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Urban Studies information resources: Additional resources

SFU Urban Studies research projects

Municipal and Local history research

While the SFU catalogue has a good collection of books on various cities, especially for the Lower Mainland and BC, if you are interested researching other cities sometimes the quickest path to find local material is via the local archives or public library.

Selected archives links:

Selected public library links:

Local government websites

Web resources and Associations


United States

  • City Observatory  (Portland) "discussing the success of cities" Includes a reports and data section
  • Community Tool Box (University of Kansas) "step-by-step guidance in community-building assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, advocacy"
  • Lincoln Institute of Land Policy  online books and reports on global economic, social, and environmental challenges
  • Planetizen  "independent resource for people passionate about planning and related fields"
  • Sightline Institute  (Seattle) independent, nonprofit research and communications center that focuses on sustainability solutions that benefit communities in the Northwest
  • Social Science Research Network (SSRN)  repository of working and accepted social science papers
  • Urban Affairs Association  "the international professional organization for urban scholars, researchers, and public service professionals"

Other SFU Library subject guides