Cities, Schools, and Space

Spring 2011

Listed in: Special Seminar, as COLQ-32; Andy Anderson (Section 01)Hilary J. Moss (Section 01)

  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Full Text
  • Data

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

Academic Search Premier (date coverage varies)
Full-text articles from over 3,600 journals in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and sciences.

Ancestry Library Edition
Access to more than 1.2 billion names, primary source documents, census records, and images and a variety of genealogical and historical research features.

ERIC (1966 to present)
Covers research documents, journal articles, technical reports, program descriptions and evaluations, and curricular materials in the field of education.

LexisNexis Academic (date coverage varies)
Full-text federal and state laws, international legal materials, and law reviews. Also newspapers and business information.

PAIS Index (1972 to present)
Coverage of articles, selected books, government documents, research reports, etc., from a wide range of social sciences.

Social Sciences Citation Index (1984 to present)
Tracks cited references to locate more recent articles in social science.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (1975 to present)
Covers international journals in political science and its complementary fields.


State and Local Government Information


Commonwealth of Massachusetts
The home page of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with links to the web sites of state agencies, and to statistical information on cities and towns in Massachusetts. There is also online access to many of the publications and databases of the Commonwealth, including laws, regulations, and statistics. Some highlights of this web site:

City of Boston
The home page of the City of Boston provides information about the programs and activities of the Mayor's Office, city departments (listed under "city services"), and the City Council.

Boston redevelopment authority website 

Boston's planning and redevelopment agency



City of Cambridge website

Cambridge, MA list of city department websites

HUD State of the Cities Data System (SOCDS), Data for Cambridge


Archives, libraries and information resources for the city of Cambridge

Cambridge Archive Project

This site provides information on archival collections related to the City of Cambridge and the people, places and organizations that have called Cambridge home. The site has two primary functions: First to inform people who are interested in doing research on what collections exist and where they can be found and second to allow people who are interested in making a donation of material to compare the policies and strengths of different institutions to determine what organization will be the best home for their material.


Cambridge Buildings and Architects by Christopher Hail.
This comprehensive database, created by Hail when he was a librarian at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, lists Cambridge buildings by street, including the style of the building (i.e., three-decker), when it was built and by who, and any structural changes. There is also an alphabetical listing of personal names of architects and the names of buildings. Available for download are high quality, color images of select Cambridge houses and buildings. Also included are Harvard University buildings located outside of Cambridge.


Cambridge Historical Society and its library page


Cambridge Public Library and its local history page


MIT Libraries Institute Archives and Special Collections


Chicago Manual of Style
Provides answers to style and editing questions.

For some examples of citation formats, see the quick guide in the online version of the Chicago Manual of Style, linked above.

Full Text Collections

America's Historical Newspapers (1690-1980)
Searchable archive of American newspapers including Early American Newspapers (1690-1922) and Hispanic American Newspapers (1808-1980).

Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
Combined search of the historic Boston Globe, Chicago Defender, Chinese Newspapers Collection, Hartford Courant, Los Angeles Times, New York Amsterdam News, New York Times, South China Morning Post, Times of India, and Washington Post.

Local Newspapers:

Website for current Cambridge Chronicle

or search last 5 years using Access World News

Cambridge Chronicle

8/4/2005 - Current

Full-text: electronic edition of record of publication

Website for the Bay State Banner


Historical Statistics of the United States
Standard source for quantitative information about the U.S., updated and includes 37,000 data series.

ICPSR: Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
World's largest archive of computerized social science data, provides abstracts and data.


U.S. Government Information


A good starting place for finding U.S. statistical information by subject, agency, or geography

Take a look at both the mapstats and the statistics by geography from U.S. Agencies sections here!


U.S. Department of Education - National Center for Education Statistics

This page lists various surveys and programs administered by NCES.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

State of the Cities Data Systems (SOCDS)

The SOCDS provides data for individual Metropolitan Areas, Central Cities, and Suburbs.


Online Databases for making tables and maps

U.S. Census Bureau's American Fact finder

Source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data for places in the United States.

Here's how to cite tables and maps drawn from American Factfinder.


Social Explorer

Social Explorer provides easy access to demographic information about the United States from 1790 to the present. To get started, select "Maps" or "Reports."

Here's the FAQ page with an entry on "how do I cite information from social explorer"


Online versions of statistical reference sources for counties, cities and metropolitan areas

State and Metropolitan Area Data Book: 2006

County and City Data Book 2007