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Urban Design & Planning: Urban Design

In this Guide

Find topical resources and best practices for urban design research. In addition, Urban Design is also supported by: 

GIS and GeoData are increasingly sophisticated and comprehensive tools. Work with your colleagues and the librarians to further investigations. Reach out and recommend additional tools.  

Research & Writing


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Vanessa Viola
Art & Architecture Library
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New York Institute of Technology
Old Westbury, NY 11568

Books and Ebooks

Ready Reference sources for reliable and accurate topical overview. Includes Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Directories, Handbooks, Product and Detail Guides.

Architecture and Design Indexes & Databases

Databases are accessible 24/7 from anywhere.
Click on any link below. If you are off campus, enter your NYIT ID when prompted. 

Art History & Architecture History - Key Sources

Architecture & Urban Planning History - Key Sources

Broad Search

  • OneSearch is the NYIT catalog, which will connect you to all the materials available to NYIT Students, facutly and Staff. 
  • WorldCat connects you to materials in libraries across the world. Many resources may only be accessed by subscription. Students, faculty, and staff may access these materials off campus using a proxy server. You will need to enter your NYIT username and password.

Something About Books. . .

The vast majority of Art, Architecture, and Design knowledge are not available through Google. You may find the book or article online but will need to obtain a physical copy to access all the information. Copyright restrictions protect creators and designers. Not all quality material will be found via the Open Web.

Journals and Books: While art and architecture journals are available to search digitally, often the full text databases such as ArtSource, Avery Index and Architecture Publications Index, and JSTOR, contain only the text and not the high-quality reproductions. 
- Summary based on "Why You Need to Come to Haas Arts Library" by Lindsay King,, accessed 2/16/17.

Urban Planning & Urban Design Journals

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