Bibliographic and Community Resources

The Mumford Center maintains and regularly updates descriptions and links to urban-related bibliographic and community resources. If you have additional links you would like listed on this page, please contact us at Mumford@castle.albany.edu or (518) 442-4652.

1. Bibliographic Resources and Online Discussion Groups

2. Technical Assistance Documents

3. Government Reports and Resources


1. Bibliographic Resources and Online Discussion Groups

    A. Geography and Urban Planning
  • Geography World includes a bookstore where browsers may purchase books, atlases, almanacs, and software. An extensive site with various search engines, Geography World provides free information on such topics as: U.S. cities; agriculture and farming; U.S., African, Latin American, and Asian geography; as well as information on travel and recreation, mapping skills, homework help, trivia and quizzes, and more.
  • The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN) is a comprehensive resource for geographic information on cities, suburbs, villages and other places. The TGN contains approximately 900,000 records for places around the world.
  • GLOBIS is an electronic information system created by the faculty of Geographical Sciences at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. This site provides a listing of recommended geography-related websites from all over the world, including general geography sites, GIS and remote sensing sites, and geography and GIS news groups.
  • The Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) conducts research to better understand the experiences of diverse urban and minority populations. IUME works to establish government policies, and designs educational programs to support the development of ethnically and linguistically diverse groups. Specifically, the Institute conducts research and analyzes policies; provides technical assistance and professional development opportunities; convenes educators and the public; organizes programs for urban and minority youth; and serves as a source of information to the public. This site features current research and technical assistance projects, public forums, IUME publications, and links to information services.
  • The National Institute for Urban School Improvement (NIUSI) supports and encourages inclusive urban communities, schools, and families in building a sustainable, successful urban education system. To this end, NIUSI engages in dialogue, networking, technology, action research, information systems, alliance, and consensus building. At this site, browsers will find an online library, which contains a searchable database pertaining to urban education and inclusive schooling. The library contains annotated references, books, journal articles, descriptions of videos, position papers, project reports, program descriptions, and a variety of other media. Other features include links to e-news, publications, and an urban forum.
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    B. Housing/Homelessness
  • Community Connections, the Information Center of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD), serves state and local agencies, nonprofit organizations, public interest groups, and others interested in housing and community development. The Center provides its users with copies of program regulations, descriptions of model programs, case studies of affordable housing initiatives, publications on expanding affordable housing opportunities, funding information, training and conference announcements, and referrals to technical assistance providers. Most publications are available free of charge.
  • HandsNet is a national, nonprofit electronic communications network focusing on low-income advocacy issues such as welfare reform, homelessness, health care, housing, hunger, legal services, community development, children and families, HIV/AIDS, and many other poverty-related topics. HandsNet offers timely access to relevant news, legislative analyses, poverty statistics, and key studies.
  • With funding from the Colorado Campus Compact and with additional support from the Sundance Laboratory at the University of Colorado, The Housing Information Gateway serves as a gateway to providing information and links to housing resources on the Internet. This site is an elaboration of The Encyclopedia of Housing, which offers essays on issues ranging from abandonment to zoning.
  • The National Housing Institute (NHI) is a nonprofit research and education organization devoted to finding solutions to the problems of affordable housing and community development. NHI publishes Shelterforce, the only national magazine devoted to these issues. NHI also conducts research and makes available working papers and reports on such topics as preserving affordable housing, preventing homelessness, Congressional activities in housing and urban issues, and tenant/landlord-related topics.
  • The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) is a national organization consisting of individuals and organizations who educate, advocate, and organize for affordable housing for low-income people. NLIHC is affiliated with the Low Income Housing Information Services, which publishes the Low Income Housing Round-Up.
  • The Homelessness Resource Center (HRC) provides technical assistance, identifies and synthesizes knowledge and disseminates information. It links policy makers, service providers, researchers, consumers, and other interested parties to research results. The site includes a number of resources including a national listing of organizations concerned with homelessness and housing issues, the ability to retrieve state-specific information, as well as bibliographies and reports.
  • The Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods site at the University of Louisville contains several links pertaining to sustainable urban neighborhoods. These links include information from newspaper articles, designs, and reports on home ownership, as well as conferences and tours.
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    C. Urban Sociology and Urban History
  • Founded in 1905, The American Sociological Association (ASA) is a non-profit membership association dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession serving the public good. With over 13,000 members, ASA encompasses sociologists who are faculty members at colleges and universities, researchers, practitioners, and students. This website includes reviews, journal articles, publications, newsletters, and calls for papers.
  • Housed at Cornell University, the Making of America (MOA) is a digital library of historical journal articles and books from the 19th and early 20th Centuries. The site provides a searchable database of 267 monographs and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th Century imprints.
  • The Urban Environmental Management (UEM) website includes articles, reports, one-pagers, and bibliographies on UEM issues and related topics. Among the resources available at this site are: UEM components, urban economy and the industrial sector, urban communities and participation, country specific documents, and bibliographies.
    D. International Urban Resources
  • The Council on East Asian Libraries (CEAL) serves as a faculty-librarians' forum for the discussion of East Asian library problems of common concern; formulates programs for the development of East Asian library resources, bibliographic controls, and access; and improves inter-library and international cooperation in East Asian library development and services. Users may browse one of the many indexed topics, or may peruse online reports and publications. This site is available in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and English.
  • An international consortium of scholars and teachers, H-Net creates and coordinates Internet networks with the common objective of advancing teaching and research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. H-Net is committed to pioneering the use of new communication technology to facilitate the free exchange of academic ideas and scholarly resources. Hosted by Michigan State University, H-Net has had a series of on-going projects funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the United States Information Agency. Among H-Net's most important activities is its sponsorship of over 100 free electronic, interactive newsletters ("lists") edited by scholars in North America, Europe, Africa, and the Pacific. H-Net lists reach over 60,000 subscribers in more than 90 countries.
  • The Institute for Urban Economics (IUE) was created in 1995 by a group of Russian specialists who served on the U.S. Agency for International Development in the Russian Federation. IUE is a non-government and non-profit agency that identifies, analyzes, and promotes solutions to the social and economic problems of urban areas. Through research and technical assistance, IUE develops new approaches to the solution of housing problems, financing of housing and urban infrastructure, municipal management, and urban land use. IUE maintains permanent contacts with leading Russian research and educational centers, actively cooperates with major Moscow and regional banks, and is an authorized adviser for the Agency for Housing Mortgage Lending. Publications on housing reform, housing finance, rent reform, and real estate reform are available in Russian; some are available in English.
  • This website is the home page for the International Sociological Association (ISA), a non-profit association whose mission is to represent sociologists throughout the world, regardless of school of thought, scientific approaches, or ideological opinion, and to advance sociological knowledge throughout the world. To this end, ISA helps develop personal contacts among sociologists, encourages the international dissemination and exchange of information on significant developments in sociological research, and facilitates and promotes international sociological research. This site includes information on ISA activities and membership, as well as a publication section and other sociological websites of interest. This site is available in English, French, and Spanish.
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2. Technical Assistance Documents

