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You can still access the UC Berkeley Library’s services and resources during the closure. Here’s how.

Finding General Plans: Searching for plans

Finding General Plans is a bibliographic research guide to locating general plans, especially for California and the San Francisco Bay Area, in the UC Berkeley libraries.

Finding General Plans

General plans are available in various libraries on the UC Berkeley campus. In addition to searching the catalogs and using journal indexes to locate information about general plans, you may wish to browse the Environmental Design Library stacks under these call numbers: HT168 and NA9127, keeping in mind that some titles may be in use. Plans are organized within these call number areas alphabetically by name of jurisdiction. Information on general plans is increasingly available on the Web.

Note: For general plans in the Institute of Governmental Studies Library (IGSL) collection search OskiCat and limit to Institute of Government Studies. The library has additional finding aids for pre-1983 collections. Contact the IGS library for more information. Also consider an online search via the IGSL's California Local Planning Documents Database.

Search Terms

These subject headings will be useful in finding general plans listed in the OskiCat and Melvyl catalogs.

Remember that you may combine terms, e.g., subject berkeley california city planning AND subject housing policy berkeley.

[place name]--City planning
[place name]--Economic conditions
[place name]--Social conditions
Central business districts--
[place name]--Planning
City planning--[place name]
Community development, Urban--
[place name]
County planning--[place name]

Housing development--[place name]
Housing policy--[place name]
Infrastructure (Economics)--[place name]
Land use--[place name]--Planning

Open spaces--[place name]--Planning
Real estate development--[place name]
Recreation--[place name]--Planning
Regional planning--[place name]
Transportation--[place name]--Planning
Urban renewal--[place name]
Waterfronts--[place name]--Planning

The following subject headings are examples of ways to search for specific areas or neighborhoods within a city:

Aquatic Park (Berkeley, Calif.)
Chinatown (San Francisco, Calif.)
Embarcadero (San Francisco, Calif.)
Hunters' Point Naval Shipyard
Mission Bay (San Francisco, Calif.)
San Antonio District (Oakland, Calif.)
Telegraph Avenue (Oakland, Calif.)
West Berkeley (Berkeley, Calif.)
Yerba Buena Center (San Francisco, Calif.)

Finding Journal & Newspaper Articles

Journal articles can provide supplementary information regarding the political process, community issues, and special interests that surround the creation of a general plan.

For listings of California newspapers online see Access World News.

Other suggested databases and indexes: