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If you are new to GIS and wish to create your own maps using shapefiles, there are plenty of free resources that you can use. Here is a brief introduction. Also, the free Learn2Map GIS Tutorial and Shapefile Atlas has helped many learn the fundamentals of GIS so that they can create their own GIS map projects.

There are also many free GIS software programs and other free shapefiles available, including the U.S. Census Tiger/Line 2009 ArcGIS Shapefiles for creating base layers like roads, highways, political districts, rivers, etc.

Here are some useful GIS shapefiles:

Toxic Release Inventory ArcGIS Shapefiles Based on Latest October, 2012 EPA Dataset.

Canada Forward Sortation Areas (FSAs) Postal Code GIS Shapefiles.

U.S. Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Shapefiles Based on USGS GNIS Data Updated 10/1/2012.

Discount U.S. Zip Code Shapefiles Based on 2012 TIGER/Line Shapefiles with 2010 U.S. Census Demographic Data.

Discount U.S. Zip Code Shapefiles Based on 2010 U.S. Census Data.

U.S. Nuclear Energy Power Plants GIS Shapefile.

U.S. Streams, Rivers and Waterways GIS Shapefiles Based on 2012 USGS Data.

U.S. Water Body and Wetland GIS Shapefiles Based on 2012 USGS Data.

U.S. Elementary, Secondary and Unified School District Shapefiles.

U.S. Tornadoes from 1950 through 2008 GIS shapefiles.

U.S. Dams ArcGIS Shapefile - Name, Location, Risk-Level, Purpose and Type of Dam.

Indian & Federal Lands ArcGIS Shapefiles.

Climate Change Global Warming Shapefiles - Changes in Temperature and Precipitation from 2010 through 2099.

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