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URPL / GEOG 308: Principles of Planning: Find Articles

Welcome to the Principles of Planning Guide!


This guide provides links and information to help you with your research needs!

  • Find Articles - search through library holdings (both print and electronic) to get case studies via library-owned databases.
  • Find Books - using the library's public access catalog, search the holdings of both Library and the other libraries within the entire University System of Maryland.  If needed, it is also possible to easily search through other libraries for additional books not held by SU or other USM system libraries.
  • Data & Maps - get your hands on local and international data, as well as demographic data & maps - local, national, world.

Types of Sources

Case Study: In the social and life sciences, a case study is a research method involving an up-close, in-depth, and detailed examination of a subject of study, as well as its related contextual conditions. Case studies can be produced by following a formal research method.


Academic Research Paper: In academic publishing, a research paper is an academic work that is usually published in an academic journal. It contains original research results or reviews existing results. Such a paper, also called an article, is only considered valid if it undergoes a process of peer review by one or more referees (who are academics in the same field) who check that the content of the paper is suitable for publication in the journal. A paper may undergo a series of reviews, revisions, and re-submissions before finally being accepted or rejected. Other limiters that also convey this idea: Peer Reviewed, Academic Journal, or Scholarly Journal.

Search for Articles in These Databases

Refine Your Search

Limiters: The search engines below allow you to not only search for journal articles, but to also use their filtering (or limiting) capabilities to limit your search results to *only* academic/scholarly research papers or case studies. . You can usually find these limiters on the left side of the search results page. You can also limit by date, author, publication, topic, and more. 


Example of using quotation marks in your search, which helps your keywords stick together as one phrase. 

search with new york city in quotation marks


Example of limiters.

case study limiter example   research articles limiter example