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PolicyMap is pre-populated with more than 37,000 continuously updated data sets including  demographics, home sales, mortgages, health statistics, socioeconomics, jobs and employment.  3-Layer Maps is a neighborhood search tool allowing you to find places that match one or up to three (3) criteria of data on a map. The 3-Layer Maps tools can be used to download a list of addresses which fall within one or multiple criteria (using Download Points) or a list of places that met the criteria set (using Download Places). 

For tutorials and webinars .  For more information about PolicyMap at SHU, contact your liaison librarian.

Demo:  Policy Map Demo

Quick Start Video (basic maps page)

Three Layer Map Tips

Table Tips

Healthy Food Access:

Community Health:

Early Childhood Education:


Getting Started

Enter PolicyMap website or go to:  You will see the University logo in the upper right corner. It is important to confirm you are on SHU's version of PolicyMap.

PolicyMap has its own website with a Public Edition with limited functionality.  You cannot login to PolicyMap from this page as a SHU user.  How do you know what data PolicyMap contains? It is important to know about because this is where lists of data sources and indicators resides. 

DATA INDICATORS are available at

DATA SOURCES are available at .

You may also review PolicyMap TUTORIALS for each feature.


What are your options?


These options are listed at the top of the page.  Give some though to what you want to create or what you want your students to create.

Maps - Chloropleth (thematic, shaded) maps based on data for a geographical region for a single variable.

Tables- Simple charts and data for one variable.

Reports - Create and save Community Profiles for a region (zip code, census tract, school district).

3-Layer Maps - Allow you to plot 3 variables and the part of your region that meets these criteria will be shaded.  (This will not look like the shaded maps that you create in Maps with a single variable).

Tutorials on many of these concepts are listed below: