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Resources for PSCI 4092:
Comparative Urban Politics

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  • Finding Books
  • Finding Articles
  • International Policy
  • US Policy
  • Citing Resources
  • Finding Additional Help

+ Getting Started
The library catalog, Chinook, is the best place to get started searching for books. These sections will provide examples on how to find books and tips for searching the catalog.

You will find in Chinook a number of reference sources that will provide assistance in starting your research. They can give you a broad overview of the topic and assistance on finding additional more in-depth sources.

Reference Resources

ABC-CLIO e-Book Collection CU
The ABC-Clio eBook Collection includes the online full text of hundreds of reference books on many subjects, including (but not limited to) U.S. and world history, politics, and government. Browse by subject or title, or search the full text of all titles at once.

Reference Universe CU
Reference Universe is a database that contains the table of contents and indexes of reference books. You can use this database to find titles that we have electronically and in print.

+ Searching for Books, Two Examples
Basic Keyword Search

  1. Go to Chinook and type in the search terms transportation California Los Angeles policy.
  2. You can use the links to the left and narrow down the list of resources. For example, if you only want books, not journals, click on Books only.
  3. This gives us a nice set of results, but that first title looks the most interesting. So click on Moving Los Angeles : Short-term Policy Options for Improving Transportation. This record can lead us to other relevant titles. If you scroll down to "Subject" you will see there are descriptions of what this book is about. To find more relevant books (similar to this one), click on Traffic congestion -- California -- Los Angeles. This will only give us two results, remember if you end up with a small result set broaden your search, in this case if you remove the "Los Angeles" you will get a larger set of results.
  4. Now let's go get those books. These titles are in a variety of places. To get a link to the map of the location, click on the title, click the "Chinook classic" icon to the left, and finally click on the location in this new display. This will take you to a map which showing the material's location.
Advanced Keyword Search

  1. Go to Chinook and click on Advanced Keyword Search.
  2. In the first box, change the drop down to "Subject" and type housing or city planning. In the second box, type Bangkok or Thailand. This search will find all the materials that have one of each of the terms in each box.
  3. This search gives us a nice set of results, so let's click on the title Local Sustainable Urban Development in a Globalized World.
  4. In the record you have a number of options. You can click on a subject heading, such as Sustainable urban development or click on the Show Similar Items box at the top of the record. Below you will get more details on both.
    • Subject Headings: In advanced keyword, not only can you search by subject heading, but you can also browse the subject headings around the one listed in this record. For example, if you click on Sustainable urban development you will see that you can see 13 books on this topic or focus in on 1 on Sustainable urban development -- Asia -- Congresses.
    • Show Similar Items: This button takes the first three subject headings and searches the catalog for other titles with these topics. Generally, this results in a set of books that will be dealing with topics similar to the record you start with.
  5. Finding the books: In this version of the catalog, all the location codes are hyperlinked to maps of where those materials are located in the libraries.
+ Other Search Suggestions for Chinook
There are a number of terms to try when searching Chinook, but here are some suggestions:

  • policy evaluation energy
    This will find books on evaluating energy policy (for all levels).
  • city planning Singapore
    This will help you find books on city planning and Singapore.
  • China energy policy
    Think in broad terms. If you are interested in energy policy and Shanghai, this broader search will get you more results.
  • India education policy
    Don't forget those facets on the side of the screen. On the right-hand side you can use the "Refine by Tag" box to focus your search in further.
+ Finding Books not at CU
There are two major library catalogs to search for materials not available at CU.


Prospector is a library catalog of 26 libraries in Colorado and Wyoming. CU students, staff and faculty can request materials not held by CU (or currently checked out) through Prospector. To do this, click on the "Request this item" or "Request it" link and type in your identikey and password (these are the same username and password you use to login to CUConnect and CULearn). The materials requested through this database generally (if they are available at another library) take 3-5 business days to arrive.

WorldCat CU

WorldCat is a database of library resources from across the world. Requesting materials through this database is an ILL request. To learn more about ILL, check out their web page.
+ Finding Articles at CU
Non-Scholarly Source

CIAO: Colombia International Affairs Online CU
Comprehensive online source for theory and research in international affairs. Publishes a wide range of scholarship that includes working/policy papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs.

Scholarly Articles

This database is an interdisciplinary index of journals, books and publications that cover global public policy and social issues including health, finance, economics, education, technology, and the environment for the U.S. and abroad.
1. This database is an index, which means that you will need to use "Find it at CU" to find a majority of the materials indexed.
2. When you find an article that covers the topics you are interested in use the "Descriptors" to focus in on other articles in this database on those topics.

This database provides full-text access to articles from scholarly journals in history, economics, political science, demography, mathematics and other fields in the humanities and social sciences.
1. This database does NOT have current access to a majority of the journals in JSTOR. This means if your topic is a current event, this database will not work out as well.
2. The default is to search the full text of the articles. If you are getting to many results go to advanced search and search only the abstract and/or title.

Web of Science CU
An interdisciplinary index that provides bibliographic citations for high-impact journals in the disciplines of science, social sciences, and arts and humanities.
1. This is an abstract database, which means it has NO full text. To find full text of the article, click "Find it at CU."
2. The citation field in this database can help you determine the impact of a particular article. If an article has been out for 10 years and no one has cited it then it has little impact.
3. Don't forget to use those facets on the side to refine by subject, article type and/or year.

Looking for more? Check out Find Articles and More

This is the main site to use to find all the databases available at CU. There are a few categories that you may be most interested in:

Want to access these databases from off-campus? Check out the off-campus guide for help.

+ Getting Articles from PASCAL
Many of our journals have been sent off site to a location called PASCAL. If you want a copy of an article from one of these journals there are two options.

