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Urban Studies



Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary subject area that is classified under Sociology. This guide highlights SFC Library’s resources for researching Urban Studies related topics.

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Successful information research requires you to know how to phrase your topic to match those of the research system so that the system can find relevant results. This is where keywords come in handy. The Oxford English Dictionary defines keyword as "a word (usually one of several) chosen to indicate or represent the content of a larger document, text, record, etc., in an index, catalog, or database." 

How to find keywords? Start your search with two or three most significant words that describe your topic. Browse the first two pages of results to find the ones that seem the most relevant. Look at the "Subjects" or "Headings" field in these results. Now try to search using these terms. Another possible method is use the database's thesaurus. Note, all databases have one and sometimes you click a link or a tab to find it. For example, a multidisciplinary database called ProQuest has it in the "Advanced Search" page. Here is the official Library of Congress subject headings for urban studies. See subclass HT on page 19 at  And here is a keyword generator site to help you create keywords.