This guide is designed to help you with your research for your Urban Fellows paper.
This guide is primarily focused on sources for researching topics related to the Urban Fellows program, including land use law, with some state-specific resources, and a few subtopics within the field.
Before diving into a research project, it's essential to have a strategy for how you will conduct your research. At the Law Library, we've developed a research worksheet that you can use to help organize the information you've been given and develop a plan for your research. Feel free to make copies and use it as you're given research assignments.
Need to find something on the web that has been taken down? Need to find out if something was on the web at some point? Try the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine. Using the Wayback Machine you can browse cached versions of webpages from the 1990s to today.
In addition to simply typing words into Google, there are a number of advanced search strategies you can use to narrow down your search results to just those that you need. Google Advanced has a much larger list of tips, but a few of the more useful are:
Use quotation marks
Quotation marks in Google are used not only for phrase searching, but also to turn off Google's default inclusion of synonyms.
Restrict your search to a specific site or domain
Using "site:" will restrict your search to just a specific website or a specific domain type. For example, if you're interested in looking only at .gov sites, include "site:gov" in your search. If you are interested in looking just at the GSU College of Law website, include "site:law.gsu.edu" in your search.
Restrict your search to a specific file type
Many reports and documents are posted online in PDF format, so it may be helpful to restrict your search to just those documents. You can do so by using the "filetype:" search term. To restrict to PDF documents, include "filetype:pdf" in your search. You can also restrict by other file types, like .docx or .xls.