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Library of Congress Classifications

To study community development, you need to look at three perspectives, 1. Physical (civil engineering, architecture, construction science and urban planning), 2. Economics (business and public administration), and 3. Social (social work, history, and political science). Here are relevant subjects of community development’s classification:

H Social Sciences (general)
HB Economic theory, Demography
HC Economic history and conditions
HD Industries. Land use. Labor.
HJ Public finance.
HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform.
HT Communities. Classes. Races.
JA Political science (general).
JJ Political Institutions and public administration (North America)
NA Architecture
TA Engineering (general). Civil engineering.
TH Building Construction

Useful books

Community Development As a Process HN17.5.C65

  • Community Development Around the World HN49.C6C635 1996
  • Community Development Theory HN49.C6C6945 1985
  • Community Development: theory and method of planned change
  • Land Development TD163.L36 1981
  • Land Development Calculations HD1390.H67 2001
  • Fund-raising: a comprehensive handbook HV41.B457 1977
  • Fund-raising Fundamentals HG177.G763 1994
  • The fund-raising handbook HG177.K75 1993
  • Historic preservation handbook NA105.I78 2003

Selected Reference Books

Historic preservation law Ref. KF4310.Z9H57 1981

  • Funding sources for community and economic development: a guide to current sources for local programs and projects Ref HN49.C6F863 2003
  • Encyclopedia of developing regional communities with communication technology Ref HN49.C6E545 2006
  • The developers’ dictionary and handbook Ref HD1393.5C64
  • The complete guide to getting a grant: how to turn your ideas into dollars Ref HV41.9U5B58 1996
  • Guide to winning proposals Ref HV41.9U5F67 2003
  • Guide to grant seeking on the web Ref HV41.2.F68 2003

Community Tool Box ( website provides hundred of links (click “connect with others”, you will see “links to other online resources”). This site has been developing (ongoing) by the work group for community health and development department at the University of Kansas. The tool box provides over 7,000 pages of practical information to support your work in promoting community health and development.

Community Development Society (

Home page of the organization which provides promotions for community leadership and development: if you join the membership (must pay), you will receive conference and publication information, job posting, and listserve.

Census ( source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data

National Association of Counties (

National League of Cities (

United States House of Representatives (

The White House (


  • Community action (Don Mills)
  • Community development (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Community development journal
  • Community practitioner: the journal of the Community Practitioners’ & Health Visitors’ Association
  • Community review
  • Urban design International
  • Urban policy & research
  • International Journal of Urban & Regional Research


Periodical Journals/Magazines
All are available in the periodical room (1st floor)

  • Journal of Community Practice
  • Environmental Education
  • Journal of Environmental Engineering
  • Journal of Environmental Quality
  • Journal of Health and Social Policy
  • Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • Journal of Public Management & Societies & Culture
  • Journal of Urban Planning & Development
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Land Economics
  • Landscape Journal
  • Professional Builder
  • Public Administration Review
  • RIBA Journal
  • Rural Conditions and Trends

Useful Web-site

US Department of Housing & Urban Development (
Website from the US Department of Housing, full of important information for community development

Center for Rural Affairs (
This is the home-page of the Center for Rural Affairs “was established in 1973 as a nonprofit by rural Nebraskans and had since grown to a nationally recognized policy analysis and advocacy organization focused on the upper Midwest and Great Plains. In recent years our national grassroots base has grown to nearly 30,000 individuals including people in all 50 states” (home “about us”). A lot of useful information including free monthly newsletter.