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CIV220/282 Metabolism of Cities

This site compiles links to tools and resources you can use to gather research and information to support your ideas for a more efficient urban metabolism.

Your Assignment: The Metabolism of Cities

Your task is to study the metabolism of a city by summarizing and assessing how it is influenced by engineered infrastructure and by critiquing the urban metabolism concept. This site will help you find research/evidence to support your ideas and arguments.

Why Do I Need Library Resources?!?

  • library resources and other academic resources will help you provide evidence for your argument
  • some online sources, such as Wikipedia and web sites, are a great place to start looking for background information, but you don't want to stop there
  • examples of good evidence are resources like scholarly journal articles, and academic books - many of which you can find using the library's web site

Not all the resources you need will be available online or in the library, so make sure before you use a resource for you project, you evaluate it to determine whether or not it is appropriate to use.

If you need help, ask me!

Kate Johnson, Instructional & Liaison Librarian 


phone 416-978-7681

Library website: Engineering & Computer Science Library

The Search Process


Research Tips and Tricks

Need facts and background information?  Look in websites, textbooks, dictionaries or handbooks (see the 'books/handbooks' tab for more info)

Need more specific information?  Try article databases (see the 'journal articles' tab for more info)

Need help citing?  Try the 'writing and citing' tab.