Creating a StoryMap

Esri StoryMaps enable you to combine maps, narrative text, images, and multimedia content that tell a
story. The story you create is a web page that allows you to add and assemble various content “blocks”
which can include one or more elements.

Getting Started

StoryMaps is part of Esri’s ArcGIS Online platform. To login for the first time using your VassarOne Single
Sign-On (SSO), follow these steps.

Once you’ve logged in for the first time, there are two ways to login in:

You can either login at

1. click the app launcher on the top right of the interface

2. select StoryMaps

Alternatively, you can go directly to the StoryMaps site ( and login there.
If you run into any problems logging in or using the software please submit a request for GIS

Using StoryMaps

This tutorial covers all the functionality of StoryMaps—from how to start a new story, add maps, immersives, and embeds to how to publish and share your story—in a simple, direct way. Refer back to different sections as needed, which cover different capabilities. (Note: StoryMaps sometime have inconsistency in “saving the StoryMap as drafts,” hence we suggest one to save the StoryMap by publishing the map to the “Private” sharing level.)

Redlands University also have a Story Map Guidelines that provides some great suggestions for approaching your story.

If you wish to create bilingual StoryMaps, there is a resource you may find helpful. The author provides two different approaches, with examples of each:

  • including text in both languages in each content block as the reader scrolls through the story
  • providing the reader with a choice of one language or another

Re-editing StoryMaps

There are a couple of ways to edit your StoryMap after publishing it.

1. You can edit your StoryMap directly on the top right when you are viewing your StoryMap after logged in.

2. You can also edit your StoryMap by logging in through, go to “Content”, and click the StoryMap itself or the “···” on the right.