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Urban Public Policy Fellowship Library Research Workshop: Research Tools

Finding research articles and books, using RefWorks to organize references, and information on government and urban planning resources.

Government Information, Policy Studies, Research Data

Research Databases (ProQuest)

Other Research Databases

Data Repository Databases

Statistics and Data about the Chicago Metropolitan Area

Digital Access to City Documents

Search Tips

Enter phrases in quotes to specify specific concepts: "higher education," "urban sprawl"

Truncation/Wildcards: use the asterisk to search for alternate word endings: latin* searches for latin, latino, latina

Use filters provided by databases: after searching, you can usually refine your results to scholarly/peer-reviewed articles, narrow by date, and more

Combine search terms with Boolean operators:

  • latino AND "higher education" AND access
  • (latino OR hispanic) AND ("higher education" OR college) and (access OR programs)