Basic Research Resources for City & Regional Planning
Basic Research Resources for City & Regional Planning is a selective bibliographic guide to basic city and regional planning reference sources in the Environmental Design Library and selected campus libraries at UC Berkeley. Although the guide reflects the American emphasis of the collection, international planning sources are listed as well. For additional assistance please consult the Environmental Design Library reference staff, 210 Wurster Hall.
UC Berkeley faculty, registered students, and staff who are off campus may use items marked
UCB Only or
UC Only by using The Library's off-campus access services.
Compiled by Deborah Sommer. Content reviewed: June 2010
Here is a selection of
topical research guides to UC Berkeley library and web resources for planning research. For additional topics please the
complete list of guides
local information http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/ENVI/research_local.html
of city planning http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/ENVI/planning_history.html
Professional practice http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/ENVI/planning_practice.html
Social & cultural factors in environmental design http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/ENVI/research_socialfactors.html
Sprawl & the New Urbanism http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/ENVI/planning_sprawl.html
Statistics & data: U.S. http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/ENVI/planning_statistics_usa.html | International
- The Citizen's guide to planning, by Christopher J. Duerksen, C. Gregory Dale, and Donald L. Elliott. 4th ed. Chicago: American Planning Association, 2009. Good straight forward introduction to city planning.
- Doing urban research, by Gregory D. Andranovich, Gerry
Riposa. Sage Publications, 1993. Focuses
on some of the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to conduct research
about cities. Includes research design and data collection.
- Information sources in urban and regional planning: a directory and guide to reference materials, by Edward E. Duensing.
Center for Urban Policy Research, 1994. An
annotated guide to the planning literature. Lists planning organizations, organized by
discipline. Covers titles published since 1979.
Thesis and dissertation research (UC Berkeley, Library). A strategic guide
for city planning, urban design, and landscape architecture graduate students
beginning their professional report, thesis, or dissertation work at UC Berkeley.
- Social science reference sources: a practical guide,
by Tze-chung Li. 3rd ed. Greenwood Pr., 2000. Approximately
one third of the volume covers social sciences in general. The rest of
the volume is devoted to the social science subdisciplines, including geography, economics,
and sociology. Contains approximately
EnvDesign H61 A12 L5 2000 Reference; Moffitt Ref.
Architecture series: bibliography. Vance Bibliographies,
series contains material on architecture, landscape architecture, the environment
and city planning. Varying quality. Cumulative author, subject, title,
and numerical indexes.
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The Built environment: a subject index 1800-1960,
by Terence Russell. Distributed in the USA: Gower, 1989. 4 v. Vol. 1: Town
planning and urbanism, architecture, gardens and landscape design.
bibliographic survey of the built environment, primarily an index of printed
books, encyclopedias, catalogues, conference proceedings, etc.
EnvDesign HT166 A12 R8 1989 Reference
City planning bibliography: a basic bibliography of sources
and trends, by George C. Bestor and Holway R. Jones. 3rd ed. American
Society of Civil Engineers, 1972.
annotated bibliography of books on theory and practice. Useful for material
EnvDesign HT166 A12B4 1972 Reference; copies circulate
Council of Planning Librarians exchange bibliographies. Council of Planning Librarians. 1958-1978.
of 1,565 bibliographies in the fields of planning, landscape architecture,
urban design, public administration and social sciences. A printed Comprehensive
Index is available (HT166 A12 C62 nos. 1-3 Index) and (NA9005
C65a Reference Desk). Author/title/subject/numerical order approaches
are offered in the cumulative indexes.
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CPL bibliographies. Council of Planning Librarians,
bibliographies, many annotated. Cumulative
indexes published irregularly (numbers 1-207 appears in no. 207, numbers
1-253 in no. 253, numbers 254-327 in no. 328); each bibliography also cataloged
separately in the library catalogs.
EnvDesign HT166 A12C6a Index
History of urban and regional planning: an annotated bibliography,
by Anthony Sutcliffe. Mansell Publishing, 1981.
