City and Regional Planning: Basic Research Resources: General Research
A selective bibliographic guide to basic city and regional planning reference sources in the Environmental Design Library at UC Berkeley. Although the guide reflects the American emphasis of the collection, international planning is included.
The Citizen's guide to planning, by Christopher J. Duerksen, C. Gregory Dale, and Donald L. Elliott. 4th ed. Chicago: American Planning Association, 2009. Good straight forward introduction to city planning.
Doing urban research, by Gregory D. Andranovich, Gerry Riposa. Sage Publications, 1993. Focuses on some of the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to conduct research about cities. Includes research design and data collection.
Social science reference sources: a practical guide, by Tze-chung Li. 3rd ed. Greenwood Pr., 2000. Approximately one third of the volume covers social sciences in general. The rest of the volume is devoted to the social science subdisciplines, including geography, economics, and sociology. Contains approximately 1,600 entries.
Vance Bibliographies, 1978-1990. This prolific series contains material on architecture, landscape architecture, the environment and city planning. Varying quality. Cumulative author, subject, title, and numerical indexes
Terence Russell. Distributed in the USA: Gower, 1989. 4 v. Vol. 1: Town planning and urbanism, architecture, gardens and landscape design. A bibliographic survey of the built environment, primarily an index of printed books, encyclopedias, catalogues, conference proceedings, etc.
Council of Planning Librarians, 1979-1996. Mostly scholarly bibliographies, many annotated. Cumulative indexes published irregularly (numbers 1-207 appears in no. 207, numbers 1-253 in no. 253, numbers 254-327 in no. 328); each bibliography also cataloged separately in the library catalogs.
Anthony Sutcliffe. Mansell Publishing, 1981. More than 1,400 annotated entries on planning history and 19th-century antecedents, individual planners, aspects of urban and regional planning, planning in individual cities and towns, and planning as a world movement. British emphasis.
Vance Bibliographies, 1978-1991. More than 3,000 bibliographies in broad field of social science and public administration. Useful as "door-openers" to topical subjects. Quality varies. Generally not annotated. Cumulated indexes with author, subject, and title.
Dale E. Casper. Garland Publishing Inc., 1985.
A selective introduction to the literature of urban studies in America. Chapter prefaces succinctly place some 2,000 citations in context. Annotations and listing of important sources are very useful. Both subject and local research are covered, and are indexed geographically and topically
Ernest R. Alexander, Anthony Catanese, and David S. Sawicki. Gale Research Company, 1979. Restricted to comprehensive planning, integrating and coordinating urban activities. Classic titles, emphasizing books