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Urban Planning 281: Introduction to History of Built Environment in US

Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian

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Michelle Brasseur
Young Research Library, Level A

COVID-19: Library Information, Resources, & Print Access


As part of UCLA's transition to remote instruction, and the Library's necessary decision to close all Library locations, access to print resources and special collections is not available. Please take advantage of electronic resources such as ebooks and article databases. The UCLA community can connect to these online resources off-campus via the VPN or proxy server. Interlibrary loan is still available for electronic journal articles; however, ebooks cannot be borrowed on interlibrary loan. You can also temporarily access digitized print books via HathiTrust, although you cannot download or print these books--only do screenshots.

The library is also extending access to our print collection beyond what's available in HathiTrust through the Pilot Emergency Temporary Digititzation on Request Service (PETDOR). Please review the PETDOR FAQ for guidance on using this service. 

For help with any of our resources, please schedule an appointment with a librarian (audio/video Zoom appointments available), contact your subject librarian directly, or use our 24/7 chat service.    


General Plans

Many general plans for Los Angeles, as well as other cities and counties, can be found in the Library catalog. Also check the city and county websites as many of the most current versions are posted there. 

Primary Sources at UCLA


Newspaper articles can be a valuable resource when researching the history of a particular neighborhood. Search for key events, people, buildings, or other issues that may have shaped the neighborhood.