City Planning Indexes & Abstracts
Here is a selective list of indexes and abstracts of articles and other publications on city and regional planning topics. For indexes with an international focus please see International
Planning. For newspaper indexes and databases please see
See also Environmental Planning Indexes & Abstracts. Given the interdisciplinary nature of city and regional planning, there are additional
indexes to segments of this field available via the Doe Reference
Center (2nd Floor, Doe Library), the Business Library, etc.
Please note that all the electronic indexes listed in this guide are also
listed in The Library's directory of
article databases. For additional information consult the
Environmental Design Library
reference staff, 210 Wurster Hall.
UC Berkeley faculty, registered students, and staff who are off campus may use items marked
UCB Only by using The Library's
off-campus access services.
Compiled by Deborah Sommer. Content reviewed: June 2010
Academic search complete via EBSCO - UCB Only Indexes articles in more than 1,500 general interest journals and scholarly
journals in the humanities, social sciences, and general sciences. Abstracts
and full text available for many titles indexed.
- Coverage: 1865--
Avery index to architectural periodicals
via CSA - UCB Only | Video Tutorial Contains citations to articles in 1,000+ periodicals in architecture, planning,
urban design, and related disciplines.
Online ed.: 1890--
- Print ed.: 1890-1995; EnvDesign fNA8 C64 1973 Index
Business source complete via
EBSCO - UCB Only
Includes full text for more than 7,400 scholarly business journals and
other sources, as well as
country economic reports from the EIU, CountryWatch, etc. Great source for information on community economic
development, housing development, redevelopment, and related issues.
- Coverage: 1965--
Geography via Ovid
- UCB Only Excellent index. Covers the international
literature in physical & human geography, regional community planning, etc.,
providing access to information from over 2,000 journals, monographs, books,
conference proceedings reports, and theses.
Online ed.: 1990--
- Print ed., in part: Geographical abstracts. Human
geography (EnvDesign HT390 G41 1986-1988 Index;
- EART G57 G464 1989-- ) and International Development Abstracts
(Main Stack HD82 I38 1982-1997)
- Indexes to the ... journal literature - UCB Only In: International
Regional Science Review. Each volume contains subject and author indexes
to approximately 66 English-language planning and regional science journals.
- Online ed.: 1975-- See the last issue of each volume.
- Print ed.: EnvDesign HT390 I56 Periodical stacks
- IngentaConnect - UCB Only Provides
full-text access to domestic and international scholarly & academic
publications. Excellent starting place, as many city planning journals are included.
of planning literature via CSA - UCB Only Columbus, OH: Sage Publications, Inc. Indexes 400+ journals and provides
comprehensive coverage of the city and regional planning literature.
Online ed.: 1985--
- Print ed.: 1985/86-- ; EnvDesign NA9000 J687 Index
academic - UCB Only
Includes indexing to over 6,000 journals, newspapers, broadcast transcripts, & wire services.
Full text. Offers wide geographic coverage and
translations from foreign-language sources. Good for
public policy and business issues.
- Coverage varies
Planning literature information service (PLIS). In:
+ research. Very broad indexing
of approximately 20 major English-language planning journals. Last section in each issue.
- Online ed.: 1995--
- Print ed.: Mar. 1987-- ;
EnvDesign HT165.53 G7 P52
Sociological abstracts via CSA -
UCB Only Indexes journal articles, book chapters, & reviews from over 1,900
journals, books, book chapters, and reviews in the social sciences.
source for public policy topics.
Online ed.: 1963--
- Print ed.: 1952-- ; Main HM15.5 S6
Urban affairs abstracts U.S. and English language
emphasis. Covers periodicals, newsletters and journals focusing on municipal
government and its administration. Broad range of topics, practical applications.
- EnvDesign HT101 U66 Index
Urban studies & planning - UCB Only Provides indexing to and full text of 12 journals
published by SAGE Publications and participating societies, some journals going back 37 years.
- Coverage varies
- Web of
science - UCB Only Includes the Science
Citation Index, which indexes 5,300 major journals across 164 science
disciplines (coverage: 1945-- ) and the Social Sciences Citation
Index, which indexes 1,700 journals across 50 social science
disciplines, as well as individually selected items from over 3,300 leading
scientific and technical journals. Also offers cited reference
- Coverage: 1970--
press index and archive via FirstSearch/OCLC - UCB Only
Citations are drawn from roughly 380 alternative, radical, and left publications.
