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FYS: Roots and Regions (Bigelow): Get Started

Research tips and resources for "Best City" assignment


Indy downtown skyline

Skyline of Indianapolis (photo in Public Domain)

Get Started

Welcome to the LibGuide for First Year Seminar (FYS)--Roots and Regions:  Cultural Regionalism in American Life.    The information linked on this guide will help with research for your third major paper and speech. 

Listed below are the types of sources you should review for the basis of your paper and speech: 

  • History and other academic books
  • Academic (scholarly) articles
  • Films & Television Shows

Search for Information

Make things easier on yourself.  Before you start your research, set up free accounts to request and save information from libraries worldwide.  Be sure to check for free accounts in databases too.

Go to these sites to find statistics on a city's population, income, households, businesses, and more.

Find books, articles, media, and more at Butler and beyond

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  • Key subject terms:  small cities, suburbs, cities and towns, city and town life, community life, rural-urban migration, neighborhoods, metropolitan areas, urban renewal.   Also try combining state and city names and key terms such as economy, culture, politics, etc.
  • Try the Advanced Search option, and search by by Subject for more focused results. ex:  su:cities and town
  • You can look for books worldwide and get them from another library using free interlibrary loan. If you need information right away, limit the results to "Butler University Libraries."
  • Use the Format option to limit results to Books or another type of source


  • Use the "Advanced Search" option in databases to help you combine keywords.
  • Databases will assign "subject terms" to articles.  If you find a great article, use the subject terms listed with the article as leads.  Example:  "cities and towns" is a helpful subject term phrase for your research.
  • Use the database's thesaurus and list of publications to identify key search terms and publications on your topic.
  • Timesaver:  Use database tools to refine or narrow your search results by date, by subject, by publication, etc. The limiter tools are often found in the left column of the search results page. 


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