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Planning: Planning Resources Overview

Key Library Links:

Libraries' Catalog – to locate any item that is available in our libraries, including books, journals, newspapers, and audio/visual materials.

Everything – the tab is a great place to start searching through the library’s resources in one simple multidisciplinary search interface. The results will display books, articles, government documents, etc.

Research Tips – an online guide designed to help you perform research at the University at Buffalo’s University Libraries, includes citation help.

EndNote – citation management software, a tool for organizing citations from articles, books, web sites and other information resources. South Campus classes on EndNote (registration required).

  • Annotated Bibliography - An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.

Best Starting Points:

Background info:;

Gale Virtual Reference Library - includes subject encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference works in broad subject areas, including issues related to planning.

Key Planning Databases:

Academic Search Complete - Multidisciplinary coverage of a broad range of scholarly areas, including the arts, humanities, social, and general sciences; literature, language, and linguistics; education and ethnic studies; computer sciences, engineering, physics, biology, chemistry, medical sciences, and more. Provides full text for approximately 4,650 serials, including more than 3,600 peer-reviewed publications. Full-page images and color embedded images included.

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals - comprehensive index to national and international architectural journals, both professional and popular. Covers architecture, urban planning and design, historic preservation, art, and related topics. Lists reviews for books, exhibitions, audiovisuals, websites, and citations for obituaries. Comprehensive coverage 1930 to the present; selective coverage from 1860 – 1830. Updated weekly.

CQ Electronic Library -Covers public policy issues & U.S. Congress news & analysis.

Useful Reference Books:

Statistical Information & Maps:

American FactFinder - American Factfinder is the primary source for finding US Census data, including population, housing, economic, and geographic data. Data provided includes selected statistics from the 1990 Census of Population and Housing, such as population, education, ethnicity, and much more. Users can enter a zip code for a particular location and obtain a customized chart for the zipcode area. A text factsheet for the zipcode area can also be printed out. An outstanding place to begin a demographic profile.

Social Explorer -Reproduces statistical reports and maps based upon U.S. decennial censuses, the American Community Survey (ACS), and data collected by the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA).
-Search by maps or tables or create customized thematic anc interactive maps using historical and census data. Data reports can be exported saved and printed.
-Census Data Available includes: 1790-1930: Covers county, state and national data. 1940-2000: Coverage varies depending upon the year. Geographies include tracts, places, counties, zip codes, Congressional districts, states, and the nation.


Rose Orcutt
Architecture & Planning Library
303 Abbott Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214