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Urban Design and Planning (UrDP): Writing on Urban Design and Planning

Subject Guide for Urban Design and Planning Students.

What's Been Done

Finding previous theses in architecture:

  • Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) database of Dissertations and Theses
  • Faculty-curated list of architectural history Dissertations and Theses (1994-2008)
  • To see Dissertations and Theses available the UW Catalog:
    • Search the UW Catalog using "urban design" or "urban planning" as a "subject": 

  • Then filter by "Resource Type" to include only "Dissertations and Theses":

Starting Out

Consider what type of thesis that you want to undertake.

Types of Theses:

  • Architectural Theory
    • Consult WorldCat or UW Libraries Catalog for author. movement name (e.g. "semiotics"), or specific theory or method {e.g., "discourse analysis" or "time-consciousness").
  • Design Project Local/Elsewhere
    • Search for information on the architect's name or project name.
    • Use Google (Books, Scholar, Images) in concert with WorldCat, UW Libraries Catalog, UW Libraries Research Guides.
    • Use UW Libraries Research Guides in other disciplines, e.g., Psychology, Civil Engineering, Political Science.

Print Resources

Citation Managers

What is a citation manager?

It's a personal citation database and bibliography creator that allows you to import, store, organize, and share your research citations. It will also automatically format your bibliographies into whatever style you need (APA, MLA, Chicago, and many more). Most citation managers will allow you to annotate sources, attach PDFs and other file types, as well as share content with others.