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Information Resources for Planning and Geography

These pages will help you find academic information beyond the books, journals and eBooks which can be located through LibrarySearch.

Find journal articles and conference proceedings

Key databases

Database Content
ArticleSearch All subjects.  Available from within LibrarySearch, an easy way to find full text online journal articles and other high quality sources on a topic.  Sign in to get full access.
Google Scholar All subjects.  When you are on-campus, you will see links to the full text of documents where Cardiff University has a subscription.  When you are working off-campus you can set these links up. Watch our video to find out how.
GreenFile Human impact on the environment including global warming, sustainable agriculture, green building and renewable energy.
IBSS Economics, sociology, politics and anthropology.
SCOPUS All subjects.  An excellent starting point for finding information on a topic.
Web of Science All subjects.  Ensure the Web of Science tab is selected before searching.

Other useful databases

Database Content
Art & Architecture Complete As well as books, journals and magazines, this database includes an extensive image collection.
Avery Index Architecture and urban design.
European Sources Online European Union and other pan-European organisations, the countries of Europe, and issues of importance to European citizens and stakeholders.
European Spatial Planning and Research Information Database Strategic spatial planning in a European context.
RIBA British Architectural Library Catalogue Architecture, construction technology, urban design, environmental studies and planning.
Transport Research International Documentation (TRID) Transport


Find theses

Database Content
EThOS A British Library database of theses awarded by over 120 institutions across the UK.  Around a third are available for immediate download.
Proquest Dissertations and Theses References to theses from UK universities, with a small number available online in full-text.
LibrarySearch References to Cardiff University theses which are held in the libraries and stores.  For theses produced since August 2011, see ORCA.
ORCA Full text of theses produced at Cardiff University since August 2011.

Find newspaper articles

Nexis UK
Full text of UK national and regional newspapers as well as international news sources.

Find map data

Database Content
Digimap View, print and download Ordnance Survey maps and data. When you use the Digimap for the first time you will be automatically directed to a registration form. You will receive email notification when your registration has been processed. Please allow up to two working days.

The Digimap support page includes guides to using this service.
Go Geo! A geospatial data discovery tool.
Google Maps Interactive maps and satellite images which can be retrieved by place name or postcode.
Landmap Satellite images for the British Isles.  Includes the Feature Collection which provides building height and building class data for the UK in shapefile format.  Once you have entered your CU Login details, you will need to register with Landmap.
Multi-Agency Geographic Information for the Countryside (MAGIC) Online interactive mapping service which provides data on environmental schemes and designations for England.  Maps datasets can be downloaded for use with a GIS.


Find statistics and census data

DatabaseContent A searchable web site of over 9,000 datasets from UK Central Government departments, Welsh Government, local authorities, Office for National Statistics, the NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care and other public bodies.
Neighbourhood statistics Summary and detailed data for local areas by theme or area down to ward level.  Draws from 2001 and 2011 censuses as well as from other non-census sources.
StatsWales Provided by the Welsh Government, StatsWales contains Welsh statistics on a range of themes including education, health, local economy and the labour market.
UK Data Service Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the UK Data Service provides quantitative and qualitative economic and social datasets including census data from 1971-2011.  It is possible to search the site using the 'Discover' tool without registering but you will need to register to download data. Click on Register, select Login, then search for Cardiff University and enter your Cardiff University username and password. Complete the form and submit to register.
UK Data Service: Census Support A hub for a range of census data services including census boundary data (formerly known as UK Borders), INFUSE which provides aggregate census data from the 2001 and 2011 censuses, WICID which covers census flow data and census boundary data.  You will need to register on the UK Data Service: Census Support site in order to access these services.
UK Government Web Archive A searchable archive of information and data from UK Government web sites from the National Archives.
UK National Statistics Publication Hub A gateway to the latest UK and regional government statistics, including those produced by the Office for National Statistics.  Includes links to statistical data on travel and transport, population, planning and development, sustainable development, housing, agriculture and climate change.


Find standards, policy, guidance and legal information

British Standards Online Full text of most British Standards and Eurocodes.
Construction Information Service Legislation, standards and guidance on construction related topics including planning and development.
Development Control Practice Online Regularly updated service providing commentary on the factors involved in making decisions on planning applications.  It sets out those areas of planning law that are in regular use and explains how they have been interpreted.
Encyclopaedia of Planning Law and Practice Updated monthly, this details relevant Government legislation, circulars, guidance and cases.
isurv Includes the RICS practice standards, case studies and commentary on building surveying, planning, rural matters, sustainability, commercial property and valuation.
Practice Manual Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) manual of guidance for housing organisations in England, Wales and Scotland.  You need a username and password to access this service.


Browse specialist internet sites for planning and geography

Cyburbia: the urban planning portal A community for planners, academics and students.  Provides discussion forums and blogs.
Eldis Links to information on development issues.
European Local Transport Information Service (ELTIS) European transport policy and case studies.
Planning Portal The UK Government's online planning and building regulations resource for England and Wales.
RUDI (Resource for Urban Design Information) A gateway to information and best practice in urban design.  Includes the Urban Design journal.  [You need a username and password to access RUDI]
Sapling Architecture, housing, planning, regeneration, sustainability, urban design and transport.  Web sites are individually reviewed and rated, judged on the quality of both the content and the presentation.
Transport Network Provided by Surveyor Magazine, offers news, blogs and analysis on transport and highways topics.

Get help

For further information or assistance, please contact:

Ms Sarah Puzey

Position:Subject Librarian - Social Sciences / Planning and Geography
Sarah Puzey
Telephone: 029 2087 0796Extension: Cathays Campus: 70796 / Heath Park Campus: 01798 70796


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