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Resources for Urban and Community Studies


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Public Policy

Hartford, Connecticut in 1907 from a contemporary postcard

Library Collections and Services

The UCONN Libraries Catalog: HOMER

Useful subject headings include:

Central business districts
Cities and townes
City planning
City and town life
Civic improvement
Community development, urban
Community power
Education, urban
Garden cities
Hartford (Conn.)

Housing policy
Inner cities
Land use, urban
Minorities and housing
Planned communities
Public health
Public spaces
Regional planning
Sociology, urban
Suburbs Urban beautification

Urban economics
Urban geography
Urban policy
Urban poor
Urban renewal
Urban transportation
Urban ecology
Tourism and city planning
Waterbury (Conn.)


Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan Service
Available only to members of the UConn community.
Research Guides and Electronic Resources
Research QuickStart
Library Tutorials

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Library Databases

ABI/Inform contains abstracts of articles from approximately 2500 international journals covering business and management and related functional areas.
Academic OneFile scholarly journal articles and popular magazines covering all topics. A great database for beginning searches.
Academic Search Premier a multidisciplinary magazine & journal database that provides the full text of over 4,500 journals and magazines, and indexes a total of more than 8,000 titles in all disciplines.
America: History and Life is a complete bibliographic reference to the history of the United States.
EconLit is the fundamental research tool in economics and includes regional and urban economics.
Issues & Controversies summarizes current issues and controversies in political, economic, social and scientific topics. 1995-current.
PAIS International summaries articles in political, economic, and social issues. Covers the public and social policy literature of business, economics, finance, law, international relations, public administration, government, and political science. 1915-current.
Social Sciences Citation Index indexes over 1,700 journals in the social sciences. Some full-text available. 1994-present.
Sociological Abstracts scholarly journal articles about sociology and other social and behavioral sciences. Includes culture & social structure; economic development; evaluation research; family & social welfare; management and complex organizations; policy planning. 1963-present.

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Electronic Journals and Citations

Berkeley Planning Journal
Brookings-Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs (full text 2000 to present)
Citing Sources
Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research strives to share HUD-funded and other research on ho and urban policy issues with scholars, government officials, and others involved in setting policy and determining the direction of future research.
Electronic Journal Locator The University of Connecticut Libraries purchases access to over 10,000 journals, and in full text, through various databases and commercial journal providers.
Hartford Courant
from 07/11/1887 to 12/31/1922 in ProQuest Historical Newspapers
from 01/01/1923 to 12/31/1984 in ProQuest Historical Newspapers
from 1992 to present in ProQuest Selectable Full Text Newspapers
Planning Commissioners Journal
Full text Urban & Community Studies journals at Trecker Library

Key Web Sites

Hartford, Connecticut
City of Hartford official municipal site, providing extensive information on the city, its government, services, education...
Hartford, Connecticut Bibliography: a list of book and articles studying various aspects of Hartford.
HartfordInfo a project of the Hartford Public Library and the Hartford Community Information Center: information and data from a wide variety of sources.
Hispanic Health Council
Hog River Journal Hartford and the region's magazine of history, culture, and the arts.

Connecticut Historical Society
Connecticut History Online Images from the Connecticut Historical Society, Mystic Seaport, and the University of Connecticut's Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, the Connecticut State Library, and the New Haven Colony Historical Society.
Connecticut Municipality Web Sites
Connecticut State Data Center is a cooperative program between the states and the Census Bureau that was created in 1978 to make data available locally to the public through a network of state agencies, universities, libraries, and regional and local governments.
Connecticut State Library
State of Connecticut Website

United States
Cyburbia: the urban planning portal
Library of Congress American Memory Project provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.
Sprawl City a website about Consumption Growth and Population Growth, with U.S. Bureau of Census data.
United States Bureau of the Census
United States Department of Health and Human Services
United States Department of Labor
United States State and Metropolitan Data Book contains a collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States at the State and metropolitan area levels. Selected data for component counties and central cities of metropolitan areas are also included.
United States Statistical Abstract published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.

Demography & Population Studies from the World-Wide Web Virtual Library
NationMaster a massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD. Using the form above, you can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics with ease.

Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings and even explore galaxies in the Sky. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places and share with others.
National Geographic Map Machine
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas Library. Links to current and historical maps from all areas of the world, as well as links to other map-related sites.
UConn MAGIC (Map and Geographical Information Center)

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Associations and Research Institutions

American Planning Association provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in community planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.
American Public Health Assiciation aims to protect all Americans and their communities from preventable, serious health threats and strives to assure community-based health promotion and disease prevention activities and preventive health services are universally accessible in the United States.
Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning is a consortium of university-based programs offering credentials in urban and regional planning.
Urban Affairs Association is the international professional organization for urban scholars, researchers, and public service providers.
Urban Institute gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues — to foster sound public policy and effective government.
Urban Land Institute initiates research that anticipates emerging land use trends and issues, proposing creative solutions based on that research.

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University of Connecticut Departments

Department of Geography
Department of Public Policy
Urban and Community Studies

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If you have questions or comments, please contact:
Janice Mathews,
Liaison Librarian to
Urban and Community Studies,
Harleigh B. Trecker Library
1800 Asylum Ave.
University of Connecticut, West Hartford, CT 06117
VOICE: (860)-570-9105
FAX: (860)-570-9027
The Library Liaison Program
provides faculty and students with a personal contact to whom library-related issues and questions may be addressed.

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