1,400 annotated entries on planning history and 19th-century antecedents,
individual planners, aspects of urban and regional planning, planning in
individual cities and towns, and planning as a world movement. British
EnvDesign HT166 S913 1981 Noncirculating
Public administration series: bibliography. Vance
3,000 bibliographies in broad field of social science and public administration.
Useful as "door-openers" to topical subjects. Quality varies. Generally
not annotated. Cumulated indexes with author, subject, and title.
EnvDesign HT166 A12P8 Index
The Social sciences: a cross-disciplinary guide to selected
sources, Nancy L. Herron, gen. ed. 2nd ed. Libraries Unlimited,
EnvDesign H61 A12 S648 1996 Reference
Urban America examined: a bibliography, by Dale E.
Casper. Garland Publishing Inc., 1985.
selective introduction to the literature of urban studies in America. Chapter
prefaces succinctly place some 2,000 citations in context. Annotations
and listing of important sources are very useful. Both subject and local
research are covered, and are indexed geographically and topically.
EnvDesign HT123 A12C3751 1985 Reference;
Main HT123 A12C3751 1985
Urban planning, a guide to information sources, by
Ernest R. Alexander, Anthony Catanese, and David S. Sawicki. Gale Research
to comprehensive planning, integrating and coordinating urban activities.
Classic titles, emphasizing books.
EnvDesign HT166 A12A43 Reference; copies circulate
Book review sources for environmental design (UC Berkeley, Library)
A bibliographic guide to sources of book reviews for the built environment, including city planning, urban design, and environmental planning. Instructions for using the sources are provided. http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/ENVI/research_bookreviews.html
Dictionaries & Glossaries
The City, a dictionary of quotable thought on cities and
urban life, by James A. Clapp. Rutgers Univ., Center for Urban Policy
the written and spoken words of over 1,000 writers, speakers, poets, politicians,
architects, historians, etc. Epigrams, epithets, verses, proverbs, scriptural
EnvDesign HT111 C576 1984 Reference
Dictionary of community economic development terms: a
resource book for practitioners and funders. California Community Economic
Development Association, comp. Oakland, CA: The Assoc., 1995.
EnvDesign HN90 C6 D53 1995 Reference Desk
Dictionary of statistics & methodology: a nontechnical
guide for the social sciences, by W. Paul Vogt. 2nd ed. Sage Publications, 1999.
EnvDesign HA17 V64 1999
The Dictionary of urbanism, by Robert Cowan. Tisbury, Wiltshire: Streetwise Press, 2005.
EnvDesign HT108.5 C69 2005 Reference Desk
A Glossary of urban form, Peter J. Larkham and
Andrew N. Jones, eds. Birmingham, England: Urban Morphology Research
Group, School of Geography, Univ. of Birmingham, 1991.
EnvDesign HT371 G58 1991 Reference
International GIS dictionary, by Rachael McDonnell
& Karen Kemp. John Wiley & Sons, 1995.
EnvDesign G70.212 M33 1995 Reference Desk
Housing: a multidisciplinary dictionary, by Kamal
S. Sayegh. Ottawa: ABCD Academy Book, 1987.
more than 28,000 terms with short, explanatory definitions.
EnvDesign HD7287.5 S28 1987 Reference
Language of cities: a glossary of terms dealing with housing,
city planning and associated disciplines, by Charles Abrams. Viking
of the most relevant urban terms for the expert and layperson.
EnvDesign HT108.5 A24 Reference; copies circulate
The Latest illustrated book of development definitions,
by Harvey S. Moskowitz and Carl G. Lindbloom. New expanded ed. New Brunswick, NJ:
Center for Urban Policy Research, 2004.
approximately 1,955 definitions, 787 commentaries, and 102 illustrations, with a special focus
on terms useful in zoning and development ordinances.
EnvDesign HT167 M683 2004 Reference Desk
A Planners dictionary, by Michael Davidson and Fay Dolnick, eds.
Chicago: American Planning Association, Planning Advisory Service, 2004.
(PAS Report, no. 521/522). Book with CD-ROM.
Contains definitions of more than 4,000 terms used in "the preparation of ordinances and...
other documents that control and shape the built environment."
