Instructions for Working with Delaware Adult Literacy Interactive Maps



This map can be broken into three separate sections.  The first part (# 1 below) is the menu where you decide what you want to see on your map.  This is done by clicking in the square boxes beside each menu item.  The second part (# 2 below) is the actual map where the choices you make from the menu are displayed.  The third part (# 3 below) contains a tool bar which allows you to search for active features, zoom in and out, identify items, etc.




Directions for selecting map layers (menu items) from section one.


To place items on your map simply check or uncheck the square box next to the item you want mapped.  When the map first opens Towns are already turned on by default.  You can turn this item off by un-checking it if desired. 


Certain menu items cannot be checked while others are selected, and will reset menu items that are in conflict.  For example it is not possible to map Median Income and the Number of People Below Poverty at the same time, checking any one of these items will un-check the other. 


Some menu items are scale dependent and will not appear as choices until you are closely zoomed into an area on the map.  For instance, Highways always appear as a selectable map item; however when you zoom into small areas, Roads also appear as a menu choice and are automatically turned on.  They can be turned off by un-checking if desired, the Block Group outline layer also will appear as an option when zoomed closely in.


Labels are also scale dependent.  When viewing a map of the whole state few labels are shown.  However as you zoom in closer, labels for selected items will begin to appear depending on how densely packed the items are in relation to one another.  


Making a menu item Active by clicking on the round circle next to it (only one item can be active at a time) forces the tool bar to use the selected item for searches, queries, identifies, etc.


Clicking the top left tool bar button  switches between the Menu of items you can place on your map and the Legend for those items you have selected.


Directions for using the Tool Bar (section three).


A brief description of each Tool Bar button is provided below:





1)      How to Identify features on your map:

In this example we will use the identify tool to view the details of Delaware Libraries.

Click the square box next to Libraries in section 1 to see all the public libraries on your map, and check the round circle to make this layer Active in the Tool Bar.

 Now click the  Identify Tool Bar button  to activate the Identify function.  Move your mouse so that the crosshair + is on top of the library furthest north at the very top of the state and left mouse click.  At the bottom of your map you should now see the following information:



The library furthest north in Delaware is the Claymont Library.  You can now left mouse click on any library to see its name and city.


Now make Cities / Towns the active layer by clicking on the round circle next to it in section 1.   You can now click on any yellow area in the map to get the name and population of the town or city.  The Identify Tool will work with every layer listed in section 1 if the round circle is checked next to it making it active.  As you zoom in on an area using the Zoom In Tool Bar Button  labels will automatically appear on your map for Visible Layers.  Click the Zoom To Full Extent button  to return to the full state view.


2)      How to search for features on your map:


                  Searching for an Adult Education Site


Click the square box next to Adult Education Site in section 1 to see all the Adult Education Sites on your map, and check the round circle to make this layer active in the Tool Bar.

  Now click the binoculars  from the tool bar in section 3.

Next enter Middletown into the box provided at the bottom of the page, and press Find String.





You should now see the following results at the bottom of your screen.





As you can see there are two Adult Education Sites in Delaware located near Middletown.  To see the New Start site, click on the number 2 in the left column.  The map will now zoom to both Middletown sites so that they are highlighted in blue and appear in the middle of your map.  The names of the two sites can be seen by zooming in a little closer using the Zoom In Tool  to draw a box around them while holding down the left mouse key (you should now also see the road names).  To un-highlight the sites click the Clear Selections Button from the Tool Bar .  Click the square box next to Libraries to have them appear on your map. 

Now Un-click Roads to remove them from your map, finally click the Zoom to Full Extent tool bar button  to return the map to the full state view.  If you had entered James H. Groves Newark  instead of Middletown into the find box above, the results would have only returned one Adult Education Site.


This same set of steps will allow you to search for Cities and Towns, Highways, Roads, School Districts, State Service Centers, etc.  It is important to remember that a layer has to be Active (check the round circle) in order to search it for names.  Lastly, if you do not find the item you are searching for, try again using less information (i.e. enter Latin instead of Latin American Community Center).