Research Links for Students


There are many places where students can find more information for their student projects.

Rhodes Library Urban Studies Resources

Community Development Bibliographic Help

  • The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has information about urban issues. “It contains more than 10,000 full-abstract citations to research reports, articles, books, monographs, and data sources in housing policy, building technology, economic development, urban planning, and a host of other relevant fields.” Search the bibliographic database:
  • Knowledgeplex has useful information on housing and community development. It is a “complete source of information about affordable housing and community development. Relevant news. Timely research. Tools to collaborate with peers. Important events.”
  • National Criminal Justice References Services (NCJRS) provides resources to anyone interested in crime, victim assistance, and public safety including policymakers, practitioners, researchers, educators, community leaders, and the general public. NCJRS offers a range of services and resources, balancing the information needs of the field with the technological means to receive and access support. NCJRS offers extensive reference and referral services to help you find answers to your questions about crime and justice-related research, policy, and practice. Search Questions & Answers to access hundreds of questions related to juvenile and criminal justice, victim assistance, drug policy, and NCJRS services.”

Urban Studies Journals

There are many urban studies journals, and some of them are available in full text online through the Rhodes Library; check the Paul Barret Jr. Library web site for specifics.

  • Journal of Urban Affairs
  • Urban Affairs Review
  • Urban Geography
  • Journal of the American Planning Association
  • Housing Policy Debate
  • Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
  • Urban History
  • Urban Anthropology
  • Environment and Behavior

Students should also use journals in sociology, political science, history, and many other disciplines.

Helpful Publications in the Rhodes Library

  • Municipal Yearbook
  • Urban Affairs Annual Review (Yearly volumes available in Rhodes library HT 108 E7.)
  • Urban Affairs Abstracts

Memphis Web Sites

Memphis Web Sites for Information about Properties

  • Shelby County Assessor of Property has details such as ownership about specific properties.
  • Shelby County Register of Deeds has information about recorded legal documents about a property. It also has GIS maps of property that can be very helpful.
  • Shelby County Trustee tax lookup provides information about the payment of county property taxes.
  • City of Memphis Treasurer provides information about the payment of city taxes.
  • City of Memphis Code Enforcement can be used to file a complaint about housing code enforcement.
  • The City of Memphis Online Support Center is a way for the City of Memphis to serve you better. From potholes, abandoned vehicles, high weeds on vacant lots, and curbside trash to faulty traffic signals and derelict and abandoned homes, the new Online Support Center makes it easy to submit service requests and public sentiments online. The City of Memphis’ Online Support Center also allows you to track your service requests.”

Local Web Sites for Public Policy Information

Memphis Newspapers

  • The Commercial Appeal provides both contemporary and historical information about urban issues. The Commercial Appeal Web site works for current events.
  • For less recent Commercial Appeal articles, students can visit the Rhodes College Library web site for Newsbank articles.

Local Web Sites for Groups

Memphis Data