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English: Local Information

This guide is designed to help students and faculty access credible resources related to the study of English

Local Information

If you are exploring a topic or issue at a local level, library databases should not be the only place you look.

For local information on your topic, consider checking the following sources/databases:

  • Newspapers
  • Government / Organizational Websites
  • Social Media, Blogs, Other

More information and links are available below.

Newspapers

Use library databases (or search newspaper websites) to find information about your topic or issue at a local level. Also consider checking the websites of local TV news and/or radio stations.

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).

Government / Organizational Websites

Starting on Utah.gov (link below) can be a good starting point for local information. Also consider looking at local city and county websites (i.e. Salt Lake County) for information from government entities. Use the tips in the "Searching Google for Websites" box to find additional websites of interest.

Social Media, Blogs, Other

Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, Instagram, blogs, neighborhood discussion boards, online review websites... all of these sources can be valuable depending on your topic, your information needs, and of course your assignment instructions! Sometimes conversations about certain issues take place in random corners of the internet or on social media. Use the tips in the "Searching Google for Websites" box for more ideas.

You can visit the popular social media sites individually and search your topic there (i.e. go to reddit.com, search for HOA or homeowner's associations, and see what conversations pop up).

Don't forget about local television news stations either! They report on local news and you can often view clips of broadcasts on their websites for free.

Searching Google for Websites

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:

  • limit results to a specific type of web domain using site: 
    • examples: site:.org ... site:.gov ... site:.edu
  • limit results to a specific website using site:
    • examples: site:utah.gov ... site:who.int
  • limit results to websites related to a specific website using related:
    • examples: related:usich.gov ... related:theroadhome.org

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.

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