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S/A 244: Cities, Citizenship, and Social Justice: Start


This guide contains resources to help you find sources for your cities project. Use the boxes below to explore various subject-appropriate places to search.

Don't hesitate to ask if you've got questions! Send me an email - I enjoy helping you solve any research problems you have. You can also email me if you want to brainstorm about your projects. We can work via email or set up a virtual or in person time to chat. You can also find library and research help at the library's Information Desk or Reference Desk. 

If you need a refresher on using the library, consult our Library FAQs and an overview of the Library

Finding Articles

Here are some recommended databases for your topics. You'll need to be persistent and try various search terms. The Search Terms and the Tracking Down Information tabs above have more suggestions for searching & locating hard copies of sources. Email me with any questions or issues.

Finding Books

The library has a number of books on cities; many of them can be found on the third floor by browsing the call numbers from HT101-HT395, where books on cities and urban planning are shelved. To find books in our library, search the Library Catalog - you can also search directly via  the search box on the library's homepage.

When you find books that look useful, write down the Location & the Call Number

General Collection, call numbers A - PQ  are on the Third Floor 

General Collection, call numbers PR - Z are on the Second (Main) Floor

Oversize are on the Third Floor, Beck Hall side

Reference are on the Second (Main) Floor, Beck Hall side

Browsing are on the Second (Main) Floor near the entrance

Young Adult & Children's Books are on the First Floor 

AV materials (DVDs, etc) are on the First Floor

Once you are in the right area, signs on the sides of the shelves will direct you further. Don't hesitate to ask for directions at the Information Desk (main floor of the library) if you can't find your book.

Browse the shelves when you find a useful book. Books are shelved according to topic, so chances are you'll find other relevant books nearby.

You can check books out at the Information Desk. This page has information about loan periods, renewals, etc.  And this page gives even more detail about finding books in our library.

Finding More Books

You can (and should) also search for books in other libraries. To do this, use the advanced search in the library catalog. Scroll down to select "Libraries WorldWide." 

  • Once you find a book that you want to order, click the title. On the next screen, click "Request from Another Library" under the Access Options box.
  • Follow the prompts to log in with your Gustavus user name and password.
  • You will get an email once the book arrives; pick it up at the Information Desk of the library.
  • This process is free to you and is a great way to expand your resources.
  • The Tracking Down Materials tab at the top of this guide has more information on requesting materials from other libraries.

City Statistics

Depending on your topic, you might need or want to look up statistics on your city. Here are some ideas and resources to consult.


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Hello! I look forward to working with you. If you have any questions about research, an assignment, or the library in general, please contact me via email or make an appointment. You can reach any of the reference librarians at folke @ or via the Ask Us! button on the library's homepage.

City Government Pages

Here are links to some of the main pages for each of your cities. They will be excellent sites for gathering data and exploring some of the issues impacting your city.

Class Slides

Here are the slides we used during our library session in case you'd like a refresher on what we discussed.

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