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Transportation Planning: Getting Started

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About this LibGuide

This guide is designed to provide an overview of sources to start your research into transportation planning, specific to the needs of Introduction to CEE 371, Transportation Planning and Analysis, and CEE 497, Transportation Systems Planning and Management.

Reach out to your public services librarian Rachel Cole with any questions about this guide or about your research.

Transportation Library

The Transportation Library was founded in 1958 to support the Transportation Center's curricula and research programs. Containing close to 500,000 items, the Northwestern University Transportation Library is one of the largest transportation information centers in the world, encompassing information on all transportation modalities, including air, rail, highway, pipeline, water, urban transport and logistics. It also includes a significant collection on law enforcement materials, 18th-21st century transportation companies’ annual reports and its paper collection of environmental impact statements is one of the most complete in the world.

The Library’s staff produces NuTranLit, a web-based periodical index of transportation and law enforcement articles and conference proceedings. Researchers from around the world, in the fields of transportation, law enforcement, and environmental impact assessment are encouraged to use the Transportation Library in accordance with its policies and procedures.

The Library’s collections are available to the general public Monday through Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM and it provides reference assistance via email, telephone or in-person (appointments highly encouraged).

Read more online through the Transportation Library Digital Collections.


Rachel Cole
Northwestern University
Transportation Library
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Evanston, IL 60208
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Transportation Library General Information

Reference staff are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For answers to general questions, contact our Reference Desk at 847-491-5273 or

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The Transportation Library staff is here to serve the information needs of the Northwestern University community with individual research appointments and bibliographic instruction for classes. Contact us to schedule an appointment.