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Real Estate Development: Planning Resources Overview

Last Updated: Jun 24, 2022 9:32 AM

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.
  • Journals- is a database of electronic journals that are indexed in databases or found online. (Cannot search for articles, citation is needed)
  • Reserveor Course Reserve: a collection of books or articles (pdfs) set aside at the Circulation Desk by your professor.
  • Top Planning Databases - Planning research databases
  • Research Tips – an online guide designed to help you perform research at the University at Buffalo’s University Libraries, includes citation help. Center for Excellence in Writing - 209 Baldy Hall
  • My Account & Delivery+ –  use for book renewal and interlibrary loan. Journal articles and book chapters are delivered electronically to your email and physical items are made available for pick-up at the UB library of your choice. (free of charge)

Borrowing/Loan Periods: Your UB Card serves as your library card. Current UB students, faculty and staff may use their cards to check out books and other materials at any campus library.

UB Print Anywhere: UB students receive a semesterly quota of free pages to print assignments at any of 40 print station kiosks. Learn how to easily print your assignments from any computer, a computing site, your smartphone, a USB drive and more.

Useful Books:

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.

Oxford Handbooks Online - a collection of Oxford Handbooks in four subject modules - Business and Management; Philosophy; Political Science; and Religion. Each handbook takes an aspect of its discipline and unpacks it, explaining the key issues, the classic and contemporary debates on those issues, and setting the agenda for how those debates might evolve.

Best Basic Resources Guide (created by UB Libraries)

Statistical Information & Maps:

Explore Census Data- Explore Census Data 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.


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