Local information can be particularly elusive in library databases! Here are some strategies to try:
Tip: You can limit to local newspapers in ProQuest (search for Deseret News and/or Salt Lake Tribune and search within those sources for super localized information).
Local statistics can be tricky to locate. Start at utah.gov (linked below).
Sometimes there's a local research group/institute at a local college or university that studies your topic/issue. You can try the following Google search strategies to limit results to specific domains, websites, or find related sites if you find an organization or site of use:
With the Google searches, it's important to remove all spaces after the colon (i.e. site:.org not site: .org) to maximize relevant results.
A librarian can help track down local information if you get stuck!
Want fewer results in OneSearch? Try this:
How it works:
The number of fields or words the database tries to match with your search terms becomes smaller and only includes fields in each item record (Title, publication name, authors, abstract, subject terms...) rather than the entire full text of each source.
These resources are great for developing a topic or getting background information!
Sometimes you need to specify how you'd like a database to search your terms. The handout below describes in more detail four different advanced searching techniques you might want to try:
Watch the video below to see these strategies in action in the library's OneSearch, or use the handouts to get more detailed steps and practice these tools.
Please contact a librarian if you have any questions or would like advice on crafting a search for your topic!