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Urban Professional Development

This web page is intended to help you find information for the urban transportation industry.   If you need help, please contact Nina Smart, Urban Studies Liaison Librarian, at . Additionally, help is available at Ask a librarian.

Sources bases on the Summer 2020 URB 602. Note: some resources are limited to current SFU students

CVs and interviewing

Prepare a good CV , Write a compelling job application  and Perform well at job interviews
Chapters from How to be an Academic Superhero: Establishing and Sustaining a Successful Career in the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

Creating your Academic CV OISE, University of Toronto

Resume vs. Curriculum Vitae: What's the Difference? UC Davis Internship and Career Centre

Resume and Cover Letter SFU Career Services

LinkedIn Learning
Find brief courses on CV making. For instance, "CV Success Master Class" has section "Other CV types" including academic CVs.

Career Services SFU Student Services, for "undergraduate, graduate and new alumni"
includes CV writing and interviewing resources, job posting sites, and increasing your online presence

Mastering Your Message for the Interview Episode 4 of the podcast "The Professor Is In"

Online presence and networking

Get known and networked from How to be an Academic Superhero

Visibility: Build your online presence SFU Library Scholarly Publishing

SFU Urban Studies Graduate Student Association FaceBook group

Summit SFU's institutional repository
Make your research readily available to the world

Grant-writing and presentation skills

Secure funding from How to be an academic superhero (American)

Research Commons: Grants and Funding
Fuding agencies, useful books and sites, workshops

Winning Grants Step by Step: The Complete Workbook for Planning, Developing and Writing Successful Proposals [online
List of figures, samples, and worksheets; goals; objectives; budget organization

LinkedIn Learning
Sample course:  "Grant Writing for Education" (American)

Help Funders Fund You: Five Tips for Writing Funding Application from Science

Resources to help you improve your presentation skills Research Commons, who also offer presentation consultations

Speak from How to be an academic superhero

Research landscape

Get informed and stay current from How to be an Academic Superhero

Urban Studies information resources
This SFU subject guide identifies selected resources for Urban Studies research, such as recommended journal article databases

Publication process

In brief, the Research Lifecycle consists of: Ideas> Partners> Proposal writing> Research process> Publication

Research is a Conversation video from the NVL library

Scholarly Publishing SFU Library Research Commons

Public Knowledge Project (PKP)
SFU is home to this internationally recognized open-source publishing platform

Introduction to Scholarly Communication video from the University of Guelph

Publishing and Toxic Comparison Episode 2 of the Podcast "The Professor Is In"


Resources for SFU  alumni

Alumni services SFU Library guide
SFU alumni continue to have off-campus access to some useful electronic resources, including:

Sage Research Methods Online (SRMO)
Collection of ebooks, articles, reference sources, and videos on the various types of research methods
Excellent resource for those who wish to continue research, before or after returning to school

Project MUSE Search
Humanities and social sciences ebooks and ejournals, e.g. Brookings-Wharton Papers on Urban Affairs, or Journal issue: Museums and Monuments: Memorials of Violent Pasts in Urban Space.  See also  Research Area > Art and Architecture > Architecture

OECD iLibrary
Covering country studies, forecasting publications, reports, periodicals, and socio-economic databases. Can Browse by  Theme such as: Urban, Rural and Regional Development

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
over 14,000 journals and 4,000,000 articles . Sample journal titles: UPLanD: Journal of Urban Planning, Landscape & Environmental Design; Journal of Urban and Regional Analysis; Town and Regional Planning

Other resources

Becoming an urban planner : a guide to careers in planning and urban design (online and print)

A career worth planning : starting out and moving ahead in the planning profession (online)

How to be an Academic Superhero: Establishing and Sustaining a Successful Career in the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities (online) including  Stay happy and healthy

The professor is in : the essential guide to turning your Ph.D. into a job (print)

Urban planner (online)

Work your career : get what you want from your social science or humanities PhD (online)

OpEd Project
"The world becomes more intelligent when it is more inclusive."

The Conversation Canada
Online media resource with news articles and opinion pieces written by academics and researchers who are experts in their field

SFU department resources

Community-Engaged Research Initiative
CERi focuses on a reciprocal relationship between universities and communities

Research Ethics SFU Office of Research Ethics

SFU Knowledge Mobilization
"By creating and mobilizing knowledge, nurturing partnerships and harnessing the power of research, engagement at SFU is an instrument for change"

Alumni Relations SFU

Make SPACE for Well-being SFU Health and Counselling

SFU Research Commons
Graduate writing, learning and publication, including Data services, access, and management

Thesis assistance: Templates and resources for preparing and submitting your thesis information on formatting your thesis from the SFU Library Thesis page