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Graduate Student Orientation - MURP - 2023-2024

An introduction to Library Services & Collections to support the entering masters' candidates in Urban & Regional Planning.

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Liaison Librarian

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Julia Gelfand
Office: Science Library 228

Phone: 949-824-4971


Library Buildings & Hours

You are likely to probably depend on the Langson Library (LL) for resources in business/management, social & behavioral sciences, arts, letters & literature, Government Information and to a lesser extent on the Science Library (SL) for most of your needs in the life sciences, physical sciences, information sciences, engineering & technology, clinical and health sciences, however you may on occasion have to use the and perhaps the Grunigen Medical Library (GML) for clinical and other medical resources, but you can request that those materials either be scanned (journal articles) or sent to the Main Campus for your pickup.  There is also the Gateway Study Center for extended hours studying.  Consult Library Hours before visiting.

Please use the Safety Escorts when leaving library & campus properties late at night alone by calling them at 949-824-7233 (SAFE)

Connect from Off Campus

Researching from home? Remote access to the UCI Libraries' licensed online resources is available to current UC Irvine students, faculty & staff. Visit our Connect from Off-Campus page for more information!

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For More Assistance

In addition to contacting the Liaison Librarian for assistance with curricular and research information, social science data, library carpentries and government information, you can communicate with the Library in many ways.  Ask-a-Librarian Service allows you to contact Reference Librarians, engage in eMail, Chat or Text Reference, or to schedule a Research Consultation. You may also want to contact Subject Specialists in GIS, Data Curation, and related topics.


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Background & Introduction

There are many resources at the UCI Libraries devoted to the study of Social Ecology, an interdisciplinary and applied area of the social, behavioral sciences and environmental sciences that studies different aspects of the human condition.  The specific collection to serve the MA Program in Public Policy (MURP) is relatively young as is the academic program here and it is focused upon the general materials, and the specific research interests and coursework that is offered at the present by faculty in the department.   The collection has grown rapidly in parallel with the program expanding its emphases, reflecting more of a global outlook of public policy orientation as more faculty and students join it.  Some of the current special interests reflect strong interdisciplinary interests and include: economics, transportation, sustainability, political science, history, geographical information systems (GIS), public opinion, demography, urban planning and development, housing, consumer behavior, criminal justice, law and society, environmental sciences, water sciences, health psychology & promotions, poverty, international development, found throughout the School of Social Ecology and across related disciplines throughout the campus.



The UCI Library Website is your point of departure as you seek information (  The Urban Planning & Public Policy Research Guide offers direction to many other relevant and appropriate resources.

Additional Subject Guides that may be helpful are:

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Increasingly many of our licensed library resources are available via mobile devices - this link will tell you what is available and on what platform.