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Writing 39C: Argument & Research: Housing

Recommended resources for students working on their Writing 39C research and writing assignments.

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These databases can find all types of articles and multi-modal resources. However, they are best at finding academic research articles. Do you need a scholarly or peer reviewed article? It's a good idea to begin here.

Find books in the library:

Online reference (background) resources on housing and homelessness:

Select bibliography of contemporary works on housing:

Newspaper Resources

  • Google News
    This is the Google News aggregation index. While historical coverage is limited, it can be a useful point of entry for contemporary issues research.
  • Los Angeles Times*
    Access to the full text of the Los Angeles Times from 1986 to the present The LA Times is not covered in the United States Newspapers database. If you need articles from before 1986, us the Historical LA Times, 1881-1986.
  • New York Times*
    Comprehensive digital coverage back to 1980 is available. If you need articles from before 1980, use the Historical New York Times, 1851-2009.
  • US Newspapers*
    Full-text content of more than 650 US newspapers. Local and regional news, including community events, schools, politics and government, local companies, and people.

Activate Subscriptions to Current Newspapers

Click each link to learn how to activate your complimentary subscription to these newspapers, courtesy of UCI Libraries. You only have to activate once to get started, and renew each year while you are at UCI. VPN required to activate. 

These are examples of multimodal information sources. There are many other types of multimodal information and writing. Please consult with your writing instructor about how to incorporate multimodals into your writing assignment.

Data and Statistics - General

Data Visualizations on Housing

Images and Media

Selected Films

  • Street of Dreams
    Inspiring portraits of grassroots activists in communities of color who are using a community land trust to preserve affordable housing and promote development without the displacement of longtime residents. 
  • Homes and Hands: Community Land Trusts in Action
    Three tenacious and visionary communities deliver the American dream of owning a home to low-income residents.
  • Brooklyn Matters
    Brooklyn Matters reveals how a few powerful men tried to tilt the Brooklyn landscape in favor of big real estate at the expense of urban livability.

The following is a selective list of policy institutes (think tanks) and organizations that focus on housing-related topics.

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