Power Lines and Water Pipes: writing the global city through infrastructure
Resource guide for PWR 1: Power Lines and Water Pipes. While infrastructures are often considered to be the mere "background" of socio-cultural life in cities, this course centers on them and their rhetorical contexts in order to explore how opportunity and inequality are imagined and discussed in urban spaces.
1. Use Backgorund and Reference Sources to jumpstart your research, to get ideas, define terms, discover context, and more.
2. Find Books, Journal Titles and Media in Stanford's Online Catalog, SearchWorks.
3. Find Articles in Selected Databases. Note: Stanford subscribes to over 2000 Databases that index articles and books on various topics. Since there are so many databases we recommend starting with the smaller select subset of databases which will give you access to articles in a wide variety of subject areas.
4. Ask your librarian for help!
Subject Search Terms
Here is a selected list of subject search terms which may be useful when looking for books and journals in the SearchWorks online catalog. Many of them will also work in database searching.
Space (Architecture) > Social aspects
Cities and towns in literature
Technology > Social aspects
Cities and towns > Effect of technological innovations on
Cities and towns > Cross-cultural studies
Use these sources to help you pick a topic and to provide context to your research based argument.
What is news? What is "fake news"? How can I tell the difference? This section has links to subscription news sources of various types, but remember any news source can be biased and some can be fooled or "fake". If you only find the story from one source, especially with no author or publication credit, be skeptical. Major events will usually be covered in several sources by multiple authors.