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subject description and guidelines

  • Materials in urban studies contribute directly to the achievement of Cornell's goal to enhance the quality and cohesiveness of the social sciences, and more specifically to "the building on the strengths in the family, poverty, inequality, and economic development" as they relate to globalization and urbanization. In recent years an increasing amount of works on suburbanization are collected in order to reflect the findings of the 2000 Census, which showed that more than half of the U.S. population now lives in the suburbs.


  • Urban Studies materials are acquired to serve the general requirements of the University community. The collection provides teaching and research materials for graduate and undergraduate students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public. The Department of City and Regional Planning is still the chief target of the urban studies collections, but aspects of the collections are becoming more and more relevant to other areas, including cultural studies, government, ethnic studies, sustainable development, real estate, etc.