Searching for San Jose: Urban Studies Audio Walking Tours

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Phyllis Kayten

Getting Started

  1. Use Reference Sources to jumpstart your research, to get ideas, search terms, context, and more.
  2. Find Books, Journal Titles and Media in Stanford's Online Catalog, SearchWorks.
  3. Find Articles in Selected Databases.
    Note: Stanford subscribes to over 1000 Databases that index articles and books on various topics. Since there are so many databases we recommend a select subset of databases which will give you access to articles in a wide variety of subject areas.

  4. Find Resources on your Course Theme. Click the link(s) below.

Find Urban Studies Resources

Encyclopedias and Guides

Selected Searchworks Catalog Subject Terms

Suggested Databases and Electronic Journals:

  • Alternative Press Index, 1991 — present. Indexes journals covering cultural, economic, political and social change. Provides extensive coverage of urban development.
  • Alt-PressWatch. Provides fulltext of "a collection of newspapers, magazines and journals of the alternative and independent press."
  • America: History and Life, 1964 — present. Includes abstracts of articles, dissertations, and book reviews of the U.S. and Canada from pre-history to the present.
  • Journal of Planning Literature. Principle finding aid for planning literature. Location: Engineering Library, shelved by title 1986-1992. Available in digital from 1999 to current.
  • Avery index to architectural periodicals: Offers a comprehensive listing of journal articles published worldwide on architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation. Coverage is from 1934 to the present
  • PAIS International and PAISArchive(Public Affairs Information Service), 1915 — present. Indexes social and public policy literature.
  • PolicyFile. Indexes research reports from public policy think tanks, university research programs, research organizations and publishers.

Tourism Resources

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Selected Websites:

  • Globespotters - Travel blog from the New York Times Travel Section
  • International Ecotourism Society US group promoting ecotravel
  • Lonely Planet
  • Vagabondish: the Travelzine for Today's Vagabond: a collaborative blog that discusses offbeat backpacking and travel news, advice, how-to tips and tall tales from around the world, such as the Harry Potter London Taxi Tour; Dark Tourism; Suicide Tourism: Landmark Deaths and Traveling to Die; Poverty Tourism: Exploring the Slums of India, Brazil and South Africa; Disaster Tourism: How Soon Is Too Soon After a Natural Disaster?; Grief Tourism: Straddling the Boundary Between Sympathy and Snooping. Most have links to real tour sites, like the "Tours by Isabel" site, offering a post-Katrina tour of New Orleans.

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