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Basic Resources

Encyclopedia of Urban America: The Cities and Suburbs. Santa Barbara, CA., ABC-Clio, 1998. 2 vols.
Signed entries with bibliography relating to "specific urban phenomena, people, places, and events.
Dana Call Number: Ref. HT123 .E5 1998

Urban America: A Historical Bibliography. Santa Barbara, CA., ABC-Clio, 1983.
Classified bibliography with abstracts of articles concerned with the development of, and life in, American cities through the 1970s.
Dana Call Number: HT123 .U725 1983

Finding Books: Library Catalogs

IRIS The online catalog for the Rutgers University Libraries.

    Relevant subject headings that you can use in IRIS include:

      Cities and Town United States
      Cities and Towns New Jersey
      Inner Cities United States
      Central Business Districts

Newark Law
Newark Law library materials, including materials located at the Don M. Gottfredson Library of Criminal Justice, are not listed in IRIS. Use the above subject headings to find relevant publications in the those collections.

Search across the collections of a large number of research libraries; identify relevant works and the best subject headings to use to find books on specific topics; and find out if an item is available at Rutgers or another library. Based on the over 40 million items found in the collections of the Research Libraries Group (RLG).

Finding Articles: Indexes

America: History and Life 1964- . The most comprehensive index to American (U.S. and Canada) history. Indexes over 2000 journals worldwide, as well as book reviews and dissertations. Restricted Access.

Public Affairs Information Service 1972- Index to books, reports, government documents, and journals dealing with political, social, and public policy issues. Restricted Access.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts 1975- Index to over 1,300 journals in political science, international relations, public policy and related fields. Restricted Access.

EconLit 1969- Comprehensive bibliographic index for economic literature. Indexes journal, books, dissertations, working papers, and volumes of articles. Restricted Access.

SocioFile 1974- Index to approximately 1900 journals in sociology and related disciplines. Restricted Access.

HUD USER Bibliographic Database Index, with abstracts, to more than 10,000 research reports, articles, books, and data sources in housing policy, building technology, economic development, urban planning, and related fields. From the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Policy Development and Research.

Research Centers

The Urban Institute
A non-profit non-partisan research institute focusing on issues relating to American cities and urban populations.

Center for Urban Policy Research
Rutgers University research center focusing on issues relating to housing, land use, urban poverty,community change, economic development and forecasting, and environmental policy. CUPR also manages the Community Outreach Partnership Center, which assistscommunity-based organizations in the revitalization of the West Side Park neighborhood in the Central Ward in Newark

New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute
"The New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute, (NJPPRI) identifies, analyzes and disseminates information critical to informed public policy development in and for the African-American community in New Jersey and the region."

The Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies
Rutgers-Newark center focusing on the issues facing urban areas, primarily metropolitan Newark and northern New Jersey.

State of the Cities

The American Metropolis at Century's End: Past and Future Influences
Report of a survey, led by Robert Fishman (Rutgers University-Camden), of urban specialists who were asked to identify the key influences which shaped American cities in the past 50 years, as well as those most likely to shape cities in the future. Sponsored by the Fannie Mae Foundation.

State of the Cities 2000
Report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development on the social and economic vitality of America's cities.

State of the Cities Data Systems
Data on 542 central cities and 10,744 metropolitan suburban places. In addition to demographic, employment, and business data, the SOCDS also contains data on high tech jobs in cities, suburbs, and metropolitan areas, as well as house values and rents, and crime rates. "Fast Look" option allows user to view data tables for one or more selected cities. The SOCDS also includes Comprehensive Housing Affordability Strategy (CHAS) data showing housing problems and the availability of affordable housing for states, counties, and places, as well as Urban Finance data (public expenditures, revenues, and employees) for cities and metropolitan areas.

New Jersey Cities

The New Jersey Municipal Data Book. Montclair, N.J., New Jersey Associates, 1981- Annual
One page summaries [sample] of the population, government, finances, schools, and other characterisitics of each of New Jersey's towns and cities.
Dana Call Number: REF HD4606.N49N5. Most recent volume at Reference Desk.

Urban Fiscal Health: How Do New Jersey Cities Compare to Other American Cities?. Gerald Miller, Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, Rutgers University-Newark Campus, Oct 2001.
Compares public financial data for Newark and Jersey City to similar central cities: Akron, Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburg, Rochester, Toledo and Yonkers.

New Jersey Metropatterns: A Regional Agenda for Community and Stability in New Jersey
Maps social and economic trends in New Jersey's cities and suburbs. From the New Jersey Regional Coalition.

1996 New Jersey Municipal Distress Index
MDI ranking is one of a number of factors used to determine priorities in statewide planning iniatives.

New Jersey General Tax Rates by County and Municipality
1997-2003. From the State of New Jersey Division of Taxation.

