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Urban and Inner City Studies

Using Books for Research

The UW Library collection includes monographs (book on a single topic by one or many authors) as well as edited collections and anthologies (books in which each chapter is by different authors writing on a common theme) and grey literature. All can be useful for completing research assignments. (For more information on these types of library materials, see our YouTube video, Library Research Using Books). 


Suggested Subject Headings

These formal, official Subject Headings can be used in the UW Library catalogue to search for books and (to a lesser extent) articles. Remember to first type su: (for "Subject") into the search bar, and then the following terms:  (Note: All headings subdivide geographically, e.g., "City planning -- Canada").

  • City planning 
  • Housing
  • Indigenous peoples - urban residence
  • Inner cities 
  • Land Use
  • Metropolitan Areas
  • Native peoples - social conditions
  • Native peoples - urban residence
  • Poverty
  • Public housing
  • Regional planning
  • Sociology - urban
  • Urban ecology
  • Urban geography
  • Urban policy
  • Urban poor
  • Urban renewal

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