Introduction to Research
Research & Writing Guides
There are no required books for the class. However, the following classics are recommended. They can either be purchased or accessed at the library reserves.
New Resources: "Cities and Towns"
These titles have "cities and towns" as a subject term and were added in the last week. Click the "View Website" link to filter for items added within different time frames.
New Resources: "Immigrants" & "Immigration"
These titles have "immigrants" OR "immigration" as search terms and were added in the last week. Click the "View Website" link to filter for items added within different time frames.
New Resources: "Urban"
These titles have "urban" as a subject term and were added in the last week. Click the "View Website" link to filter for items added within different time frames.
Save time searching!
Use Google's Advanced Search to limit by date, language and more
Use Operators in Google Searches
Some favorite operators to remember:
Use quotes to search for a phrase in Google
Exclude a word by adding a dash (-) before it
Search for similar words by adding a tilde (~) before a word (located in the top left of your keyboard)
Limit to specific sites or domains using "site:"
For example: [urban policy site:edu]
will search for urban policy only on sites ending with .edu
General search tips:
Choose effective keywords- what words are likely to appear in the results your want? What other words might be used?
To search for text on a page:
press the Ctrl and the F keys at the same time (PC) or press the command and F keys at the same time (Mac)
Interdisciplinary Article Databases
Selected Resources & Article Databases
Article searching tips
When searching the preceding databases, use these tips for better results:
- Use wildcard characters: If searching for economic conditions, type the word econ* with an asterisk. That will return economies, economic, economist and any other word that starts with [e c o n].
- Use quotes: When searching for two words, quotes will search for the words when they're next to each other. Thomas Jefferson will return articles with Thomas Payne and Jefferson Starship. But when "Thomas Jefferson" is searched, only those articles with his name will be returned.