    A. Community Development
  • The Enterprise Foundation uses corporate and private donations, tax incentives, and government grants to provide technical and financial assistance to community development corporations across the country that work to develop low-income housing. Free publications include Network News and Cost Cuts. An annual report and publications catalogue are also available.
  • The website of the Evergreen Foundation’s Common Grounds Program offers resources such as videos, reference guides, booklets, conference proceedings, and posters on ecology and environmental restoration. This site offers practical information on community naturalization and how to create diverse and educational natural sites within urban communities.
  • Fannie Mae is a private, shareholder-owned company that works to assure that mortgage money is available for people in communities all across America. Originally part of the Federal Housing Administration, today, Fannie Mae operates under a congressional charter that directs the public to channel its efforts into increasing the availability and affordability of homeownership for low-, moderate-, and middle-income Americans.
  • Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry, operates in nearly 1,400 affiliates throughout all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and is active in 51 countries. Habitat challenges people to provide the initial capital–through gifts and no-interest loans– to build or renovate simple, decent homes for persons who are inadequately sheltered. Special Habitat divisions include “Habitat for Humanity with Disabilities” and “Habitat for Homeless Humanity.” Construction is a cooperative venture between volunteers and homebuyers. Houses are sold at no profit with a 15-20 year no-interest mortgage, which is then recycled to build more houses. Habitat publishes Habitat World, a free, bi-monthly newsletter.
  • The National Home of Your Own Alliance is a technical assistance center on home ownership and control located at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability. This national center works with coalitions of housing finance and disability organizations to develop pilot projects of home ownership and control in nearly 25 states. The Alliance builds coalitions of housing and disability organizations led by individuals with disabilities, their families, friends, and advocates. Brochures, newsletters, and publications listings are available at this site.
  • The Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing provides technical assistance in all areas of housing by maintaining references and contacts with other agencies providing housing assistance. The Center is a member of the National Consortium of Housing Research Centers at universities across the country.
  • Established in 1968 in Washington, D.C., The Urban Institute is a nonprofit policy research organization whose goals are to sharpen thinking about society’s problems, improve government decisions, and increase citizens’ awareness about important public choices. Through rigorous analysis, innovative methodology, fresh thinking, and technical expertise, The Urban Institute’s research spans several disciplines and blends quantitative and qualitative approaches to problem solving. The Institute is currently involved in research projects with partners in more than 45 states and 20 countries.
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3. Government Reports and Resources

