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Future Cities: FCIT 602: Get started



About this guide


This guide is designed with you in mind, with a focus to help you find the material for your area of expertise. 


Find articles lists databases on topics, such as:

  • climate change
  • sustainability
  • modelling
  • team cohesion
  • governance 
  • societal change


A brief overview of databases on:

  • how to navigate
  • what databases contain
  • some of the functions and benefits


Find books has information on:

  • direct link to search the library catalogue
  • how can I get my books during COVID-19?
  • how can I find my books?
  • library catalogue search function
  • placing holds and recalls
  • not in the catalogue?
  • should we order a copy?
  • on-campus book return bins locations
  • new books
  • core texts for the discipline
  • eReference material
  • eBooks and eBook collections
  • questions? Contact me


More resources:

  • library guides
    • essential
    • subject specific
    • topic specific
    • for advanced library users
  • unique collections
    • data; statistics
    • films
    • Geospatial Centre
    • Special Collections & Archives (SC&A)
      • Digital library
      • Special Collections / Rare books
  • publications of selected centres and institutes
    • Heritage Resources Centre
    • Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3)
    • Southwestern Ontario Research Data Centre (SWORDC)
    • Water Institute
    • Waterloo Institute for Complexity & Innovation (WICI)
    • Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation (WISIR)
    • Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE)


The Research toolkit provides an overview of the research process and tips to help with:

  • academic writing, essays and research papers
  • help with references, citing your work
  • bibliometric tools
  • more than technical skills, soft skills
  • time management tips
  • the research process
  • saving your search strategy
  • setting up alerts
  • publishing your work?
  • need funding?




Library services for Winter 2022

Access to the electronic resources requires your WatIAM credentials. You can login before you start your search from the library's homepage using the 'Get access from anywhere' link, located in the left navigation, or when the system prompts you to enter your credentials. If, for any reason, you encounter any difficulties with gaining access, please contact me directly or library staff through our Ask us service to resolve the issue. 


The 2021 Environmental Sustainability Report, prepared by the President's Advisory Committee on Environmental Sustainability


Omni: your library catalogue

The library catalogue, Omni, is a dynamic platform that provides more functionality, more options, and additional academic library catalogues to browse and search for information. The redesign makes navigation more intuitive, detailed descriptions provide more context, all of which makes for a more rewarding experience. Searching in the advanced search option is recommended for optimum results.

Future Cities: objectives and goals


Future Cities objectives and goals is designed with a focus on these main themes:

  • urban phenomena
  • social justice and the city
  • the economic and political context in which urban decisions are made
  • planning and engineering dimensions of sustainability
  • the interface between nature and the city
  • healthy cities and how to plan for future trends


An overarching framework to consider entails the following:

  • systems-thinking (perceived connections between different objects of study)
  • synergy (mutually favourable interactions between different bodies of knowledge and their practical effects on city planning, akin to the intersection between human behaviour, economic activities, and public policies)
  • scenarios (case studies that illustrate best practices on a world scale and how these ideas can be applied individually or jointly in different contexts)
  • simulation (the mapping out the overall effects and conceptualizing the relationships)
  • statecraft (an umbrella term for the range of resources and restrictions in an institutional context)


Subject areas include:

  • Accessibility
  • Architecture
  • Brownstones
  • City planning
  • Cybernetics
  • Cycling
  • Design
  • Energy
  • Future cities
  • Gentrification
  • Governance
  • Greenspace
  • Growth / Sprawl
  • Health
  • Placemaking
  • Policies
  • Pollution
  • Regulations
  • Safety
  • Security
  • Shrinking cities
  • Superblocks
  • Technology
  • Theory
  • Transportation
  • Urbanization
  • Walking

Using the library


It's been clear for years that finding information, finding 'content', is not an issue. Information is everywhere you turn. But what can be a problem, is to find the information that you need to support your intellectual ideas. I can help you navigate and find the few selective pieces of literature that support your research.

I am an old person, but a young librarian. I started graduate school at the age of 47. I can emphasize with some of the difficulties when learning about new platforms, and new ways to discover information. Access is one of the main issues. I can help you with any aspect of the library catalogue, the databases, services, and sorting out how these pieces all fit together. It is confusing. And it can be frustrating. This is where I come in.

A research consultation with me is usually an hour, and often there is a follow up session to review and go over any additional questions. Once you learn about the options and the potential of what these resources can yield, you can be strategic and deliberate in your actions. Students that have reached out for a research consultation note how helpful and insightful our sharing of information can be. You can book a time with me using the calendar under my email link in the contact information.