Useful for identifying community-based and alternative public policy perspectives
on housing, land use, the environment, etc., outside of the mainstream.
Most journals aren't indexed elsewhere.
Online ed.: Archive (1969-1990), Index (1991-- )
- Print ed.: 1969-- ; Doe Stack HM101 A12
- AltPress watch via ProQuest - UCB Only A full-text resource that covers
newspapers, magazines, and journals of the alternative and independent press. Good for environmental
justice and environmental policy issues. East Bay Express is included starting 6/01.
- Coverage: 1995--
and life via EBSCO - UCB Only
Contains article abstracts and bibliographical citations of reviews and
dissertations on the history and culture of the U.S. and Canada from prehistoric
times to the present. Excellent index for American cultural history and
Online ed.: 1982--
- Print ed.: 1954-- ; Main Stack E3 A43
Art index retrospective
& Art full text via WilsonWeb -
Indexes journal articles in art and related fields, including
architecture, art history, city planning, urban design, and landscape architecture.
Online ed.: Art Index Retrospective: 1929-1984; Art Full Text: 1984--
- Print ed.: 1929-1994; EnvDesign N18 A72 Index
via CSA - UCB Only Indexes economics articles in scholarly
journals and in collective works (books consisting of collections of essays
or individual papers), dissertations, and books. Includes extensive abstracts.
eScholarship: University of California - Open source publishing platform for UC and other scholars that includes the Water Resources Center, the journal Places, many IURD publications and more.
General and business news and information from more than 9,000 sources, including newswires.
- Geo abstracts. F: regional and community planning.
Coverage: 1972-1985; EnvDesign HT390 G41 Reference
via EBSCO - UCB Only Indexes over 5,000 journals, books, reports, conference proceedings,
theses, and electronic only publications. Topics include environmental and public health,
JSTOR - UCB Only A full-text archive of
interdisciplinary scholarly journal literature, including sociology; African, African-American,
Asian, Latin American, Middle East, and Slavic studies; and political science. Coverage
begins with the first issue of each journal; the last few years of publication are frequently unavailable.
PAIS international via CSA - UCB Only Topics covered include demographics, education, environment,
finance, government, law, legislation, political science, social sciences,
and statistics. Good source for public policy topics.
Online ed.: 1972--
- Print ed.: 1954-1995; Main & Busi/Econ H106 P7
PapersFirst via FirstSearch/OCLC - UCB Only
Contains 580,000+ citations for papers presented at worldwide
conferences, symposia, meetings, expositions, congresses, and workshops
received at The British Library. Excellent source for interdisciplinary
work; the index covers disciplines in the social sciences, sciences, arts,
and the humanities.
Coverage: October 1993--
Periodicals archive online -
An online periodical archive that provides full-text access to some 450 digitized
journals in the humanities and social sciences. A sister database,
Periodicals Index Online, provides additional indexing for articles in over 4,500 periodicals.
International scope, including journals in a variety of Western languages.
- Coverage: 1770-1995, varies depending on journal title.
Periodicals index online -
Indexes over 4,500 periodicals in the humanities
and social sciences, from their first issues; includes some full-text
access. International scope, including journals in a variety of Western languages.
A sister database, Periodicals archive online,
provides a full-text archive of some 350 journals.
- Coverage: 1665-1995, varies depending on journal title
PolicyFile - UCB Only Indexes
research and publication abstracts addressing the complete range of public
policy research. Access to home pages, electronic mail addresses and selected
full text are made available within the individual abstracts.
PubMed - UCB Only | Users' Guide Full-text access to citations from MEDLINE, PreMEDLINE, and other journals in the field of medicine and
life sciences. Topics include environmental and public health,
- TRID: the TRIS and ITRD database. A newly integrated database that combines the records from the Transportation Research Board's Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) Database and the OECD's Joint Transport Research Centre’s International Transport Research Documentation (ITRD) Database. TRID provides access to over 900,000 records of transportation research worldwide. A comprehensive bibliographic database of transportation research information. Includes some full-text publications. Covers literature from the 1960s to the present, with some coverage of prior years. Highway Research Board publications are covered back to 1923.
Worldwide political science abstracts - UCB Only Some full text.
Indexes books, journals, and dissertations within the field of political science
and related to political economy, public administration, public policy, etc.
- Coverage: 1975--