This introductory course to Urban and Regional Planning will identify the historical sequences and institutions that have been the foundation of the field and cover governance at all levels including international, federal, state and local that inform development and urban studies. It will expose students to the various stakeholders and allow for how policy analysis and assessment of public policy is shaped by political and media influences. Course assignments will introduce students to the core literature and resources that cover the issues and needs to successfully complete the course.
Think of your topic carefully. Make sure that it resonates within your syllabus, but has a different spin and that the proposal is a guideline you follow for the paper. You will need to have 3 different sources that reflect:
The following structure may be helpful.
Library Search is where you can identify books and eBooks. Enter your search term in the big box (Search Anything) and restrict it to Library Catalog. On the left sidebar restrict to books (online or in print - you can borrow for 5 weeks) and then determine if you want the most current or relevant based on your search strategy.
There are separate databases that highlight major newspaper coverage. Be careful about the time periods covered and what newspapers are included. Students can subscribe free with a UCI NetID to the New York Times (NYT) and the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and can read on all devices that are registered. Enjoy access to NYT by following these directions and for the WSJ, these directions.
Other databases that can be searched by topic and will retrieve major newspaper coverage are:
Finding information produced by the US Government is complex. There are different finding tools and databases. Using the US Government Information Research Guide will get you started. For California government information, many analogous agencies and departments produce information. For International coverage, additional sources to Global Information in Context, PAIS International and Academic Search Complete include OECD iLibrary and CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online.
There are many resources that cover the different threads and topics that will be covered each week. Your syllabus has many Web Resources and you will want to explore the bibliographic sources that follow that will allow you to search specific concepts and retrieve journal articles, news & media coverage for your policy paper.
Your paper should be composed and submitted using the APA Style Guide. The following resources are helpful in that process and give you some sample references.
Three short videos on how to efficiently & effectively search Google Scholar: