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ENWR 1510 Charlottesville Research Resources

Research resources for students looking for information about and history of Charlottesville.

Looking for research resources specific to the University of Virginia? See the ENWR 1510 UVA Research Resources companion guide. 

Preparing for Research

In preparation for your research project, you will need to think about some possible questions to start your research about Charlottesville. You will also want to spend some time thinking about how you will conduct your research. 

  • Fine-tune your searches.
    Think broadly when brainstorming search terms. What synonyms or related terms could stand in for your key search terms?
    You can combine search terms using AND (Charlottesville AND race) and OR: (park OR "recreation area") AND (Fifeville OR Charlottesville) 
    In many databases, the asterisk (*) is a truncation or "wildcard" symbol  that will match all possible endings for a word stem. For example, enslave* will match with enslave, enslaved, enslavement, etc. 
    Most databases have filters or facets that allow you to narrow your results by subject, date range, etc. Limit your searches to help you find the sources you need. 

     
  • Think about where you might find the type of information you are seeking.​
    Will you find the research you need in an book? An article? A newspaper? A letter, manuscript, or records in Special Collections or UVA Archives? An interview? Cast a wide net when looking for the types of resources that could help answer your research questions or support an argument you are thinking of making.

     
  • Know the difference between academic and non-academic sources, and when it's appropriate to use them.
    Most databases allow you to limit results to academic/scholarly/peer-reviewed sources. Be mindful of your assignment and what you're being asked to provide. Need a refresher? Watch the short video Peer Review in 3 Minutes.

     
  • When you find a good source, use it to find other good sources. 
    Use the subject terms and keywords associated with an item to find other items on similar topics. Scholarly books and articles will have works cited, bibliographies, or footnotes you can mine for additional resources. 

Need help? Contact Sherri or Ask a librarian.  

Digital Collections - Oral Histories, Exhibits, Sites

These are just a handful of Charlottesville-related online resources that may be of interest. See the Local Planning Research: Charlottesville guide and Charlottesville and Albemarle Local Resources guide for many other sites for information and research. 

Demographics and Statistics