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A Guide to Library Resources for Studies in Planning

Primary Databases for Planning

Scopus: Scopus is one of the largest abstract and citation databases of peer-reviewed literature. It includes smart tools to track, analyze, and to visualize research.

Muniscope: Login: ; Password: dalLibrary

Canada’s national resource on municipal issues, sponsored by the Provincial-Territorial Officials Committee on Local Government (PTOC). Muniscope is an excellent source for information to support local government policies, practices and service delivery. Formats of information include:

Sociological Abstracts: Provides access to the world's literature in sociology and related disciplines, both theoretical and applied.

JSTOR: Dalhousie subscribes to JSTOR's Arts and Sciences I-VII, Business, Ecology and Botany, Language and Literature, and Life Sciences collections.

SAGE Journals Online: Browse or search through a collection of journals from Sage. 

TRID (Transport Research International Documentation) Database: TRID is an integrated database that combines the records from TRB’s Transportation Research Information Services (TRIS) Database and the OECD’s Joint Transport Research Centre’s International Transport Research Documentation (ITRD) Database. TRID provides access to more than one million records of transportation research worldwide.

ROSA P: The National Transportation Library's Repository and Open Science Access Portal. The name ROSA P was chosen to honor the role public transportation played in the civil rights movement, along with one of the important figures, Rosa Parks.

Founded as an all-digital library program, NTL’s collections in ROSA P are full-text digital publications, datasets, and other resources. Legacy print materials that have been digitized are collected if they have historic, technical, or national significance. 

PATH Database: Indexes books, articles, and reports on intelligent transportation systems.

DalTRAC: The Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory: A multi-disciplinary research facility dedicated to the advancement of transportation engineering/planning research and practice at Dalhousie University. The unit aims to contribute to transportation studies, planning, and analysis at local, regional and national levels.

PAIS Index: Indexes articles, books, documents, reports, and statistical compilations about public policy, social policy and international development.

Research Library: A general, multidisciplinary database with full-text included for many citations.

Wiley Online Library: Dalhousie subscribes to most Wiley journals but only selected books. Look for the "unlocked" icon which signals access.

Project Muse: Search across all Project Muse titles for citations and articles of interest. Full-text of articles is available to only Dalhousie users.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: The most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses available. It is the official digital dissertations archive for the Library of Congress and the database of record for graduate research.

Historical Databases


Science & Technology Databases

Google Scholar

Google Scholar

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Set up Google Scholar to Link to Dalhousie E-Resources

Google Scholar is easy to use and searching is familiar since most of us use Google.

You can set up Google Scholar to link to the Dalhousie Libraries' electronic resources so that you have access to fulltext.

  • Go to Google Scholar
  • Click on the Menu (the 3 horizontal lines) in the top left-hand corner : 
  • Select Settings or the gear icon: 
  • Click "Library Links"
  • Search for Dalhousie
  • Check the box beside:

  • Save your selection

Now when you do a search, you will see links like this next to entries, when full text is available: