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Urbanism Research Guide : Policy and Research Resources

What expert researchers know

Policy is the solution to a problem, which means that it can be found at any stage including the identification of the problem. For this reason, there are a variety of source types for policy, including government information and government data. To understand the ways in which cities operate, one must understand the ways that Federal, state, and local policies interact and shape Urban Life.

Scholarly Databases

Database Trial

Between now and October 30, 2021, Yale will be hosting a trial for PolicyCommons. Policy Commons is a comprehensive content-and-discovery platform for public policy, with more than 2.5 million reports, briefs, analyses, media, working papers, and datasets from IGOs, NGOs, think tanks, and global research organizations.

To access the site by proxy, students/faculty will need to use this link:

To provide feedback on whether this should be a Yale Purchase, please fill out the following form:

Environmental Considerations



GIS Projects of Interest

Data, GIS, and Statistical Sources