  • The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has free access to Government information. Since 1813, depository libraries have safeguarded the public’s right to know by collecting, organizing, maintaining, preserving, and assisting users with information from the Federal Government. GPO Access provides users with connections to a variety of library services from nearly 1,350 depository libraries. Services include access to online databases and specialized search pages. Direct link databases are available through the Federal Depository Library Gateways and the Federal Depository Library, among others.
  • FedWorld was established in 1992 by The National Technical Information Service (NTIS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, to serve as the online locator service for a comprehensive inventory of information disseminated by the Federal Government.
  • The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress, helps oversee federal programs and operations to assure accountability to the American people. GAO’s evaluators, auditors, lawyers, economists, public policy analysts, information technology specialists, and other multi-disciplinary professionals seek to enhance the economy, efficiency, effectiveness, and credibility of the federal government. Daily GAO reports, testimony, and Comptroller General Decisions are available to the general public through a listserv. Printed copies of GAO reports are also available.
  • The Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Policy Development and Research sponsors HUD USER, an information service that provides ready access to research information. The HUD USER Database is the only bibliographic database exclusively dedicated to housing and community development issues. It contains more than 8,000 full-abstract citations to research reports, articles, books, monographs, and data sources related to housing policy, building technology, economic development, and urban planning.
  • The Library of Congress’ mission is to make its resources available and useful to Congress and the American people, and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations.
  • The U.S. Government Printing Office keeps Americans informed about the activities of the U.S. Government by providing free or low-cost access to information published by Congress, Federal agencies, and U.S. courts.
  • HUDís Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) is a central resource for information on housing and community development needs of the Native American population. The site contains information about grants, training, regulations, and other aspects of obtaining housing assistance from HUD.
  • As the nation’s largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey works in cooperation with more than 1,200 organizations across the country to provide reliable, impartial, scientific information to the public. To provide faster service to the news media, the USGS has set up several listservs that will automatically provide users, via e-mail, the latest news releases, bulletins, and other information issued by the Office of Outreach regarding USGS activities. The listservs are organized according to the following topics: water, geologic hazards, biological, mapping, new products, and lectures. For instructions on how to join a listserv, go to the USGS Listserve page.
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