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Detroit: Overview

A guide with resources on Detroit, including its history, culture, and data and data visualizations.


  • Overview: key texts the Library owns related to Detroit and general information on the city
  • History: high-quality, relevant content vetted by Librarians, both subscription ("CCS credentials required") and open access
  • Culture & Visiting: freely available information on museums and art in Detroit
  • Statistics & Data Visualization: open access datasets and visualizations, primarily from government sites, on demographics and the environment/geography
  • Citation Help: when and how to cite and resources for MLA citations

Background Information

Southeast Michigan Council of Governments - SEMCOG is a go-to source for information on economic development, transportation, environment and infrastructure, among others.

Model D - This weekly online magazine, covering stories of creativity and innovation, is published on Tuesdays.

A Brief History of Detroit - An exhibit by Central Michigan University, this website is entirely textual but features an in-depth view of Detroit at various points throughout its history.

Searching for Books

Search for additional books on Detroit in the Library catalog. If you have trouble finding a book, please ask the Library staff for help.

See the GIF below (clickable) or the written directions for help accessing eBooks in the catalog.

College for Creative Studies website