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UPPP 292A Urban Planning Professional Report - 2020-21: Hints about Assignments

To support culminating project/thesis

General Hints

  1. study issue contextually
  2. consider who the client is - do research on the client as well as the topic
  3. use specific geography for local basis - may occasionally be too restrictive and you will have to apply the context to local situation
  4. consider how you are going to describe content - with data, spatial analysis, GIS, mapping, images, via interviews, etc.  You may have to obtain permissions for some information so plan accordingly.
  5. cite literature liberally and consistently using a format that supports many kinds information - ie) APA, etc. - the 2020 or 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is at all Reference Desks at BF 76.7 P83 2020, with hints found here
  6. consider using some method of bibliographic management software (BMS) for organizing citations and references, creating other options for organizing images and being able to easily generate footnotes, and bibliographies according to specific bibliographic formats and styles
  7. activate & regenerate your UCI photo ID which now serves as a copy card so that you can print and copy at any of the Libraries or IT centers on campus - prices may vary for different functions from site to site
  8. think about ways to present your information



Specific hints to support individual topics

Highly encourage everyone to use the Urban Planning & Public Policy (UP3) Research Guide where many resources are annotated and for which there are links.  These hints will get you started with databases and a proposed research strategy.  Please contact a librarian for additional assistance.   However what will refine your searches to a higher level of relevancy is the specific location or geography you are focusing on, and the populations you want to serve - the elderly, etc; and the conditions you are most interested in.  What is the problem you are addressing - a specific issue will beg for specific coverage.

Housing/Community Development

1. Chicanxs Unidxs Orange County - houselessness/homelessness, formerly incarcerated, criminalization of urban space - not a non-profit;  - Mission is justice, mutual aid, legal aid (legal clinic), anti-gang.  Databases include:  Local News - OC Register, LA Times; Criminal Justice Fulltext and other resources on the CLS Research Guide

2. Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust - stewardship/community organization and efficacy  - Resources include Urban Studies Abstracts; Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Database; Public Affairs Abstracts; about diversity and racial inequities in access to green space

3.  THRIVE Santa Ana Comm Unity Land Trust (CLT) - community land trusts as a mechanism for land access and increasing equitable community driven development - Urban Studies Abstracts, Urban Land Institute reports . 

4.  LA Commons - preservation of community space/culture, art, social justice, spatial justice - Criminal Justice Fulltext; EDRA, Web of Science, Google Scholar, Urban Studies Abstracts, Art Index, Art Research Guide;


1.  OCTA - Populations shifts in location affecting travel behaviors due to COVID, environmental focus - TRB publications; ASCE Digital Library; Academic Search Complete; Scopus; Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Database

2.  OCTA - Change in travel behavior: Pre-Post COVID -

3.  OCTA - Hydrogen Fuel Cell Infrastructure - visit APEP, Samueli School of Engineering; Compendex, E&E; APEP Research Guide

4. City of Long Beach - Evaluation of Protected Bicycle Lane on Artesia Boulevard - how protected bicycle lanes impact traffic injuries considering safety, infrastructure, other roadway users.  Google search reveals many results such as from Public Works Dept: - Resources include:  TRID, Transport, ASCE Library, PubMed, Academic Search Complete, Urban Studies Abstracts, Journal of Planning Literature, Google Scholar, Scopus and Web of Science.  Search strategy refined by subtopics increase relevancy.  May have to draw on other cities' experiences and findings to apply to Long Beach scenario.

Environment / Food Policy

1. Health LA Food Policy Council - resilient retail, health impact assessment, healthy neighborhoods - Urban Studies Abstracts; Agricola; Business Source Complete; Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Database; other business sources; GIS

2. USAID - Climate risk management, environmental review, international development and foreign aid - Risk Abstracts; Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Database; GeoRef; Web of Science; PAIS

Outline of Professional Report

Make sure that your final draft contains the following components:

  1. Title page
  2. Table of Contents
  3. List of Tables and Figures
  4. Executive Summary
  5. Introduction
  6. Research Question or Problem Statement, Significance and Objectives
  7. Background or Literature Review
  8. Main body of report including appropriate subsections, data & methods, analysis & findings
  9. Planning Recommendations
  10. Conclusion
  11. References
  12. Appendices (as needed)

Liaison Librarian

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Julia Gelfand
Office: Science Library 228

Phone: 949-824-4971


Citation Styles & Writing Guides

You will want to make sure that your final paper complies with a standard citation style.  Most Social Ecology submissions are made following APA format.  Please practice consistency and consult appropriate resources listed below.  See Citation Management Guide