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ARCH 423/UP 423/Environ 370: Intro to Urban and Environmental Planning

This guide is to help students in Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning as they prepare their issue analysis papers.

Literature Search to identify Stakeholders' Voices

Topics related to:

Economic Issues (gentrification, private/public partnerships, etc.)

Try EconLit

Environmental Issues (water quality, climate change, air emissions, etc.)

Try  Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management

International Topics (cities around the world, global issues)

Try Scopus and ProQuest News & Current Events

Social Issues (poverty, education, citizen participation, etc.)

Try Social Sciences Abstracts and Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Science)

Transportation Issues (automobile, rail, bicycle, roadways, etc.)

Try TRID (Transportation Research International Documentation)

Urban Issues (housing, public policy, role of city government, etc.)

Try PAIS (Public Affairs International Service)

These multi-disciplinary databases may also be useful to search.  Don't try just one source -- try a few databases!




ProQuest News & Current Events

Web of Science


MIchigan Stakeholders

For other cities, search online for the city government site.  Often cities will post reports and minutes from city meetings.

Identifying the Stakeholders

Think of all the groups and people who have an interest in your issue.  Find their voices in journal and newspaper articles, blogs, websites, city planning department documents, etc.  In the boxes below you'll find resources to search specific subject areas.  Use the databases to find articles about your specific topic.  Those articles will help you identify those with an interest in the topic.  Try a few different databases to get a broad perspective on your topic.  As an example, if you're looking for information on housing for the elderly in Hong Kong, you might try searching  PAIS, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Scopus.  You might also search the web to find the Hong Kong Housing Authority for information about how the city addresses senior citizen housing needs. 


Researching Detroit

For books on Detroit, try these subject searches in Mirlyn:

City Planning -- Michigan -- Detroit.             

Detroit (Mich.) -- buildings, structures, etc.           

Detroit (Mich.) -- history.

Detroit (Mich.) -- economic conditions.         

Detroit (Mich.) -- social conditions.        

Detroit (Mich.) -- race relations.

These databases may be useful as you begin research on Detroit.  You may also want to consult the list of databases at the Cities tab of the Urban & Regional Planning Research Guide.