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Urban Studies

This is a general guide to resources for urban studies research.

About this guide

""Welcome! This guide highlights key resources for conducting effective information research in urban studies, including the following: 

  • Reference sources to find background information on your topic
  • Catalogs to search for books in print and online
  • Databases for locating scholarly journal articles, reviews, and policy reports
  • Databases for locating news articles, transcripts, and broadcasts
  • Reliable sources of data and statistics
  • Maps and GIS resources
  • Resources for citing your sources and writing in urban studies
  • Tips to to help keep textbook costs down
  • Remote library services during the COVID-19 pandemic

If you need assistance identifying additional resources, search terms or strategies, please schedule a research consultation

Image: View of Ikao Street by Kusakabe Kimbei, via New York Public Library

Background information

Consult scholarly reference sources to get an overview of a topic, an introduction to a theory, definitions to discipline-specific terms, and more.