The University of Texas

Community and Regional Planning

Top Indexes and Databases

  • PAIS International
    Bibliographic index with abstracts covering the full range of political, social, and public policy issues. Includes documents published worldwide in any of six languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. The subject headings and abstracts are in English
  • Environment and Planning
    Provides indexing to four journals devoted to urban planning, research and design: Environment and Planning A, Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, and Environment and Planning D
  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
    Indexes more than 2,000 periodicals published worldwide on architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation
  • SimplyMap
    An Internet-based mapping application that enables users to develop interactive thematic maps and reports using thousands of demographic, business, and marketing data variables. SimplyMap is designed so that most users need less than 10 minutes of training in order to use the product.
  • Social Explorer
    Provides easy access to historical census data for the United States. Allows users to visually analyze and understand the demography of any part of the United States with access to the following:
    • Interactive thematic maps of historical census data
    • Customized reports for any chosen area or areas (including aggregates)
    • Complete coverage of the United States, down to neighborhoods and streets
    • Simple navigation buttons and a find tool make it easy and efficient to study neighborhoods
  • OECD iLibrary
    The online publications portal of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Comprises 17 Studies by Themes for monographs and reports; all OECD books and papers published since 1998; and the OECD statistical databases online, which cover over 80 countries with data going back to the 1960s.
  • Academic Searh Complete
    A comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full text database
  • Web of Science (ISI Web of Knowledge)
    Covers more than 8,400 journals in all subject areas. Provides web access to all three ISI citation indexes, including: Science Citation Index Expanded
  • Ulrich's Periodical Directory Online
    Provides information about journals and magazines, including where each title is indexed

For images:

  • ARTstor
    Comprised of over a million digital images of visual material encompassing artistic and historical traditions across many time periods and cultures, including architectural drawings. The concistent high quality of the images and information accompanying them makes these a preferred source for images.

    For more on images, visit the School of Architecture Visual Resource Collection

Other Relevant Resources

  • WorldCat
    Online union catalog describing the collections of thousands of libraries around the world.
  • Google Books
    Search engine for books and journals digitized by Google and digital editions from many publishers, note that it is limited to digital/digitized materials. Use advanced search to search by title.
  • Google Scholar
    Search engine for academic literature, note that it only search a small fraction of what is available through specialized databases. Particularly useful to find articles and books that cite a particular article/book.
  • Data Management at UT
    Useful information to help researchers manage their data, identify resources at UT, and create data management plans required by funding agencies.
  • APA Resources
    Key planning information from the APA, including research projects, publications, blogs, multimedia broadcasts, and the APA Library.
  • APA Library
    The American Planning Association Library houses more than 5,800 volumes on planning and allied fields and adds several hundred new titles each year.
  • APA 100 Essential Books of Planning
    To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the American planning movement, the American Planning Association has created a list of the books essential to planning.

Main Journals

Current issues of the following journals can be found in the Architecture & Planning Library Reading Room. Earlier issues can be found on the south side (left side) of upper stacks level - level 6.

Remember! We also have print and/or online subscriptions to many other relevant journals. Find ejournals here.

Finding Books

Use the Library Catalog:

  • start with keywords
  • once you find a good title, check the subject headings
  • you can save and/or email titles by using the Save to Clipboard button
  • search tips – truncation (*), phrases (“ “), for more tips see: Advanced Search

Find Articles from a Citation

When you have a citation for a specific article you will need to search for the title of the journal or magazine, the source. Once you find the journal, look for the year, volume and page number in the citation to locate the article.

  • e-journals: from the Research Tools drop down menu choose Find a Journal
  • print journals: from the Library Catalog choose Journal Title
    • current issues are kept in the reading room in alphabetical order
      • you can see the call number next to the title label
    • back issues are shelved at the upper stacks level (level 6) by call number

Research Tips

  • keep a research journal, include where you have looked, what you found and how you found it
  • manage your citations: use EndNote or Zotero
  • check out the classes and other services your library has to offer!




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