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This guide is meant to help you with resources for your Neighborhood Project. The guide is broken up into sections, including resources for each paper you'll be composing and examples of previous student papers.

Hover over the "Neighborhood Project" tab to see the dropdown menu. Click on the dropdown menu options to access resources for each paper you'll be writing. Or, scroll down to see the additional resources.

How to Do Research

We find information and do research all the time without realizing it. Doing intentional, scholarly research requires more thought than simply Googling the answer. Google is a great tool if one knows how to use it, but there are many other tools that will provide information and resources that Google does not index. Using library resources and the librarian, as well as advanced Google searching, will help you to receive more in-depth and critical information.

Reading "The Art of Creative Research" article before you begin working on your project will help you to frame your searching and the information you receive in a research context.

The below document is also a helpful way to frame your neighborhood research, providing different questions to think about, routes to take, and sources to use.

Local Resources

Many cities and towns have local libraries and museums that have more history, documentation, and interesting facts that will help to define the neighborhood and its history. Make sure to visit these places in your neighborhood to get more in-depth information that can't be found online.

Previous Neighborhood Projects

A copy of the 2012 Neighborhood Project book is available to look at in the library. Come by during our open hours and ask the librarian to see it. It is not available for check out, only in-library use.