ENGL 102: Research: Researching Local Issues

Guide for students and instructors of English 102 on how to use the library and find resources


This page contains information about conducting research on local issues as well as links to citation information, KU Libraries' "Ask a Librarian" instant messenger, and KU Libraries' locations and hours. 

Researching Local Issues

  • Search America’s Newspapers for articles in regional newspapers.
    • To find regional newspapers for Kansas, on the left side of the page, under Search Shortcuts, choose Local Papers.
    • Choose a specific newspaper or search all of the regional newspapers simultaneously.
    • To find an exact match for your search terms, put them in quotes if there is more than one word you want searched together.
      • For example: “south Lawrence traffic way” or “University of Kansas”
    • Choose to have your results sorted by most recent matches first, or oldest matches first.
    • Other options are available to narrow your search including timeframe or specific date.
    • View the full-text article by clicking on the highlighted title.
  • Search Lawrence Journal-World for recent local newspaper articles. The Lawrence Journal World also has links to video clips from 6 News Lawrence. 
    • In the search box on the top, right hand of the screen, type in keywords.
      • For example: Lawrence public library expansion
    • Choose advanced search criteria to narrow your search or scroll down to see your results.
    • The most recent results will appear first. Use the highlighted link “order by relevance” to find the best matches first.
    • View the full-text article by clicking on the highlighted title.
    • At the end of many articles, you will find a Blog with reader’s comments about the issue being addressed in the article. 
  • Search The University Daily Kansan for recent articles written by and about KU students and events.
    • There is limited access to UDK articles from the Web site. It is easiest to find recent news from this site.
    • Choose Archives from the top of screen under the header.
    • Using the search box, type in keyword terms
      • For example: “noise ordinance”
    • If necessary, choose options to limit your search.
    • Click on the highlighted title to view the full-text article.
  • Other resources for Lawrence community information include

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