EnvDesign HN90 C6 P45 2004 CD-ROM on Reserve;
book at Reference Desk
URISA working glossary. Urban and Regional Information
Systems Association, [1996?]
EnvDesign Z699.5 C55 U73 1996 Reference
Dictionary - landscape and urban planning:
multilingual dictionary on environmental planning,
design and conservation, Evert Klaus-Jurgen, ed. NY: Springer, 2001.
English, German, French, Spanish.
EnvDesign HD108.3 L49 2001 Reference
International planning glossaries. Gordon Logie, ed.
French, Italian, Dutch, German, Swedish, Finnish. Comprises four volumes,
each devoted to particular sectors of planning.
Glossary of land resources. EnvDesign HD107.7 L63 1984 Reference
Glossary of planning and development. EnvDesign HT391
L641 1986 Reference
Glossary of population and housing. EnvDesign HD7287.5
L63 Reference, HC15 I571 1975 v.1:3, 2:3 Reference
Transport. HC15 I571 1975 v. 3:1-3:3, 3:5 Reference; Bus
& Econ HE141 L63 Reference
Multilingual glossary of human settlements terms.
Nairobi: United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat), 1992. Glossary of English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish human settlements
terms. Includes English definitions.
EnvDesign HT65 M85 1992 Reference
Town planning glossary: 10,000 multilingual terms in one
alphabet for European town planners = Stadtplanungsglossar = glossaire
d'urbanisme =glosario de urbanismo = glossario di urbanistica, by Marco
Venturi. NY: Saur, 1990.
EnvDesign HT166 V46 1990 Reference
Schools Association (Univ. of Hong Kong) Includes a directory of Asian planning schools.
Collegiate Schools of Planning
-----. Guide to graduate education in urban
and regional planning. 1984--; biennial.
U.S. and Canadian schools, some of which include PhD programs along with
the Master's program. Roster of faculty teaching at least 50% time. Information
tables include "school data," "admissions & curriculum," and faculty.
EnvDesign HT167 G84 latest Reference Desk
-----. Guide to undergraduate education in
urban and regional planning. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning,
Lists U.S. and Canadian schools offering
an undergraduate degree in planning, as well as schools offering non-degree
EnvDesign HT167 G8425 latest Reference Desk
to planning schools (Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Tallahassee, FL)
accredited and uncredited schools in the U.S. and Canada, etc. http://www.acsp.org/education_guide/schools
of European Schools of Planning. Directory of planning schools.
Online ed.: http://www.aesop-planning.com/
Select links; print ed.: EnvDesign L900 A87 latest
- Planetizen 2009 guide to graduate urban planning programs in the
United States and Canada. Los Angeles: Urban Insight, Inc., 2009.
EnvDesign HT165.5 P58 2009 Reference Desk
of planning in California (UC Berkeley, Library)
Lists planning schools and academic departments on the Internet.
For a detailed listing of directories of planning organizations
available in the Environmental Design Library, please consult the online guide
City & Environmental Planning Professional Practice.
Institute of Certified Planners. Roster. 1980--; biennial.
and business address usually provided. Includes a directory of other national
EnvDesign NA11 A8 latest Reference Desk
American Planning Association.
Membership directory. 1990--; irregular.
Online ed.: http://www.planning.org/; print ed.: EnvDesign HT101 A37 latest Reference Desk
directory. California Chapter, A.P.A. 1989--; irregular.
Online ed.: http://www.calapa.org/; print ed.: EnvDesign HT167.5 C2 A44 latest Reference Desk
American Society of Consulting Planners. Directory of firms. The
Society, 1977--; annual.
purpose, code of professional conduct, geographic and expertise indices.
EnvDesign HT167 A1A54 M4 latest
Society of City and Regional Planners. List of members = Liste
des membres = Mitgliederliste. 1992--; annual.
professional code of conduct.
EnvDesign HT166 I583 Reference
Urban and Regional Information
Systems Association. URISA membership directory. 1980--;
Consult the Environmental Design Library reference staff
for the online username and password.
