I am standardizing several shapefiles.

How do I go about copying data from one attribute field to a new attribute field i.e. would I use the calculate field tool?

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Yes the field calculate tool would be the easiest, but you would have to add the new field first. the strps would be

  • Add new Field to the shapefile using ArcCatalog or the add Field geoprocessing tool
  • Right click on the new field in ArcMap and choose Field Calculator or run the field calculator geoprocessing tool
  • Click on the name of the field you want to use as the source

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If the attributes are in different shapefiles then you will have to do a join first.

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