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Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

This Subject Guide provides you with many GPS resources which can enable you to successfully use this technology for research or coursework.

Garmin Oregon 550t GPS

A separate guide is available to walk you through some of the basic user functions of the Garmin Oregon 550t GPS receiver.  You can access that guide at:

Equipment Borrowing

The Kelvin Smith Library loans GPS devices to the CWRU community, courtesy of the CSGD.  We currently have 3 recreational GPS devices available and 1 survey grade GPS device available for no-cost loan. To borrow a device, you must have an active Case ID, and your library account must be clear of any fines.  If you lose a unit, you are responsible for paying a replacement fee.

Three Garmin Oregon 550t GPS (with camera) are available for a 3-night loan from the KSL Service Desk. Simply stop by with your Case ID to check one out!  If you need the unit for longer, email and explain why you need an extension.

One Trimble Geo 5T Handheld GPS is available for special loan through the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship.   This device can be used for research projects, field work and special class projects through consultation with Ann Holstein, GIS Specialist/Librarian at the Kelvin Smith Library.  Please contact Ann directly to arrange to borrow this device at ‌ or 216-368-8689.  ArcPad 10.2 is installed on this device, so you should become familiar with it before borrowing the GPS.  A free, online, 3-hour training course "Field GIS: Collecting and Editing Data Using ArcPad 10" is available through ESRI which is a pre-requisite prior to equipment checkout.  Please print out or email Ann a copy of your training certificate.

Need Help?

Contact Ann Holstein if you need any GPS help or advice such as:

  • Starting your GPS project
  • Using GPS devices
  • Downloading and processing data collected on your GPS device 
  • Scheduling or registering for a training session

You may send questions via email or make an appointment for a consultation.