Urban Studies & Planning Databases

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Provides full text journals, books, and reference works that cover agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine and freshwater science, geography, pollution and waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts along with urban planning.

Social Explorer is an online research tool designed to access current and historical U.S. Census data and demographic information. It contains maps, profile reports, data elements, and variables.

Features case studies that describe project development processes, which are innovative in their markets and financially successful. Most case studies discuss real estate development. This database is limited to 3 concurrent users. Close your browser at the end of your session.

Contains full text articles from social sciences journals in urban studies and public policy. 

Maintains citation searching for high impact research journals in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

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Contains manuscripts, books, maps, photos, and other materials focusing on the American West.

Indexes articles about architecture, archaeology, city planning, interior design, landscape architecture, and historic preservation.

An authoritative online resource for reliable content on sustainable design strategies, green building materials, and case studies of high performance buildings.

Includes building permits data that is updated monthly.

Covers construction news, real estate, urban planning, energy, and transportation news for the greater Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. Access limited to current PSU students, faculty, and staff. Please contact the Library reference desk for login.

Data.gov provides access to federal open government data as well as data from state, local, and tribal governments.

Provides a wide range of data collected by the Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Provides access to open source and freely shared data sets.

Provides citations and abstracts of articles in environmental, ecology, and water resources journals, conference proceedings, EPA reports, and books.

Provides a repository where users can make all of their research, such as datasets, presentation slides, open lab notebooks, papers, media, figures, posters, code, theses, and filesets, available in a citableshareable,and discoverable manner.

Searches multiple U.S. Federal Government databases that retrieve reports, articles, and citations while providing direct links to selected resources available online.

Offers research covering all aspects of human impact on the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government, and general interest titles covers global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and recycling.

Maintains a global reference on the environment, energy, and natural resources.

Archives social science data that includes aging, child care, criminal justice, demography, education, political science as well as public and mental health.

Contains free access to case studies, evaluations, white papers, annual reports, issue briefs, and numerous other materials addressing the world's social problems that include aging, crime and safety, government reports, nonprofit and philanthropy, race and ethnicity, and transportation.

Contains full text articles from major research journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Coverage of most journals starts from the beginning of a journal's publication and typically excludes the most recent three to five years.

Provides information about the Portland region’s neighborhoods: how they are changing, who lives there, and the issues of interest to the region’s leaders and residents. Neighborhood Pulse includes neighborhood profiles, Greater Portland 21, and the Neighborhood Pulse Map Viewer. 

Covers public affairs, public and social policy, and international relations. Includes national and international journal articles, books, government documents, statistics, grey literature, research reports, conference papers, microfiche, and pertinent web sites.

Maintains the online edtion of the Portland Business Journal, and Portland's Book of Lists. Also includes other local, Metro business journal publications.

Provides profiles of U.S. companies, health care providers, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.

Contains state-level historical data for the areas of agriculture, crime and law enforcement, defense, economy, education, employment and labor, energy and environment, geography, government finances, health, households and housing, population, social welfare as well as transportation.

Collects articles, case studies, and book chapters covering the key areas of governance, sustainability, social responsibility, environmental management, and related fields with content from 2012-2015. 

Provides international transportation research. TRID combines records from TRB's Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) database and the OECD's Joint Transport Research Centre's International Transport Research Documentation (ITRD) database. Covers the 1960's to the present.

Offers population, housing, economic, trends, and geographic data.

Provides data sets generated by the HUD Office of Policy Development and Research. Effors include the American Housing Survey, HUD median family income limits, and microdata from research initiatives such as housing discrimination, the HUD-insured multifamily housing stock, and the public housing population.