Selected Resources for: Urban Studies

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Subject Librarian:

Mary E. Schoenborn

hawki003@tc.umn.edu

This subject covers: trends in urban form and society, including cultural analysis, political economy and infrastructure.


Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Since its establishment in 1914, PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) has chronicled issues in the public debate through highly selective coverage of a wide variety of sources, including references to monographs, periodical articles, notes and announcements, government documents, policy reports and analytics. Addition of the Archive to our current PAIS International database extends comprehensive access to public and social policy information.

This core database for the field of sociology contains information on sociology and social policy worldwide. Sociological Abstracts includes citations from the 1952-present.

Produced by the 25-nation Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), headquartered in Paris, together with the United States' Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the 31 nations of the European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT), Transport indexes journal articles, technical reports and conference papers on surface transportation systems including marine transportation and their components including highway, traffic, transport, road safety, and economic and social aspects of transportation systems.

The Libraries' subscription to this resource allows for 4 users at any one time. If you get a busy signal, please wait a few minutes and try accessing the site again.


Catalogs & Indexes to Government Publications

Congressional Publications & Executive Branch Documents provides access to full-text, indexing, and abstracts of published and unpublished Hearings, Congressional Committee Prints, and Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports. The full list of searchable congressional publications and date coverages includes:

  • Legislative Histories 1969-Present
  • Bills & Laws 1789-Present
  • Committee Prints & Misc. Publications 1789-Present
  • Congressional Record Bound Edition & Predecessors 1789-Present
  • Congressional Record Daily Edition 1985-Present
  • CRS Reports 1916-Present
  • Hearings 1824-Present
  • House & Senate Documents 1789-Present
  • House & Senate Reports 1789-Present
  • Serial Set 1789-Present
  • Executive Branch Documents 1789-1939


General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
MasterFILE Premier provides full text for more than 2,000 general magazines covering a broad range of disciplines. It includes Magill Book Reviews, reference and travel books, biographies, full text primary source documents, American Heritage Dictionary and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags.

In print in Wilson Library - see "More Information" for details. The complete run of The New York Times newspaper is available in the Periodicals/Reserve area in the basement of Wilson Library and via our online archive. See the "News Sources" page at: http://www.lib.umn.edu/articles/news.phtml for other options to online versions of the New York Times. The University Libraries also own a print edition of the Index covering from 1851-present. It includes a subject index to articles in the New York Times giving references to the date, page, and column of articles in the paper as well as brief synopses of the articles themselves.


Indexes, Other

A comprehensive index to more than 12 million biographical sketches in more than 3,400 volumes and editions of current and retrospective reference books, covering over 4 million contemporary and historical figures throughout the world.

Index to statistical publications from US and state government agencies, international intergovernmental organizations, professional and trade organizations, business organizations, commercial publishers, independent research organizations, and universities.


Catalogs and Bibliographies

Catalogs

Search with MNCAT to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.


General Reference Sources

Directories

The Minnesota Guidebook to State Agency Services provides a comprehensive look at Minnesota State Government. It includes key agency contacts, services provided by State agencies, opportunities for citizen participation in state policy making, licensing fees and requirements, and much more.

State of Minnesota Telephone Directory


Encyclopedias

Useful headings: Rapid Transit, Transportation, Urbanization, Urban Technologies, and Railroads.


General Reference Works

CQ Press is a publisher of research about the American government, politics, history, public policy, and current affairs. CQ Researcher includes reports on current affairs, social policy and other controversies back to 1923. CQ Almanac has analysis on the major legislation and actions of congress for each year since 1945. CQ Weekly provides in-depth reporting on public policy, politics, congressional legislation, and elections extending back to 1983. Other content includes Voting and Elections Collection and Politics in America.

Minneapolis-St.Paul: People, Place and Public Life.

See Chapter 6: The Suburbs and Beyond: Living, Working and Planning for the Future.

A Roper Center Review of Public Opinion and Polling


Handbooks and Manuals

As the official handbook of the Federal Government, The United States Government Manual provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. The Manual also includes information on quasi-official agencies; international organizations in which the United States participates; and boards, commissions, and committees.


Laws and Legislation

Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. It is presented by the Library of Congress (LOC) using data from the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Office of the Secretary of the Senate, the Government Printing Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the LOC's Congressional Research Service.


Internet Resources

Gateways & Megasites

GPO Access is a service of the US Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government. The information provided on this site is the official, published version and the information retrieved from GPO Access can be used without restriction, unless specifically noted.


Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions

Magazine Titles

Useful for tracking federal legislation. Also known as CQ Weekly Report. After 1998, this publication is known as CQ Weekly. The online version contains the full-text of articles since 1983.


News Sources

Minnesota News Sources - December 1991 -present. Choose Guided News Search on the first page. Then, under step one, select the news catagory U.S. News. Under step two, select Minnesota News Sources; then enter your search.

A guide to MInnesota newspapers and other Minnesota news sources.


Primary Source Materials

Reports

Designed as a starting place for research, 48 reports per year provide background on current topics of widespread interest. The reports define the issues and include a chronology and extensive bibliographies.

Created by the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library for their "Resources on Minnesota Legislative Issues" series. It is intended to provide an introduction to the topic of light rail transportation in Minnesota.


Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

Allows you to track current legislation, find bills from 1993 to date, and search the current "Minnesota Statutes", "Session Laws of Minnesota" and the current "Minnesota Rules".

Transportation Research Board is a joint effort of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council. The board works to resolve critical transportation issues facing the nation. Studies have examined highway speed limits, school bus safety, railroad tank car precautions, and ways to reduce crowded conditions at airports.


Statistics and Data

Data Resources


Statistical Resources

Current and historical statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation on transportation-related subjects including transportation as it relates to safety, the economy, energy, and the environment.

Index to statistical publications from US and state government agencies, international intergovernmental organizations, professional and trade organizations, business organizations, commercial publishers, independent research organizations, and universities.

Statistical Portrait of the United States: Social Conditions and Trends


Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).


Writing Guides

The Rhetoric Department, English Department, Center for the Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing and the General College Writing Center have come together to bring you writing support in one place.

Covers citation forms for federal, state, regional, and local documents as well as those of some international bodies.


Library Information

Wilson Library

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West Bank, Minneapolis Campus
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Government Publications Library

Basement Level, Wilson Library
West Bank, Minneapolis Campus

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