Option 1: Get a Copy Electronically
  1. Get your citation. You may have a citation to the article in a bibliography or maybe you found it using a database, either way will work.
  2. Go to Chinook and type in the Journal title (if you are looking at a bibliographic citation this is generally the title in italics).
  3. In this record you will see a "Request a PDF (UCB only)" note in the box with all the years covered information. Click on that link.
  4. It will ask if you have checked to see if we have a copy electronically, if you have then click the yes button. If not, choose no and follow those steps. (The following steps will be for the folks who choose yes.)
  5. You will need to login to ILLiad, the very first time you do this it will ask a series of question, you only need to fill that form out once.
  6. Once in ILLiad, choose "Electronically Delivered Articles" under New Requests.
  7. Type in all the citation information you can here. The more you include the better, but don't worry if you can't fill in all the fields. Only the ones with the asterisks are required.
  8. Click "Submit Request" at the bottom.
  9. You can now logout of ILLiad, you will get an email when your article has been scanned.
  10. There will be a link in your email to ILLiad, after you login click on "Electronically Received Articles" under "View."
  11. The process of scanning in the article should only take 1 business day.
Option 2: Get the Journal at the Library

  1. Get your citation. You may have a citation to the article in a bibliography or maybe you found it using a database, either way will work.
  2. Go to Chinook and type in the Journal title (if you are looking at a bibliographic citation this is generally the title in italics).
  3. Choose the record with title that does not have [electronic resource] next to it.
  4. At the top of the page click on the "REQUEST IT!" button.
  5. Login using your identikey and password and choose a pickup location.
  6. Choose the volume you want. (At this time you can only choose one volume at a time, if you need to recall a large set of volumes, please contact Circulation for assistance.)
  7. Hit the "Request Selected Item" button.
  8. You will get an email when your volume arrives, which should be within 1 business day.
Policy is set on a variety of levels, depending on your abilities you may be able to read information from a particular country. If so, then you can see what information a government has put on the web using the Country Guides. But if you do not speak the language of the government, you might want to check out this international organizations that work on local and state level issues. Don't forget CIAO CU from the Finding Articles tab for non-governmental international organizations policy papers.

UN-HABITAT is the United Nations (UN) agency for human settlements, their mission is to "promote sustainable urban development and adequate shelter for all." Here are some of the ways to browse their materials:
+ World Bank

The World Bank is a source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. They we provide low-interest loans, interest-free credits and grants to developing countries for a wide array of purposes that include investments in education, health, public administration, infrastructure, financial and private sector development, agriculture and environmental and natural resource management.

What follows is some of their sources that may be useful in your research:
  • Browse for Projects by Country
    These are the projects that the World Bank is currently or has funded in the past. This is a great place to go to find out what work is being done. For some of the completed projects you can also find evaluations of the effectiveness of the project. If you prefer you can also search across all the project documents.
  • World Bank Data
    If you need statistics on the state level, this is one of the best sources of data around.
  • World Bank eLibrary CU
    This is the only subscription service listed here, but this database contains the working papers and books from the World Bank in full-text. A quick search for mumbai and transpor* found 98 publications.
+ Other International Organizations
Here are a few more sources that you might find useful:
  • Cities Alliance
    This is a group focused on the reduction of slums in cities across the world. Their work comes focuses on poverty reduction, city development/upgrading, and environmental issues.
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
    The IMF does not have the volume of information available that you will find from the World Bank, but their publications, such as working papers and country policy documents can be extremely useful.
  • International Organizations
    If you are looking at a particular topic, such as education or health, there may be an international organization focused on that issue (UNESCO for education and World Health Organization for health). This page lists some of the major international organizations and also provides a custom google box to search across all the international organizations.

If you are interested in what the local government is saying, you can often find this information on their web site, the site USA.gov has developed a web site linking to each state's local governments.

There are also a few number of groups that work at the local level, that can also be a useful source of policy information, these are the two I would recommend starting with:

Brookings Institution

The Brookings Institution researches a variety of topics on both the US and world issues. For this class, the area of most interest will be the Metropolitan Policy Program. This program was started in 1996 and "provides decision makers with timely trend analysis, cutting-edge research and policy ideas for improving the health and prosperity of cities and metropolitan areas." From the main page you can browse publications, projects, events, and the State of Metropolitan America (this publication examines demographic and social trends of cities and discusses what they imply for public policies.)

Urban Institute

The Urban Institute was formed in the mid-1960s based on the recommendation of a blue ribbon commission formed by President Johnson. They now operate as a non-partisan economic and social research center to analyze policies, evaluate programs, and inform community development to improve social, civic, and economic well-being. Their are two ways to navigate the publications, by topic or search.

How to Cite a Source
This is a collection of guides to various styles (APA, MLA, Turabian, etc.) and resources for using citation tools, such as RefWorks.

RefWorks CU
RefWorks is a citation manager that will make all your citing so much easier. Most of the databases mentioned on these pages have links to export citations into RefWorks. You can use this tool to gather all your citations and then create a bibliography when you have finished your paper. You can even directly export citations into RefWorks from Chinook!
These are just a few other guides you might find helpful:

Connecting to Databases from Off-Campus
This is a web page describing the steps you will need to take to get your home computer to let you into the databases from off-campus.

Research and Subject Guides Database
This is a collection of all the guides (over 500) created on a variety of topics from declassified documents to history to the guide you are looking at right now.

Foreign Information by Country
There is a guide here to resources on every country on the world. The resources range from quick profiles, to article databases, and much more.

Still need help?
There are a number of ways to receive additional assistance:
1. Stop by the Research Desk on the second floor, check the web site for hours.
2. During those same hours, ask us on chat.

3. Or send an email to set up an individual appointment to govpubs@colorado.edu.