Make a short list of place names that represent your hometown or place of importance. This may include the name of the place itself, name of its municipality, county, or district in which it is located, name of the state or equivalent in which it resides, or a region or country name.
Make a short list of search terms representing your subject area of interest. Some examples may include history, environmental history, climate, geology, fauna, flora, infrastructure, transportation, land use and planning, industry, agriculture, housing, etc.
Conduct your search making use of the list of names along with search terms representing your subject area of focus. Some examples may include: Jackson Wyoming environmental history; Cook County Illinois housing; Doha Qatar transportation; Madagascar fisheries, etc.
Place these search terms in the horizontal bar toward the top of the GW LAI's webpage to search the GW & our Consortium libraries full catalog for scholarly and non-scholarly sources.
Find additional resources by searching the Subjects Databases. Some relevant areas for your research may include Geography, Environmental Studies, Sociology, International Relations, Datasets and Statistics, Historical and Retrospective, and Newspapers and News Sources. Note: These resources must be searched separately as not all will be findable thru the horizontal search bar on the library's homepage.
Search database resources and LAI's collections separately as not all will be findable thru the horizontal search bar on the library's homepage
Use operators AND, OR, & NOT to search multiple concepts/terms that should appear together in search results. ex. South Carolina AND fauna
On Results pages, use the filters on the left or right to refine or limit your search results to sources related to your hometown or place of importance