Two tools to consider (both are free to download/install)
1. Google My Maps / Google Earth Pro -- A relatively simple, user-friendly option for adding maps/media to your documents and presentations
Google's official Google Earth Pro tutorial page (Google Earth Pro is a light-weight client that can be easily installed to your own machine and is linked to your Google account
Example using Google My Maps / Google Earth Pro
2. QGIS -- A full function Geographical Information System (open source)
The QGIS.org training material site (QGIS can be installed to your own machine or accessed on campus computers)
A very good set of short tutorials by Ujaval Gandhi is here
Example using QGIS
Example from the Spring Skills 2017 Session
Campus locations where QGIS can be accessed:
Geospatial datasets can put your research into a highly informative context. Whether you are researching migration, economics, history or gender, the underlying spatial context for your research will often be worth including in your thesis, dissertation or presentation.
These days, there is a wealth of information available. If you would like assistance in reviewing the suitability and retrievability of a data set, please contact the Geospatial Services librarian.
Some data sets
EUROSTAT: A wide ranging data portal for European information (national and sub-national scale data)
OECD: A wide ranging data portal for national scale data for the entire world.
IMF: Access to Macroeconomic and Financial data
Copernicus: The collection of European monitoring systems -- satellite, ground-based, air and sea -- that provide multiple contextual perspectives, including environmental, social, economic and health
Natural Earth: A great source for global scale geospatial files (cultural, physical and imagery) -- note the "Quick Start Kit" as a data set download option -- these files can immediately provide a background/context visualization for your research topic
Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center: A NASA data portal hosted by Columbia University with wide ranging maps and data sets supporting the integration of socioeconomic and earth science data
OpenStreetMap: An option for providing a colloquial context for your research topic
NOAA’s Significant Earthquake database: Highly customizable data download interface produces files that include latitude and longitude [for immediate mapping]
USGS EarthExplorer: A huge collection of remote sensing data for that could serve as a relevant backdrop for research in economics, sociology, public policy, international relations, legal studies, anthropology, etc., and obviously environmental science
Refugees, Asylum and Migration
EUROSTAT's Asylum and Managed Migration statistics