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URBS 3993: Urban Studies Senior Seminar: The Built Environment

Spring 2024

About this guide

overhead view of cityscapeWelcome! This page highlights key resources for conducting effective research for Prof. Claire Panetta's senior seminar, The Built Environment, including the following:

  • Reference sources to find background information on your topic
  • Catalogs and search tips to find books in print and online
  • Databases for locating scholarly journal articles, reviews, and policy reports
  • Database for locating news articles, transcripts, and videos
  • Reliable sources of data and statistics
  • Places to find maps and GIS resources
  • How to find primary sources and archival collections
  • Qualitative research methods tutorials and handbooks
  • Resources for citing your sources and writing in urban studies
  • Tips to to help keep textbook costs down

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

Image: "The Interwoven Cityscape" by Peter Alfred Hess, via flickr

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.