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Belzberg Library welcomes students in the Semester in Dialogue to SFU Vancouver. Use this guide to find and evaluate research material for your projects. If you have any further questions about library services, please Ask a Librarian.
Library research involves selecting your topic, identifying the best sources and appropriate research tools, accessing the items found, and evaluating your results. Start Your Research Here is a brief guide that will help you with this process.
Start your hunt for information "at home" by visiting the SFU Library home page. This gathers all the best research tools, guides, and research help in one place. Try Library Search to quickly find books, articles and information in one search.
Books, articles and web sites on your course reading list or course outline can also provide a good starting point, particularly if the items include bibliographies, references, or links to related material.
Canadian Journal of Urban Research
Focuses on urban theory and methodology, empirical research, problem and policy-oriented analyses, and cross-national comparative studies.
Housing Policy Debate
Focuses on affordable housing, housing related poverty alleviation and integration strategies, and metropolitan development trends.
Housing research from a variety of disciplines, including political science, urban studies, history, social administration, sociology, geography, law, planning and economics.
International Journal of Housing Policy
This journal contains publications that engage in the critical analysis of housing policy, systems and practice from a social science perspective.
Journal of Planning Literature
Review articles and abstracts of recent literature in city and regional planning and design.
Articles contributing to an understanding of the current and future global urban condition, with an emphasis on geography and social sciences.
Research addressing the rapid changes taking place in cities and urban regions from an empirical, theoretical, or a policy perspective.
Comprehensive Canadian periodical collection for reference and current events.
Canadian Research Index
Covers publications of research value put out by the Canadian Government.
Materials relating to physical and human geography.
International Political Science Abstracts
Comprehensive, global database providing access to abstracts and information on world-wide political science journals.
Social Services Abstracts
Includes materials relating to social work, human services, social welfare, social policy, and community development.
Taylor & Francis Online
Journals published in a wide range of subject areas, including Geography, Political Science and Urban Studies.
Search the Catalogue to find books, reports, and media materials in the SFU Library at all three campuses (Belzberg - Vancouver; Bennett - Burnaby; Fraser - Surrey).
Searching by keyword is the best way to start. Once you have found good results with your keyword searches, use the subjects on those items to focus your search.
Try the following subject headings: (To search for books by subject heading, use the Browse Search option in the SFU Library Catalogue, then select Subject browse from the drop-down menu.)
- City planning -- British Columbia
- City planning -- British Columbia -- Vancouver
- Home ownership -- Canada
- Housing -- British Columbia
- Housing -- British Columbia -- Vancouver
- Housing -- Canada
- Housing -- Canada -- Statistics
- Housing policy -- British Columbia
- Housing policy -- Canada
- Public housing -- Canada
- Urban renewal -- British Columbia -- Vancouver
Below is a sample of the kinds books you might find by searching within the SFU Library catalogue using some of the search strategies outlined above.
If the item is not available at Belzberg Library, or is out on loan, please request it! For a step-by-step interactive guide to searching the SFU catalogue, see the SFU Library Catalogue Search Guide.
Rental Housing Task Force
This provincial government task force has set as its mandate the balancing of BC’s tenancy laws and create fair processes to ensure safe, secure and affordable housing.
Develops, manages and administers a wide range of subsidized housing options across the province.
City of Vancouver - Housing
Addresses topics relating to Vancouver's housing crisis.
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Provides insights, research, and data regarding housing in Canada.
Selected internet sources
Directory of community, government, and social services in BC.
Homelessness Services Association of BC
Develops and implements research and evidence-based best practices to address the causes and solutions to homelessness.
BC Non-Profit Housing Association
Develops and delivers research projects relating to the non-profit housing sector.
Research guides for related subjects
Subject research guides are produced by SFU liaison librarians to point you to the best external sources as well as providing information about publications available in the library. Try these guides for further suggestions:
- Community Economic Development
- Public Policy
- Political Science
- Urban Studies
Writing and citing
Writing and Style Guides
Will tell you how to cite your sources properly.
Citation or reference management tools
Collect your journal article, book, or other document citations together in one place, and help you create properly formatted bibliographies in almost any style — in seconds. Citation management tools help you keep track of your sources while you work and store your references for future use and reuse.
If you would like any further assistance or information about the library or your research, don't hesitate to Ask a Librarian.