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Urban Studies: Getting Started

Resource guide for the Urban Studies Department

How to use this Guide for Urban Studies

Welcome to the Urban Studies Lib Guide.  This is written to support the Urban Studies Graduate program  

The tabs for each language will take you to various resources in print & electronic media - books, journals, databases, blogs, etc. Feel free to email me at  or use either of the Instant Message links in the box to the right.

Starting a research project

  • Create one sentence or question to define your topic

  • Find keywords that describe your research topic – brainstorm – free associatio - find synonyms with a thesaurus

  • Create a starting point for your search  by combining terms.

  • After first iteration, narrow or widen search – include quotes if needed or wildcard truncation (? Or *)

  • Do you only want scholarly materials or will you include popular publications as well  ?