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Starting Your Community Research

Researching local and community issues may be challenging. Just because you know of a local issue, that does not mean that there is scholarly research readily available on it. You will likely have to use local newspapers or other local periodicals (Chicago Tribune, Northwest Herald, etc.), or interviews, etc. for specifics on recent and very local topics.

For more scholarly sources, consider researching the broader topic (and your sub-points/arguments) for background and other examples of your topic in different communities. How has the problem been managed elsewhere? What causes and effects have been researched? What pieces of that can be applied to the local situation? Once you have a understanding of the larger topic you can apply that research back to the local issue, developing conclusions and suggestions based on the research you have found.

As always leave yourself plenty of time for research and be sure to seek the assistance of a reference librarian if you need more help!

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Reference eBooks

These databases consist of reference eBooks, which are useful for background information on your topic.

Articles & More

The databases below are good for finding articles on your topic.  Other databases may be useful for your topic as well, depending on the topic!  For example, research on local organic farming may begin with a look at articles in local newspapers with Newspaper Source.