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Urban Design and Planning Research Guide

For students in urban planning and urban design classes at Parsons and Milano.

Google Advanced Search

Use Google Advanced Search to perform targeted searches of the Internet.

Use the appropriate boxes, or construct your search on the basic search page like this:

cross dressing history site:org
‚Äčdress code  site:mil
school uniforms site:edu


Domain Types

com - commercial
edu - educational
gov - government
int - international organization
mil - military
net - community network
org - nonprofit organization

Use the appropriate boxes, or construct your search on the basic search page like this:

garment factories site:in

List of Country Codes

Evaluating Internet Information

  • Who is the author or publisher? (Go to "About" link on websites)

  • What is the mission of the website? Who is the intended audience?

  • Is there bias or opinion? (Much information on the internet is produced by businesses, agencies, organizations or individuals with a certain agenda.)

  • When was the information last updated? (Check for the "Last updated date" at the bottom of the webpage)

  • Check the domain: ".edu" and ".org" domains are non-commercial.  (They may still be biased, however!)

Websites as Primary Sources

When a website is not reliable as an objective academic source that considers various viewpoints (a secondary source), it may be valuable to you as a primary source ("raw material") that you can then analyze.

This is where the internet really shines! You can get primary sources such as corporate reports and activists' manifestos from around the world (that would have been hard or impossible to obtain only 20 years ago).

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides access to scholarly articles and conference papers, many of them available online as PDF files.

If you're logged in to your MyNewSchool account and search Google Scholar, you'll be able to access journal articles through library databases (such as JSTOR).

NOTE: Do not pay to get the full text of any article. If you can't find the full text, please Ask Us for help.