Geographic Information Systems and Science
By: Paul A. Longley, Mike Goodchild, David J. Maguire, David W. Rhind
3rd edition, published by Wiley
This book is intended for: introductory GIS class, advanced GIS class
Academic levels: more experienced undergrad students,graduate students
Nature of this book: General text book, no additional lab activities
This very comprehensive GIS textbook has become a contemporary classic for its thoroughness and reliability. It aims to explain the geographic information science that underlies spatial analysis and the effective use of GIS as a tool, and its well-known authors have the GIScience background to do this with authority. Rich with examples and figures, and much discussion of GIS application areas. Often too much content for an introductory undergrad class, especially when it’s not aimed towards geography majors. Available as an e-book too.