There are many ways to find information - but first you will want to be able to state your goals and information directives. One point of departure may be the Social Ecology Research Guides (one corresponding to each academic department: CLS, Psychological Sciences, Urban Planning & Public Policy) or to other relevant Subject Guides. Additional guides that may be helpful may be Environmental Sciences, Education, Medicine, Sociology, News and Newspapers, Government Information (for US, CA, Orange County, or International), etc.
It is critical that you establish criteria to help evaluate the sources of information. The following criteria are helpful in doing that:
FINDING JOURNAL ARTICLES AND USING DATABASES - you may want to consider using some of the interdisciplinary and general databases identified on the Databases to Get You Started list. To determine whether you can expect full text content or if the UCI Libraries have the articles, use the UC eLinks icon, which will take you to the holdings in Library Search.
SPECIALIZED DATABASES - the following databases cover scholarly journals, but also some of them index and abstract books, book chapters, dissertations and theses, government information and occasionally include some websites. Take advantage of searching those on a common platform together when appropriate or the specialized features to make your search more refined and relevant. Selective databases that may be appropriate may include: (* all on Proquest/CSA platform & can be seached either independently or together)
SELECTIVE REFERENCE SOURCES - there are many reference sources that will assist you with background information, some basic bibliographic references and factual information. It is suggested that you use these resources to verify dates, data, information about individuals, etc. Also ask at the Langson Library Reference Desk or use any of the Ask a Librarian resources if you need additional information.
Demographic & Census Data - in order to see what the census is for various population centers or targets, consult these sources: