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ENGL 1302 Local Current Issues Research Guide - LSC-North Harris

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Starting Point

  1. Think about your topic and what are you trying to address. List terms that best describe your community, especially in terms of political entities.

    Your Community - General Terms Your Community - Political Entities Related Terms

    Harris County Constable Precinct 4, Aldine Independent School District, Houston City Council District B, Texas State House District 140

    Aldine-Westfield, 1960
  2. List issues or terms that may affect your local community.

     Broad Narrower 
     economy recession, unemployment, mortgage crisis
     discrimination racial discrimination, gender discrimination 

State Government

  • Who Represents Me? - Find out who represents you in the State House of Representatives, State Senate and State Board of Education.

Federal Government Information Sources

  • Census Explorer - An interactive map from the US Census Bureau.
  • Census Data Mapper - A simple interface for viewing county-level demographic maps of the United States.
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics Employmet Maps - Track employment, wages and union affiliation over time.
  • American FactFinder (video tutorial) - Searching tool for the US Census Bureau. 

    Harris County Government Sources

    City of Humble

    City of Houston

    Government Schools

    Research Databases

    Find articles from magazines, newspapers, and journals. Use your 14-digit library barcode number for off-campus access (the number is on the back of your student ID).  Don't have an ID? Get one from the library. Distance students can fill out the online request form.

     Additional Resources

    Local News Sources

    Houston Area News Sources

    Oral History Collection - LSC-NH

    Recorded oral histories from neighborhoods and communities located in and around the Houston area.  Student researchers contacted individuals in the area or a particular community, and asked them to reminisce.  The oral histories were recorded and transcribed.

  • MLA Style

    MLA 8

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    MLA 7

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