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Architecture 483: Find Articles

Urban Theory and Issues

Do I Need Articles?

Articles are a great way to look at a specific aspect of an issue or topic. Articles tend to be shorter but more academically written, and can come from a variety of scholarly or popular publications. The library subscribes to many different journals that contain high-quality research that just isn't available on the open web. For example, a search conducted in a library database like Urban Studies Abstracts can retrieve 10x more full-text, peer-reviewed articles than a search in Google Scholar (see below), because so much scholarly information is licensed by for-profit companies.

Recommended peer reviewed planning journals owned by the UI Library

  • Development and Change
  • International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
  • Journal of Planning Education and Research
  • Journal of Planning Literature
  • Journal of Regional Science
  • Journal of Rural Studies
  • Journal of the American Planning Association (we only own up to 18 months ago, not current)
  • Long Range Planning
  • Planning Theory
  • Policy Sciences
  • Progress in Planning
  • Research Policy
  • Sustainability Science 
  • Sustainable Development.
  • World Development

Finding Full Text Articles

While some databases include the full text of articles, others only provide citations. Citations may include the Find It link to help you find full text through other sources.

When an article in a database does not include full text, click on the "Find It" link: 

Find It icon

You may be redirected to the article, to the library catalog, or to interlibrary loan.

Below is an example of an article that is available online. Clicking on one of the links after "Full text available at" will take you to the article.

Image from the library catalog of the green "fulltext available" link

Image of the "Full text available at" link

If you have any problems, ask a librarian for help.

Urban Planning Databases @ UI

Using Google Scholar

Although our library databases are much more robust than Google Scholar, you can add some functionality to Google Scholar to make it better interface with our library resources.

Go to Google Scholar, open Preferences and scroll to Settings, then choose "Library Links". Type "University of Idaho" in the search box, and select all the options you see for our school. Save changes. This allows Google Scholar to cross-check some (but not nearly all!) of our subscriptions and give you full-text access with your UI login.

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