You'll be doing original research for your topic in the local setting. The library can help you find resources about the issues in general, local news coverage, or help you discover a methodology by reviewing other people's research.
There are number of search strategies and tips that will help you create more effective searches:
Using AND retrieves results with all of the words included and will narrow your search:
Ex. recreation AND environment
Using OR retrieves results with any of the words included and will expand your search:
Ex. mapping OR GIS
Using quotation marks will create a phrase search for those exact words in that order:
"geographic information systems"
Using an asterisk (*) will expand a search to retrieve all forms of a root word:
environment* - searches for environment, environmental, environmentally, environmentalist, etc.
Using parentheses () will group words together to show the order in which AND/OR operators should be applied:
(mapping OR GIS) AND (trails OR greenways)
Try using these strategies as you search for articles in the following library resources:
- Academic Search Complete
Includes articles on a wide range of topics and in a variety publications. Use your search strategies to find articles on your topic.
- America's News
Includes The State and other SC newspapers. Use Shortcuts on the left to search just SC papers.
- Social Sciences Full Text
Another option to search for articles in the Social Sciences
Only those journals to which USC-Columbia subscribes are available full text. Strongest coverage in the sciences, but includes some business, humanities and social science journals.
Articles in this database focus on the relationship between human beings and the environment.
- Hospitality and Tourism Complete
For topics that relate to tourism or the restaurant industry, in particular
- Web of Science
Includes citations to articles in Geography and other Social Sciences