Online ed.: http://www.urisa.org/; print ed.: EnvDesign Z699 A1U7 D5 latest Reference
Directories of Governmental Organizations, Research Organizations, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
unlimited - UCB Only
Gale Research Company.
Contains more than 154,000 listings on
national and international associations and professional societies. Also includes IRS information on over 300,000 U.S.
nonprofit organizations. http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/find/types/electronic_resources_locate.html
Directory of planning and urban affairs libraries in the
United States and Canada, 1990, Patricia Coatsworth, ed. 5th ed. Council
of Planning Librarians, 1990.
EnvDesign Z675 C55 C6 1990 Reference
International planning organizations. Richard B. Stephens,
ed. Inland Empire Section, California Chapter, American Planning Association.
national and multinational planning organizations.
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Encyclopedias & Compendia
American cities: a bibliography, by Nicholas O. Kura and Tatiana Shohov.
2 volumes. Huntington, NY: Nova Science Publishers, 2001. Covers 13 major American cities. Eclectic focus.
EnvDesign HT123 A12 K87 2001 Reference
Dictionary of development: Third World economy, environment,
society, Brian W.W. Welsh and Pavel Butorin, ed. 2 vols. Garland Pub.,
Definitions and descriptions
of the major facts, concepts, events, and issues concerning the Third World
development process. Sources are cited.
EnvDesign HC59.7 D513 1990 Reference
- Encyclopedia of community:
from the village to the virtual world,
Karen Christensen & David Levinson, general eds. 4 vols. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2003.
Topics range from activist communities to
Well-organized and visually pleasing, the encyclopedia
contains 500 articles of varying lengths; each article includes a brief bibliography for further reading.
An unusual and useful feature is the 266 primary-text
sidebars which elaborate on the main articles.
EnvDesign HM756 E53 2003 Reference
Encyclopedia of community planning and environmental management,
by Marilyn Spiegel Schultz. Facts on File, 1984.
Concise, clearly written definitions of over
2,000 concepts and terms. Also includes historical material, landmark court cases,
major legislation, and brief biographies of noted planners. Illustrated with photos,
EnvDesign HD108.6 S381 1984 Reference Desk
Encyclopedia of rural America: the land and people.
Gary A. Goreham, ed. ABC-CLIO, 1997. 2 vols. Selected
Readable articles on a wide range of topics. Articles of particular interest
for city planning include, "Community," "Infrastructure," "Settlement Patterns,"
and "Urbanization." Most articles include bibliographic citations
and many are illustrated with black and white photographs or tables.
EnvDesign E169.12 E5 1997 Reference
Encyclopedia of urban studies, Ray Hutchison, ed. 2 vols. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2010.
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Encyclopedia of the city,
Roger W. Caves, ed. NY: Routledge, 2005.
Provides concise signed articles on a wide range of planning topics and
concepts. Most articles include brief bibliographies.
EnvDesign HT108.5 E63 2005 Reference Desk
Encyclopedia of urban America: the cities and suburbs.
Neil Larry Shumsky, ed. 2 vols. ABC-CLIO, 1998.
articles on a wide range of topics of relevance to city planning.
Most articles include bibliographic citations and many are illustrated
with black and white photographs or tables.
EnvDesign HT123 E5 1998 Reference
- World encyclopedia of cities, by George Thomas Kurian.
ABC-CLIO, 1994. Coverage: Vol.l: United States, A-M, Vol.2: United States,
N-Z, & Canada.
EnvDesign HT108.5 K87 1994 Reference
Indexes & Abstracts for journal articles
planning indexes & abstracts (UC Berkeley, Library)
selective list of indexes and abstracts to help readers identify articles
and other publications on city and regional planning topics. For indexes
with an international focus, see International
planning. See also Environmental
planning indexes & abstracts. http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/ENVI/planning_articles.html
Periodical literature on United States cities. A Bibliography
and subject guide, by Barbara Smith Shearer. Greenwood Pr., 1983. Citations
to 4,900+ selected periodical articles published from 1970-81 on 170 U.S.
cities with a population of 100,000 or more.
