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Provides full-text (HTML text, not PDF) of the 'Los Angeles Times' newspaper. Searchable by keyword, subject, author, and other means. Provides a Topic Guide of subjects, and has a Search Alert service. No images (charts, graphs, photos) are included.
Access to the Orange County Register via the California Custom News Collection (Newsbank). This link is to all the formats that are available in Newsbank.
Statistics From the Internet
Please read the information below to learn how you can construct a search of government Web sites in Google for information on your research topic.
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You can search for government Web sites in Google by typing: site:.gov [skipping a space and then entering your search term(s)]
To search education Web sites, please type: site:.edu [skipping a space and then entering your search term(s)]
For a search of organization Web sites, please type: site:.org [skipping a space and then entering your search term(s)]
If needed, please try searches using different keywords, as well as placing your keywords in a different order. Also, if you are searching for a specific phrase, you may wish to place quotation marks around the phrase in order to find the phrase words together.
The following sample searches are for statistics related to childhood obesity from government Web sites. Please remember the option to search organization and education Web sites as well.
In addition, please remember to use different search terms and to try different searches as needed in order to find helpful information for your assignment. In cases where the statistics are not recent, please note the source providing the statistics and search for the Web site of that source (e.g., a government agency) so that you may continue your research on that Web site for more recent data.
When you arrive at the new page, please locate and click on "Human Services" from the list of subjects in the "Databases by Subject" section.
After clicking on the "Human Services" link, you will see the recommended list of HUSR databases appear on the left-hand side. If you would like to obtain additional information on a specific database, please click on the "More information" link found under each database entry.
Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT)
Boolean operators help you connect your search terms and build relationships.
AND - Communicates that you are interested in finding information covering all search terms that are connected by this Boolean operator. It also helps to narrow results.
OR - May be used within a search box to connect the search terms you are interested in exploring. This Boolean operator also helps to increase the possibility of obtaining more results.
NOT - Placed before a search term that represents a topic or concept you are not interested in exploring. This Boolean operator, in effect, is one way to filter out unwanted results.
This search strategy helps you find results that include the same root, or stem, of a word.
A common symbol is the asterisk (*).
For exampe, the use of employ* in a search box would look for results containing words such as employment, employer(s), and employee(s).
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