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Strategy #1: Search newspapers on your chosen social problems

To learn more about a social problem in your community, start with  local news/media  (e.g., LNP for Lancaster) and then, search national news (e.g., New York Times). A social problem like homelessness, for instance, is experienced and discussed in both local and national news outlets. To frame your chosen social problem, you will be gathering and combining information from both local and national sources. 

Strategy #2: Search for policies, laws, statistics, and government initiatives related to the social problem you chose

Search both local (e.g., city, county) and state government sites for initiatives, reports, funding priorities to learn about a political climate. Search HeinOnline for policies and laws related to your social problem. To locate prevalence of your social problem, navigate to the Statistics & Data Guide and watch the video on strategies how to gather statistics. 

Strategy #3: Research needs and solutions for your chosen social problem

Strategy #4: If you cannot find anything relevant for 20 min, ask a librarian


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