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Urban Studies and Urban Affairs Resources - Oakland Campus: Home

This guide serves as a resource to the interdisciplinary field of urban affairs and urban studies. It supports both GSPIA's Center for Metropolitan Studies and the Urban Studies program.

About this guide . . .

This guide will guide you to some high-quality resources with content related to urbanism and the problems of cities.

What Do You Need To Do?

Librarians can help you:

Focus a Topic  -  Consult your textbook, your assignment guidelines, or your professor for appropriate topics.  Our "Developing a Research Topic" tutorial may be of interest to you.

Choose a Database and Find Material  -  Use the "Finding Articles" or "PittCat" tab above. 

Find a Book  -  Use the "Finding Books" or "PittCat" tab above.

Find Statistics  -  Use the "Statistics" Or "Web Links" tab above.

Cite Your Sources  -  Use the "Citing Sources" tab above.

Determine if Sources are Scholarly  -  Use the "Scholarly Information" tab above.


About Urban Affairs and Urban Studies Research

The UN estimates that by 2030, more than two-thirds of the total world population will live in urban areas. Most of this increase will take place in the megacities and newly emerging urban regions of what used to be called the developing world.

Urban studies is an expansive multidisciplinary field that addresses people's environment -- how and where they live as well how their government deals with the social, economic, and political issues related to urban affairs and urban studies on a local, regional and national level. It includes urban anthropology, urban economics, urban geography, urban history, urban politics, urban psychology, and urban sociology. 

Undergraduate classes are offered through multiple departments.  Urban Studies majors specialize in one of 4 areas:   

Master students generally take classes offered by the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA)  home to the University's Center for Metropolitan Studies,

Sample Subject Headings and Keywords

Use PittCat when searching for a specific title. Below are some Library of Congress Subject headings that can be used in PittCat or as keywords when searching.

Examples of subject headings:    


Cities and towns              City planning                   Globalization                   Inner cities


Land use, Urban             Metropolitan areas        Regional planning          Small cities


Sociology, Urban             Sustainable development       Sustainable urban development


Urban economics           Urban policy                   Urban renewal                Urbanization

Helpful Urban Studies and Planning Links

The following are in The GRID's Top 20 Most Popular Urban Planning Web Sites:

The following sites are University related and offer many helpful links and resources (like job news) for students:

Urban Studies Liaison Librarian

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Boris Michev
G73 Hillman Library
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Skype Contact: borishmichev

Quick Links

Use these quick links to access lists of related databases, the listing of e-journals, or to access library services from off-campus.