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GEOG 428: Global Cities: Research Tools

Introduction to Research

Interdisciplinary Article Databases

Sources of Data

UNC Catalog Search

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Suggested catalog subjects: Cities and Towns | City and Town Life | Sociology, Urban | Urban Policy | Urban Problems 

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When searching the preceding databases, use these tips for better results:

  • Use wildcard characters:  If searching for economic conditions, type the word econ* with an asterisk. That will return economies, economic, economist and any other word that starts with [e c o n].
  • Use quotes:  When searching for two words, quotes will search for the words when they're next to each other.  Thomas Jefferson will return articles with Thomas Payne and Jefferson Starship.  But when "Thomas Jefferson" is searched, only those articles with his name will be returned.

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For example: [urban policy  site:edu]
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