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Literature Databases are used to identify articles from peer-reviewed journals and other types of periodicals.
Online Journals and Databases
The Online Journals and Databases tool provides access to electronic journals and literature databases (aka literature indexes and abstracts) available from the Library.
Easy Search is a search and discovery tool that allows you to search a variety of article, book, and Web sites simultaneously. There are a number of subject-specific categories you can limit your search to, including one for Arts & Humanities Articles, and more. Selecting the Books category searches the Library Online Catalog, the I-Share catalog for state academic libraries, Google Books, Microsoft Live Books, and Amazon Books. For more information see What is Easy Search?
Literature Databases are used to identify articles from peer-reviewed journals and other types of periodicals. These databases are created by companies and other entities and subscribed or licensed to academic and other institutions. Subject and other specialists from these companies take a defined set of periodicals and create records with details for the periodicals contents. In general databases provide general information about individual articles and other content, such as the article title, author name, data of publication, descripter words, and article summary (abstract). Major database producers provide a lot more details, and can allow the use of quite sophisticated searching strategies so that you can find the perfect paper!
The following are a list of major literature databases for urban & regional planning and landscape architecture with descriptions you can use to determine which ones are the most appropriate for your research topic. You may also find links to these and other resources on the CPLA Virtual Library and via the Online Journals & Databases.
Note: Most electronic resources are available to all in campus libraries and other campus IPs, and off-Campus to UIUC affiliates via their NetID and password.
Academic Search Ultimate Academic Search Ultimate is a multi-disciplinary database of over 10,000 academic journals, newspapers, magazines, reports, and books. The database also provides access to current Associated Press video content back to 1930. Scholarly content covers a broad range of important areas of academic study, including biology, food science, landscape architecture, urban planning, engineering, animal science, law, general sciences, and more.
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals Comprehensive coverage of journal articles on architecture and design, including the history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, historic preservation, and interior design and decoration. The American and international journals indexed include not only scholarly and popular periodical literature, but also publications of professional associations, American state and regional periodicals, and the major serials on architecture and design of Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia. Coverage is mainly form 1934 to the present, with selective coverage back to 1741.
CAB Abstracts CAB Abstracts & Global Health is a literature database created by The Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International. CABI is a subset of the Web of Science suite of databases. Provides access to articles pertaining to the applied life sciences, including agriculture, the environment, veterinary science, plant science, and nutri-tion in addition to public health research and practice. This database offers nearly 9 million articles from 120 countries in 50 languages, selected from over 10,000 aca-demic journals, books, conference proceedings, technical records and more.
Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Index Garden, Landscape, and Horticulture Index identifies articles about horticulture, gardening and landscape design and history, botany, ecology, plant and garden conservation, garden management, and horticultural therapy. This database is primarily for gardening enthusiasts, professionals, and students of horticulture and of garden and landscape design and history. Over 530 core titles are indexed and abstracted, many unique from other indexes. The index includes periodicals of the major learned societies in horticulture, botany, ecology, entomology, and plant pathology, and of many plant societies and trade associations. Publications of commercial horticulture, landscaping, and retailing are represented.
Nexis Uni Provides access to full-text news, business, and legal publications from over 10,000 news, business, and legal sources.
The outstanding news coverage includes deep backfiles and up-to-the-minute stories in national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources. Use the included Company Dossier module to retrieve detailed company information and financial performance measures or identify and compare companies matching specific criteria. This product also provides access to the renowned Shepard's Citations® service for all federal and states court cases back to 1789.
Urban Studies Abstracts Including bibliographic records covering essential areas related to the study of cities and regions, Urban Studies Abstracts explores such topics as urban affairs, community devel-opment, urban history and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. This data-base contains more than 99,000 records from key discipline resources with coverage back to 1973. Coverage list PDF Excel HTML.
Web of Science (Core Collection) Web of Science (WoS) offers access to a variety of abstract and citation databases that support scientific and scholarly research. The Web of Science Core Collection includes Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Conference Proceedings Citation Indexes, Book Citation Index, Emerging Sources Citation Index, Current Chemical Reactions, and Index Chemicus. The Specialist Collection offers access to subject-specific databases such as Biological Abstracts, BIOSIS Citation Index, CAB Abstracts, Food Sci-ence & Technology Abstracts, MEDLINE, and Zoological Record. The Regional Collection includes the Korean Journal Database, Russian Science Citation Index, SciELO Citation Index (Latin Ameri-can lit). The Data Collection has Data Citation Index and Patient Collection has Derwent innova-tions Index. See http://clarivate.libguides.com/webofscienceplatform for more details.