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URBS 3993-003: Urban Studies Senior Seminar: The Built Environment (Siener)

Prof. Christian Siener, Spring 2020

About this guide

""Welcome! This page highlights key resources for conducting effective research for Prof. Christian Siener'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
  • 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: Trees in Delancey Street, The Tree Planting Association of New York City, 1905, via NYPL Digital Collections 

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.