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Planning: Get started


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About this guide


This guide will help students and faculty in the School of Planning navigate the library to meet their learning and research needs by:

  • linking to relevant databases to find articles
  • providing information about books, print and electronic
  • linking to additional resources and collections
  • showcasing tools that support academic goals and objectives


Find articles lists databases for specific topics, such as:

  • climate change adaptation
  • climate change mitigation
  • healthy cities
  • nature based solutions
  • planning theory
  • public participation
  • sustainability
  • transportation


Databases, and how to:

  • navigate effectively
  • use filters and limits
  • tag and export results to Zotero


Find books provides information on:

  • eBooks and eBook collections
  • LC (Library of Congress) classification system
  • locations of on-campus book return bins
  • new books
  • Onmi, the library catalogue 
  • requesting items from the catalogue


More resources links to:

  • 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?



Nature Cities 

  • Nature Cities is a new monthly, online journal to be launched in January 2024Nature Cities will publish insightful research and opinion about cities and urban issues broadly. All editorial decisions are made by a team of full-time professional editors.
  • Aims and scope

Relevant research topics

  • conversion of land from natural habitats to urban land use
  • creation, use, and preservation of natural spaces and parks
  • development of transportation networks and infrastructure
  • water and air quality
  • political theory and policy analysis
  • physical/natural environment
  • community sustainability
  • urban design
  • transportation
  • housing
  • social and demographic dimensions
  • economic development
  • regional planning
  • heritage and preservation
  • health
  • environmental planning includes:
    • biology and ecology
    • water and wetlands
    • watersheds
    • forests and parks
  • planning as a process includes
    • policy-making
    • research
    • decision-making
    • select disciplines in geography, social sciences, and pure and applied sciences
  • planners help:
    • plan and design new communities, and developments within existing communities
    • protect the natural environment as well as heritage buildings and neighbourhoods
    • improve the existing conditions of urban areas
    • create programs and policies that benefit individuals and communities
    • assist in the creation, operation, and development of transportation infrastructure and systems - roads, transit, bikes and pedestrian ways - which allow for freight and people movements
    • advise city governments and private companies on environmental issues

Liaison Librarian

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Marian Davies

Need help?


You can email me with your question(s), or book a consultation. Email questions are answered within1-2 business days. Consultations can be booked up to a month in advance and could be up to an hour in length.


I'm here for you.

My goal is to meet every graduate student in the Faculty of Environment.

Why? Because I can help you:

  • navigate databases
  • locate items quickly
  • create a research strategy
  • cite your references
  • answer your questions
  • and more . . .