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General, multidisciplinary periodical database, covering all scholarly disciplines, with many general and popular magazines, and news sources. Includes bibliographic citations with indexing and abstracts for more than 16,000 periodicals.
Indexing (since 1861) and abstracting (since 1980) for doctoral-level dissertations completed at North American universities. Fulltext of all available dissertations from 1997 to present, with some earlier dissertations
For more in-depth searching, Penn Libraries provides access to variety of subject-specific databases.
Bibliographic citations with abstracts describing scholarly literature in all aspects of urban studies. Topics include trends in urbanization, urban history, architecture and urban design, housing and real estate, urban development and redevelopment, urban planning and land use, environment and resource conservation, transporation and communication, crime and law enforcement, urban economics, social services and public services, politics and government, urban fiscal and budgetary policy, and social issues.
Article abstracts on the history of the U.S. and Canada, pre-history to the present. Search by city, or useful terms like "cities & towns," "urban growth," "urban planning," "urban policy," or "urban renewal."
Covers architecture, archaeology, decorative arts, interior decoration, furniture, landscape architecture, city planning, and housing. Reflects the periodical holdings of Columbia University's Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library.
The principal finding aid for planning literature. Provides lengthy abstracts for some items selected for indexing. Worth browsing, as each issue includes one or more literature reviews on topics of current interest.
Legal research database containing fulltext documents (PDF) organized into collections including: Legal Classics, Law Journal Library, U.S. Supreme Court Library, U.S. Federal Legislative History Library, Treaties and Agreements Library, Subject Compilations of State Laws, and the United Nations Law Collection.
For some classes, you will be asked to focus your research on scholarly articles. Scholarly articles (also known as peer-reviewed, refereed, or academic articles) are distinguished by going through the peer review process, in which they are evaluated and given feedback by experts in a field.
Publications can be broken down into three general types: scholarly, popular, & professional (or trade.) For an overview of these publication types, see http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/scholarly_articles . (Click on the table below for larger type.)
Rutgers University Libraries. (2016). Journal types: A comparative chart. Retrieved from http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/scholarly_articles#4
There are several ways to verify that an article comes from a peer-reviewed journal:
Many databases will allow you to limit your search results to scholarly/ peer-reviewed items. (Note that using this limiter will eliminate books and dissertations from your results.)
Look at the homepage of the publication in which your article was published. If it is peer-reviewed, it will contain a statement about that.
Look up the publication in which your article was published in Ulrich's Periodical Directory. For peer-reviewed journals, the Ulrich's entry should list the publication as refereed and the content type as "Academic/Scholarly."