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Anthropology

Background Information

Often it can be helpful to get an overview of your topic and/or definition of terms.  The overview can also help identify key books and articles in your topic area.  Key resources for research on urban anthropology include titles such as Encyclopedia of the city (also located in print in the reference collection: HT108.5 .E526 2005).  Search the library catalogue for more encyclopedias and dictionaries. 

Finding Articles on Urban Anthropology

The  articles tab on the left will link you to sources that are useful for research in anthropology.  For this course you may find that literature of political science, geography, history,  economics, sociology, urban studies etc is also helpful. Consult Database page for a listing of databases by subject. 

Here are some key sources for locating academic articles and papers on urban anthropology:

Web of Science -  good general guide to scholarly journal literature in all subject areas.  Does not contain fulltext but through SFX links can often quickly retrieve fulltext of the work

Conflict in Cities and the Contested States -  see publications and  working papers sections

Urban Studies Abstract

SocIndex with fulltext

Google Scholar -  good source to pull resources from a variety of disciplinary areas

Policy Resources

Guide to resources for Urban Policy compiled by Dani Pahulje, Political Science and Government Publications Librarian

See information below for selected content from this guide

 

See also Urban Studies/Planning Guide prepared by Sue McKee

Finding Urban (City) Policies Using Google

What is an Intergovernmental Organization?

The Union of International Associations, it is publication, Yearbook of International Organizations, defines intergovernmental organizaitons as bodies:

  • being based on a formal instrument of agreement between the governments of nation states
  • including three or more nation states as parties to the agreement
  • possessing a permanent secretariat performing onging tasks.

The following are some intergovernmental organizations (IGOs):

Alberta Cities and Policies

Airdrie

Brooks

  • Policies are scattered throughout the website
  • Use the search box within the website.  Use the terms policy or policies or strategy.

Calgary

Camrose

Cold Lake

  • Policies are scattered throughout the website
  • Use the search box within the website.  Use the terms policy or policies or strategy.

Edmonton

Fort Saskatchewan

  • Policies are scattered throughout the website
  • Use the search box within the website.  Use the terms policy or policies or strategy.

Grande Prairie

Lacombe

Leduc

  • Policies are scattered throughout the website
  • Use the search box within the website.  Use the terms policy or policies or strategy.

Lethbridge

Lloydminster

  • Policies are scattered throughout the website
  • Use the search box within the website.  Use the terms policy or policies or strategy.

Medicine Hat

  • Policies are scattered throughout the website
  • Use the search box within the website.  Use the terms policy or policies or strategy.

Red Deer

  • Policies are scattered throughout the website
  • Use the search box within the website.  Use the terms policy or policies or strategy.

Spruce Grove

St. Albert

Wetaskiwin

Alberta Municipalities: Websites

Responsibility for municipal or local government in Alberta rests with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.

Canadian Municipalities: Websites

How to Find Municipal Policies

Once you have found the official government website for the municipality that you are interested in you may do the following to locate any policies:

  • Within the official municipal government website, using the search box in the site, use the following terms:
    • policy or policies or strategy
  • Using the URL for the official municipal government website, do an Advanced Search in Google:



Finding Official City Websites: Google

A Google Search may be done for locating official city websites. 

  • Google Search
    • Use the name of the city and the word official in your search strategy
      • eg.  san francisco official
      • NB.  If you do not use the word official, you may find websites for tourists rather than those for the governance of a city