Finding Local Information is a bibliographic research guide to finding U.S. community-specific information in the UC Berkeley libraries, the community, and on the Web, in the context of the built environment and with an emphasis on the San Francisco Bay Area and California. While of general research interest, this guide is designed to support various UC Berkeley courses, especially City Planning 110: Introduction to City Planning, City Planning 118 AC and Landscape Architecture 141 AC, and focuses on resources in the UC Berkeley libraries, local community, and on the web.
Deconstruct your topic to uncover its complexities and hidden conceptual connections, to focus your research, and to increase your search vocabulary. The more ways you have of describing and thinking about your topic, the more information you're likely to find. Another term for deconstructing a research question is 'concept mapping;' see the Rhode Island School of Design Library's excellent slide show, Concept Mapping, for a visual tutorial.
For additional ways to explore the concepts and social factors influencing your topic, see Finding Information on Buildings and Places.