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Includes many encyclopedias, handbooks, and other sources of background information. Look for relevant titles under headings such as Geography, History, and Political Science. Individual books include A Companion to the City,A Companion to 20th Century America, and A Companion to Post-1945 America.
This is a large library of background sources. The International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences may be especially useful for finding relevant information on 19th-20th c. urban and suburban history.
A combined search of the library's books, journal articles, databases, and more. Consider this a Google-like search of a vast amount of resources, but keep in mind some library materials are not indexed by the search. The search refinements and availability of multiple search fields are key to limiting the usually large number of results and finding the most relevant sources.