Making My Way Downtown: The Rhetoric of the City

Spg 2010


Christopher Matson

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Urban Studies

Encyclopedias and Guides

Selected Searchworks Catalog Subject Terms

Suggested Databases and Electronic Journals:

  • Alternative Press Index, 1991 โ€” 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 โ€” 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 โ€” present. Indexes social and public policy literature.
  • PolicyFile. Indexes research reports from public policy think tanks, university research programs, research organizations and publishers.

Find Statistics

Recommended Sources for Statistics:

  • iPoll databank @ the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research: IPoll is a comprehensive, up-to-date source for US nationwide public opinion. A full-text retrieval system, the iPoll online database is organized at the question level, providing the tools to sift through nearly a half million questions asked on national public opinion surveys, 1935 to present.
  • Historical statistics of the United States: the standard source for quantitative indicators of American history. Click on the Online link for digital database
  • Proquest Statistical Insight: Provides abstracts and indexes of statistical information from over 100,000 U.S. government publications from 1973, state and private sources from 1980, and approximately 2000 documents from international organizations from 1983. Includes index to international statistics.
  • FIRST: an integrated database system that offers "up-to-date and clearly documented information covering many areas in the field of international relations and security, such as hard facts on states and international organizations, statistics, chronologies and data on, for example, conflicts, arms transfers and military expenditure."
  • Polling the Nations: A database of polls taken on a variety of subjects all over the world. Each record in the database consists of one poll question and the participants' responses.
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