New Jersey State League of Municipalities
"A voluntary association created to help communities do a better job of self-government through pooling information resources and brain power. It is authorized by State Statute and since 1915, has been serving local officials throughout the Garden State. More than 560 municipalities are members of the League. Over 560 mayors and 13,000 elected and appointed officials of member municipalities are entitled to all of the services and privileges of the League."

The Newark Experience
Resources relating to the city of Newark, its history, institutions, and people.


Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2001, 2002, and 2003
The basic annual U.S. statistical compilation. You can also links to tables from the 1995-2000 editions. However the PDF file format makes for cumbersome data retrieval. A modified version of Statistical Abstract tables can also be found by searching Lexis-Nexis Statistical. Print copies of latest edition of the Statistical Abstract are available at the Dana Library Reference Desk.

County and City Data Book. Washington, D.C., Bureau of the Census, 1949- .
Social, economic, and business statistics for all U.S. counties, cities of 25,000 or more, and places of 2500 or more.
Dana Call Number: Most recent volume at Reference Desk.

County and City Data Books
Select data elements and create your own tables based on data reported in the 1988, 1994, and 2000 County and City Data Books

Census Data

American FactFinder
Select query elements to create maps and view data tables based on Census 2000, the 1990 Census, the American Community Survey, and the Economic Census. See definitions of the major geographic units for which census data is available.

1980 and 1970 Census of Population are located in the Census area in the Dana Library Reference Room. Population characteristics for the nation and by state (including county, central city, and place data) are available in the General Social and Economic Characteristics volumes:

  • 1980 CENSUS OF POPULATION, General Social and Economic Characteristics, U.S. Summary (C3.223/7:980)
  • 1980 CENSUS OF POPULATION, General Social and Economic Characteristics, Pt. 32 New Jersey (C32.223/7:980/c32)
  • 1970 CENSUS OF POPULATION, General Soical and Economic Characteristics, New Jersey (C3.223/9:970/C32)

You will need to use the Table Finding Guide in the front of each volume to locate the data that you need.

1997 Census of Governments: Federal, State, and Local
Covers government organization, public employment, and government finance.
2002 Census of Governments: Federal, State, and Local Governments
In Progress, most state and local data not yet available.

1997 Economic Census: Retail Trade: New Jersey
Number of establishments engaged in retailing merchandise; employment; payroll; and value of sales, receipts, revenue, or shipments for establishments with paid employees by subsector.

County Business Patterns
County economic data by industry.


Relevant subject headings that you can use in IRIS include:

    Urban Renewal United States
    Urban Renewal Economic Aspects
    Urban Economics
    Tourism Economic Aspects
    Congresses and Conventions Economic Aspects

Enterprise Zones

Relevant subject heading that you can use in IRIS:

    Enterprise Zones

Rubin, Marilyn M. The New Jersey Urban Enterprise Zone Program: An Evaluation. New Jersey, 1989.
Dana Call Number: DOCNJ HC107 .N53R83 1989

Impact of the Arts

Relevant subject heading that you can use in IRIS:

    Arts Economic Aspects

Strom, Elizabeth. Cultural Policy as Development Policy: Evidence from the United States. Newark, N.J., Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, June 2002.
Looks at changes in U.S. cultural policies and projects which have been reframed to emphasize their economic benefits to cities.

Guetzkow, Joshua. How the Arts Impact Communities: An Introduction to the Literature on Arts Impact Studies. Princeton University, Center for Arts and Culture Policy Studies Working Paper #20, 2002.
Literature review and discussion of issues involved in art impact studies.

Pettit, Becky. Resources for Studying Public Participation in the Arts:Inventory and Review of Available Survey Data on North Americans' Participation in and Attitudes Towards the Arts. Princeton University, Center for Arts and Culture Policy Studes Working Paper #2. 1997.
Summarizes and reviews 25 surveys of local, regional, and national populations regarding participation in, and attitudes towards, the arts.

CPANDA: Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive
Includes quick facts (statistics about artists, audiences, arts organizations, and support for the arts), research guides, links to resources on cultural policy and the arts, and a data archive in which you can serach for, analyze, and download survey data about cultural policy and the arts.

Service Annual Survey: Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Services
Portion of the annual U.S. Census sample survey of service industries covering performing arts, spectator sports, museums, amusement parks, gambling industries, and other amusement and recreation industries.

Impact of Sports Facilities

Relevant subject headings that you can use in IRIS include:

    Sports Economic Aspects
    Professional Sports Economic Aspects
    Stadiums Economic Aspects
    Sports Teams Economic Aspects

Chapin, Tim. Identifying the Real Costs and Benefits of Sports Facilities. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Working Paper, 2002.

Chapin, Tim. The Political Economy of Sports Facility Location: An End-of-the-Century Review and Assessment, Marquette Sports Law Journal 10(2), 2000, 361-382.

The Role of Sport in Regenerating Depreived Urban Areas: Bibliography
Extensive bibliography with an emphasis on the potential social contributions of sports on the regeneration of urban areas. From the Scottish Office Development Department.

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John Cotton Dana Library
September 11, 2004