This guide enables students of human geography to take a critical look at the set of practices, hardware and software that are together described as GIS. * A guide to GIS for students of human geography. * Outlines the distinct approaches to inquiry employed in GIS and illustrates their relevance for human geographers. * Traces the history of GIS and human geography from 1970 to the present. * Illustrates the challenges of data collection, classification in the context of multiple stakeholders and epistemological approaches. * Tracks the use of GIS in applied contexts through the stages of problem definition, data acquisition and classification, choice of software, spatial analysis and graphic output. * Includes an inventory of tools and information related to GIS, including web-based resources. * Supported by a website, www.blackwellpublishing.com/schuurman.