Use databases to find material in the University of Auckland Library’s collection of books, journals, theses, television programmes and conference proceedings.
Create a search strategy
- Analyse your research question or assignment topic. Restate it in your own words if that helps you to understand it.
- Identify the keywords which represent the main ideas or concepts in your question or topic.
- Think of synonyms and related terms for the main concepts. Use a concept map or table, as below.
- Formulate your search by selecting a word from each column (or different concept).
- Try searching various combinations of the keywords/synonyms, eg, urban sustainability, environmental city planning.
My concepts are:
Searching multidisciplinary resources
Be aware that you may need to add qualifying words to a central concept when using a multidisciplinary resource to avoid getting irrelevant results.
If you do retrieve such results when using planning as a search term, add keywords which describe what you are looking for more clearly:
- "city planning"
Note: this is a phrase search using speech marks " "
- "urban planning"
- "regional planning"
Two referencing styles commonly used in the School of Architecture and Planning are APA 6th and Chicago 16th using footnotes.
- Use Quick©ite to see examples of how to reference using these styles.
Print manuals of both styles are also available in the Architecture and Planning Library Reference Collection:
- Publication manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition
- Chicago manual of style, 16th edition
Please be aware of the copyright implications of using images from other sources such as websites, databases, books or journals in your work.
Student work made available on the internet, eg, the digital version of a MUrbPlan thesis is considered to be published.
The following information should be included when citing an image:
- The name of the creator of the image.
- The title of the image.
- The owner of the image, eg, library, museum, estate, individual, photographer, publisher.
- The material or medium of the image, eg, digital, photograph, sketch.
- The source of the image, eg, website, database, book. If the source is a website or database, include the date you accessed it.
Devitt, Simon. The north-west façade of the first Merwood House in 2011. Photograph. In: Julia Gatley, Athfield Architects (Auckland, N.Z.: Auckland University Press, 2012), 22.
Access a range of tools and support material to assist your referencing work.
Use this interactive tool to view examples of references.
Covers a range of styles used at the University of Auckland.