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Finding Books

If you are looking for books that are owned by Carnegie Mellon University, use our library catalog, CAMEO.  It is the library catalog and is the best way to find books, microfilm, videos, and other materials owned by the library.  It is not where you will find journal articles.

Here are some basic tips for searching library catalogs:

-- Whenever possible, use Advanced Search because it allows you to control how your topic is searched.  The default CAMEO search is a keyword search; to build a more specific search, use the advanced search option.  If you want tips for how to build searches, see the CAMEO Help with Search Operators page.  These tips work in other library catalogs as well.

-- Select "Match All", "Match Any", or "Match No") Terms to combine the search terms and try various search fields.

Here are some examples:

  • urban planning (as Subject)
  • revitalization (as All Fields) AND city planning (as Subject)
  • city planning (as Subject) AND identity (as All Fields)

-- View the full-record and note of the subject headings used in a catalog, usually listed as "Subjects".

This is an example of a record:

NOTE:  Some times a record would have only one subject heading, but if you click on the subject heading, you will be able to browse other books that will lead to more subject headings.

Important: Once you find a book you think you would like, note the location and the call number.  You will need both of these pieces of information to locate the book.

Still can't find what you need?

If you are looking for a book that we do not own, try the following:

  1. Check the University of Pittsburgh's Catalog PITTCat+: you are able to borrow books by getting a borrowing card (you'll need a valid CMU ID card). 
  2. Check E-Z Borrowgives you access to books from libraries in Pennsylvania.  You'll need your Andrew ID number, which is the second set of numbers on the bottom of your CMU ID card.
  3. Check Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (public library).  You can get a library card for free.  You'll need a proof of your current address.

You can also check other local library catlogs (see list).

Finding Articles

Selecting the appropriate databases is difficult, since many are multi-disciplinary. The best approach is to think of relevant subject guides to your topic and check there for database suggestions.  See the Relevant Guides box on the right.

One possible approach is to search specialized journals.  You can do this online by going to e-Journals A-Z and looking for a journal by title, then searching within the journal.  If you don't have a specific title in mind, you can enter a word like "urban", "city", or relevant terms to generate a list of titles with these words.

To search inside the journal, click on the link below.  Follow the link to the vendor that provides our access.  The journal will open.  You can then search just that journal.  In some cases, you may need to select the option to "search this [or within] publication." Here are some suggested titles:

-- Journal of urban design - CMU has online access to issues from 1997-2000.
-- International journal of urban sustainable development - CMU has online access to issues from 2010-present.
-- Urban affairs review - CMU has online access to issues from 1997-1998 and from 1999-present.

In general, the following databases are good starting places for relevant information on gender, media and representation:

a.  Academic OneFile - Full text articles covering the sciences, technology, medicine, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.

b. JSTOR - Articles in important academic journals; all disciplines; latest few years not available.

Other specialized databases:

a.  PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) - Identifies articles, books, websites, statistics, yearbooks, directories, conference proceedings, pamphlets, reports, government documents, and microfiches on political, social, public policy issues from 1915 to date.

b.  PolicyFile - a good place to look for information on policy related to urbanization and city planning.

If you need primary sources, the following databases are worth investigating:

a. ICUD - Index to Current Urban Documents reports and research generated by local governments, civic organizations, and academic institutions; core of collection deals with budget, architecture and planning.

b.  Social and Cultural History:  this database offers more than 650,000 pages of letters, diaries, autobiographies, oral histories, and other personal narratives--many never before published in print or electronic format dating as  early as 1675 to present.

(note:  If you cannot locate the journals in our libraries or databases (e-journals), you can always get them via Interlibrary Loan; also if you are off-campus or using a wireless connection, you need  to make sure you are authenticated via AnyConnect (see Off-Campus/Wireless Access).

Relevant Guides

Selecting the appropriate databases is difficult, since many are multi-disciplinary. The best approach is to think of relevant subject guides to your topic and check there for database suggestions.  Here are relevant guides for this course:

Architecture - Course Guides provide good starting places.

University of Pittsburgh's Urban Studies guide - There are several guides that provide good clues to searching for information.  As a CMU student, you are able to borrow books and use their databases.  You'll need a valid ID to get temporary access to their resources.

Suggested Readings

Important:  For electronic items, be sure that you are connected via VPN if you are Off-campus or using wireless.

Suggested Weekly Articles (various EBSCO databases)

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