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ArcGIS StoryMaps

What is a Story Map?

You might have heard of story maps in an English or composition class where they are used to identify the characters, plot, setting, problem, and solution in a story.  ArcGIS StoryMaps is different; it is a web-based application that you can use to create a professional looking web page to tell a story using text and media. The special feature of ArcGIS StoryMaps is that it includes tools that also allow you to  easily add custom maps. The resulting web page can be shared within the University of Michigan community or the whole world — without having to do any coding!

Here is an example StoryMap that I have been working that shows some of the history of Dearborn: Dearborn: A History in Maps. Content blocks included are: swipe map . Soon, I will add a sidecar that includes a chart, a timeline, and a guided tour.

What Programs Can I Use to Create a StoryMap?

This guide demonstrates using ArcGIS StoryMaps, but this isn't the only tool that you can use to create this kind of web page. Some other tools are listed below, but, at this time, the library does not provide any support for these tools.

Where Can I Get Help?

If you never made a StoryMap before, you might be wondering where to get help. This guide is a good first stop. several of the StoryMap features are outlined here. Joel Seewald, the Natural Sciences and Geography Librarian, is also a good resource (see his contact information at the left). The makers of ArcGIS StoryMaps also have an excellent Getting started with ArcGIS StoryMaps web page.


Are you looking for StoryMap ideas? There are multitudes of examples:

  • ArcGIS StoryMaps Gallery
  • U-M's My Organization gallery includes many examples of StoryMaps made by Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint faculty, researchers, staff, and students. Note that you need to be logged in to StoryMaps to view these.

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