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URBS 3450: Neighborhood and Community Development

Prof. Mary Rocco - Spring 2020

Browsing for materials about the Bronx

To browse for more materials about the Bronx in the Barnard/Columbia libraries, you can start with the subject heading Bronx (New York, N.Y.). From there, try the following to narrow your results:

  • Limit the results just to to books, video, and other medium using the Format filter.

  • Check out the other Subject Headings (e.g., Social conditions or City Planning).

  • Find primary sources such as Maps, Fiction, Biography, Zines, etc. in the Subject (Genre) filter. 

You may also encounter Bronx (New York) used as a subheading in CLIO and other library catalogs - for example, "Architecture New York (State) Bronx (New York)". To locate these materials, try creating search strings with the topic you are interested in and adding the word Bronx as one of your search terms.

Selected books about the Bronx

The following are selected books about or set in the Bronx, or that include chapters or extensive coverage of the Bronx. Note: The list includes link to books available from Barnard/Columbia libraries, but you are encouraged to look for books available through the New York Public Library, too. Any student in NYC is eligible to apply for a NYPL card and check out materials. 

Many thanks to the folks at designing the WE's Undesign the Redline project for much of the non-fiction section of this list. 

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Fiction / Poetry / Drama

Photographs / Pictorial Works

General catalog search tips

  • If you know exactly what book (journal, video, etc.) you are looking for, you can search by Title, Author, ISBN, etc.
  • To find items about a specific topic, first try a keyword search in All Fields.
    • Use "quotation marks" to search for an exact phrase: "South Bronx" 
    • Use * for truncation (to find variant spellings and endings of a word): wom*n will find woman, women, womyn; activis* will find activism, activist, activists, etc.
    • For more complex search, use AND and OR:
      • AND finds records which have all the search terms you entered.
      • OR finds records which have one of the search terms you entered, as well as records which have more than one of the terms. OR finds MORE.
    • ​Use parentheses to group terms:  "South Bronx" AND (black OR "African American") AND ("oral history" OR interview*)
  • Subject headings: If you find a book that's relevant, look at its subject headings in CLIO and click through to find more related works.