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Provides an overview of resources related to regional and urban planning available through the OU Architecture Library.
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To located journal articles on your subject, use the databases listed below.

  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
    Indexes periodicals published worldwide on architecture, archaeology, interior design, and historic preservation. Covers the international scholarly and popular periodical literature.
  • CompendexWeb
    Indexes and abstracts over 5,000 journals, conferences, and technical reports covering the broad subject areas of applied science and engineering, with over 175 disciplines and major specialties within engineering.
    Provides access to materials in African-American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Ecology, Economics, Education, Finance, General Science, History, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Population Studies, Sociology, Statistics. It is a digitized archive of the backfiles of selected scholarly journals. Full text available.
  • PAIS International
    Index to public and social policy issues, foreign and domestic. Materials indexed include journal articles, government documents, books, pamphlets, yearbooks, and directories.
  • Academic Search Premier
    Multidisciplinary database covering social sciences, humanities, education, physical and life sciences, and ethnic studies.
  • Sanborn Maps (Oklahoma)
    Provides access to detailed maps of Oklahoma cities from late 1800s to the mid 1900s. View street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, building use and physical features, house and block numbers, pipelines, railroads, wells and dumps. Special features include the ability to manipulate the maps, magnify and zoom in on specific sections, and layer maps from different years. Dates vary by city.

Useful encyclopedias, handbooks, and bibliographies

Encyclopedia of rural America : the land and people - Goreham, Gary  

Call Number: Bizzell Reference: E 169.12 .E54 2008

Encyclopedia of urban cultures : cities and cultures around the world - Ember, Melvin  

Call Number: Bizzell Reference: HT 108.5 .E53 2002

Encyclopedia of American urban history - Goldfield, David R.  

Call Number: Bizzell Stacks: HT 123 .E49 2007

American cities : a bibliography - Kura, N. O.  

Call Number: Bizzell Stacks: HT 123 .K87 2001

Measuring landscapes : a planner's handbook - Leitão, Andre Botequilha  

Call Number: Bizzell Stacks: QH 541.15 .L35 M43 2006

Trip Generation - Institute of Transportation Engineers  

Call Number: Bizzell Stacks: HE 371 .A3 T76 2008

The latest illustrated book of development definitions - Moskowitz, Harvey S.  

Call Number: HT 167 .M683 2004

The sustainable city: urban regeneration and sustainability - C.A. Brebbia  

Call Number: Reference: HT 170 .S89 2000

Planning and Urban Design Standards - American Planning Association  

Call Number: Reference: TH 2031 .P55 2006

Online Resources

  • Transportation Demand Management Encyclopedia
    The Online TDM Encyclopedia contains information on transportation demand management strategies, planning, evaluation and implementation. It has thousands of hyperlinks that provide instant access to more detailed information, including case studies and reference documents.
  • Complete Streets resources
    The National Complete Streets Coalition has collected reports, fact sheets, and planning and implementation guides for designers of road projects.
  • Risk Management Research
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published its research on Risk Management in a number of city/regional planning domains, such as stormwater management.
  • Transportation Enhancement activities
    The U.S. Dep't. of Transportation Federal Highway Administration offers funding for 12 activities related to "surface transportation, scenic and historic highway programs, landscaping and scenic beautification, historic preservation, and environmental mitigation."
  • Greenways Inc.
    Greenways Inc. includes many resources for government agencies, corporations, and non-profit organizations who planning to incorporate "green infrastructure" into places where people live and work. The website includes plans, committee meeting minutes, posters, executive summaries, and other materials that give students an insight into the entire process of creating greenways.
  • National Charrette Institute -- Tools and Resources
    The NCI provides guidance and training materials for city planners who are interested in using this design and planning format to develop their community.
  • Density
    The Planning Commissioners Journal provides links to publications by various institutes and individuals on achieving and maintaining a desirable density for your community.

    (Tip: Most of the other web resources listed on this Guide were found through the Planning Commissioners Journal website.)
  • Online Public Hearings Resource Guide
    All twelve section of "Dealing with Contentious Public Hearings," an article published in the Winter 2010 issue of Planning Commissioners Journal have been made accessible online. The online version includes additional resources related to the topics discussed.
  • U.S. Census Data
    Regional and city planners can access myriad data from the U.S. Census from the government's website.
  • Centre for Urban History at Leicester
    "Established in 1985, the Centre for Urban History (CUH) is a specialist research centre of international academic excellence which attracts MA and PhD students from around the world." This website includes links to other useful resources, including bibliographies, for students and teachers.
  • 2011 Statistical Abstract
    The Statistical Abstract compiles data gathered by several U.S. federal agencies, including, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
  • The Institute for Quality Communities
    The Institute for Quality Communities within the College of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma (OUIQC), is a forum for researchers, students and Oklahoma community leaders to collaborate in an effort to enhance Oklahoma communities.

Browsing in the Library

HT101-395 Urban groups. The city. Urban sociology

HT161-165 Garden cities. "The city beautiful"
HT165.5-169.9 City planning
HT170-178 Urban renewal. Urban redevelopment
HT201-221 City population--Including children in cities, immigration
HT231 Effect of city life
HT251-265 Mental and moral life
HT281 Recreation. Amusements
HT321-325 The city as an economic factor. City promotion
HT330-334 Metropolitan areas
HT351-352 Suburban cities and towns
HT361-384 Urbanization. City and country
HT388 Regional economics. Space in economics
HT390-395 Regional planning


NA9000-9248 Aesthetics of cities. City planning and beautifying

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