The libraries have started trial access to a web based software called SimplyMap. It comes with both a large variety of census and business data and all the shape files to create an impressive array of maps.
The program is very simple to use and can in a few minutes create maps that will give student's research papers an extra edge. Humanities, Business and Marketing students will probably find the program especially useful as well as anyone interested in mapping.
Files can also be downloaded for use in image processing tools like Photoshop as well as GIS software such as ArcMap.
The trial will last until April 30.
A short video on how to use SimplyMap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0QbMnFQFJs