EnvDesign HT123 S53 1983 Reference
Here are print catalogs of special collections of interest to planners; they list material that may not be listed in online library catalogs.
Catalog of the Avery Memorial Architectural Library of
Columbia University. 2nd ed., enlarged. G.K. Hall, 1968. 1st
Suppl. (1968-6/72); 2nd Suppl. (7/72-5/74); 3rd Suppl. (6/74-4/77, Microfilm
21123); 4th Suppl. (5/77-4/79); 5th Suppl. (5/79-12/81).
EnvDesign fNA8 C63 1968 Reference
Dictionary catalog of the United States Department of
Housing and Urban Development, Library and Information Division. G.K.
Hall,1972. 1st Suppl., 1974; 2nd Suppl., 1975. Coverage: 1934-197?.
catalog of one of the richest and most diverse collections of literature
on urban affairs and community development. Includes books, pamphlets,
slides, and films, as well as local, state, federal and foreign documents.
Provides unique access to over 20,000 Comprehensive Planning Reports (Section
701 of the Housing Act of 1954) in vol. 19 of the base set, and
vol. 2 in Suppl. 1 and 2.
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Harvard University Graduate School of Design Library Catalog.
G.K. Hall, 1968; Suppl. 1970, 1974, 1979. Coverage: 189?-1978.
library catalog of the oldest program in city planning in the U.S. Particularly
complete in areas such as urban design, city and regional planning, state
and national planning, housing, zoning and urban renewal. Covers books,
periodical articles, and pamphlets.
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Housing and urban affairs, 1965-1976. Microfilming
Corp. of America, 1977.
full text of 3,000 selected local planning reports, research papers, etc.,
in the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Affairs Library, 1965-76 (Environ
Dsgn Microfiche 855).
INDEX: Housing and urban affairs, 1965-1976: A
bibliographic guide to the microform collection provides subject, geographic
and author title access to the collection (EnvDesign HD7293 A121
H68 1978 Index).
to current urban documents - UCB Only NY:
edition contains citations to and the full text (PDF format) of
local government publications from approximately 500 selected cities and
counties in the United States and Canada. At the core of the collection
are fiscal and planning documents. The Index is also a good source
of locally generated socioeconomic statistics, public health and social
service planning, and business and physical infrastructure information.
Online ed.: 2000--; available from
Library's home page→ Electronic Resources→ Electronic Resources: Locate by Title; print ed.: 1972--; EnvDesign JS13 A12M85 Index &
Doe Reference Center; Index & full text documents on microfiche in Institute
of Governmental Studies Library
"701" Comprehensive Planning Reports.
rich collection of general plans spans the period from 1954 to 1976 when
the U.S. Federal Planning Assistance Program of the Housing Act of
1954 (P.L.83-560), Section 701 of Title 7, subsidized the preparation
of comprehensive plans and required their distribution to 13 U.S. urban
planning depository libraries, including the Environmental Design Library.
More than 20,000 reports, issued by state and local agencies, were distributed.
Most of these reports are listed in the Library's catalogs. Access is also provided in Dictionary catalog of the United States
Department of Housing and Urban Development, Library and Information Division
in vol. 19 of the base set, and vol. 2 in Suppl. 1 and 2 (EnvDesign fHT166 A12 Reference).
In addition to URLs cited throughout this guide,
the following sites, with varying degrees of comprehensiveness, serve
as good gateways to planning resources on the web.
California planning online
(UC Berkeley, Library)
-"A selected list of approximately 100 web links to California city & regional planning information."
Environmental planning online (UC Berkeley, Libraryhttp://www.lib.berkeley.edu/ENVI/planning_link) - "A selection of websites pertaining to environmental planning, supporting landscape architecture, environmental planning, and city planning programs at the University of California, Berkeley."
- Planetizen: the planning and development
- "A public-interest information exchange for the urban planning and
development community. ...a daily, one-stop source for urban planning news, job
opportunities, commentary and events." All this and more, including many
- Sapling: architecture, planning & landscape information gateway - Web sites are individually reviewed and rated. UK-based.
Here are UC Berkeley campus libraries of interest to city planners.