Textbooks and Resources for Educators

Understanding Crime: Analyzing the Geography of Crime

By Spencer Chainey

This is the first book to fully explain how to effectively analyze the geography of crime. With comprehensive content that includes both new and old techniques, the book shows readers how to examine the spatial and temporal patterns of crime, analyze crime with other spatial data, and evaluate the impact of geographically targeted interventions. Whether readers are new to analyzing the geographic patterns of crime or are experienced analysts, they will benefit from learning the techniques presented in Understanding Crime. Esri Press, 2021, 304 pp., Ebook ISBN: 1589485853 and paperback ISBN: 1589485846.

The Esri Guide to GIS Analysis, Volume 2: Spatial Measurements and Statistics, Second Edition

By Andy Mitchell

This book teaches how to get better answers from map analysis using spatial measurements and statistics to get meaningful results. It provides a powerful method for analyzing geospatial data that does not require an understanding of the complex mathematical theories underpinning statistical tools. The Esri Guide to GIS Analysis, Volume 2: Spatial Measurements and Statistics, second edition, introduces readers to basic statistical concepts and some of the most common spatial statistics tasks: measuring distributions, identifying patterns and clusters, and analyzing relationships. This edition has been updated with the latest and most useful software tools and revised explanations to move from mapping to more quantitative statistical assessment. Esri Press, 2020, 288 pp., Ebook ISBN: 1589486080 and paperback ISBN: 9781589486089.

Resilient Communities across Geographies

By Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg (editor),
Steven J. Steinberg (editor), Este Geraghty (foreword)

The ability to adapt to changing physical environments is essential in a world of unexpected changes. Resilience is more than an ideal—it can be achieved through intelligent planning and assessment. Resilient Communities across Geographies is a collection of case studies that examine the application of GIS to the analysis, planning, and creation of more resilient communities. Resilient Communities across Geographies helps readers develop an expanded sense of the power of spatial thinking and GIS to address the difficult social and economic problems. This book is edited by the authors of GIS Research Methods with a foreword by Este Geraghty, Esri chief medical officer. Esri Press, 2020, 320 pp., Ebook ISBN: 1589484819 and paperback ISBN: 9781589484818.

Introduction to Human Geography Using ArcGIS Online

By J. Chris Carter

This text combines a comprehensive examination of human geography with engaging activities using the ArcGIS Online service to explore questions such as, Why are birthrates higher in one country than another and are there patterns or correlations in these rates? Introduction to Human Geography Using ArcGIS Online gets students actively involved in using geography through the ArcGIS Online exercises in each chapter. Esri Press, 2019, 440 pp., Ebook ASIN: B07N8LJVMZ and paperback ISBN: 1589485181.

Obtain Desktop Copies

Desktop copies of Esri textbooks are quickly available to instructors via the ebook delivery platform VitalSource, instead of waiting for a DVD or other materials to be shipped.

To get started, visit New users can get started by visiting the VitalSource site to create a free account. Search for a book to sample, click the book’s cover, and click the Request sample button. The instructor completes a short form about the course for which the textbook will be used. The request will be reviewed in 24 to 48 hours. Verification of status as an instructor at a higher education institution may be required. Once a request is approved, an email will be sent to allow access to the VitalSource sampling portal.

Upon approval, an instructor can sample any ebook by locating it, completing a form about the course for which it will be used, and clicking the Complete Your Request button. After receiving an email from VitalSource, clicking Add to Library makes the book accessible from My Bookshelf.

The VitalSource interface for international educators may vary. Desk copies for a specific book can also be requested from an Esri distributor or by sending an email with the name of the book, the instructor’s institution, and a contact email to

Educators of K–12 students or those at nontraditional institutions, such as consultants or professional services agencies, can obtain e-desk copies by sending an email to