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Urban Studies Research Guide: Finding Books

Quick Searches in the Library Catalog

Search Strategies - Keyword: With keyword searching, be sure to employ LIMITS if you retrieve an unwieldy number of records. Limits include "AND" and "NOT."

urban AND history AND renewal
"urban renewal" AND new york AND history
"urban renewal" AND "united states" AND history
jacobs AND moses
jacobs AND mumford
urban NOT "New York"

Search Strategies - Subject Headings: Subject headings are elements of a "controlled vocabulary," as opposed to natural language. The upside is that subject headings are carefully, specifically applied to each library resource, but the downside is that you need to know what subject headings to choose from in order to search successfully. A few pertinent examples follow.

Urban renewal --New York (State) --New York
City planning --New York (State) --New York.
Urbanization --New York (State) --New York
City planners --New York (State) --New York --History --20th century

Sample Titles:

The battle for Gotham : New York in the shadow of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs
Wrestling with Moses : how Jane Jacobs took on New York’s master builder and transformed the American city
The urban vision; selected interpretations of the modern American city
Robert Moses and the modern city : the transformation of New York

Sample Authors to Search:

Kevin Lynch:
City sense and city design : writings and projects of Kevin Lynch
Image of the City

Nathan Glazer:
The Public face of architecture : civic culture and public spaces
From a cause to a style : modernist architecture’s encounter with the American city

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Books Beyond Princeton

Worldcat: The Catalog of Catalogs! A critical discovery tool! Try some of your Main Catalog searches in Worldcat.

RIBA is another great resource for British / English architecture.  This catalog includes not only books in the library's collection, but also indexes journals. 

Google Books: Searches the full text of books that Google scans and stores in its digital database, which Google claims holds ~7 million works.