- Have some basic keywords to start search.
e.g. “Cache river”, “watershed”, “wetland”
In general, brainstorm searches.
- Identify the levels of documents that you need. Consult the list of resources organized by levels of government documents (see below) to search.
- Identify the types of documents that you need. Consult the list of resources organized by types of government documents (see below) to search.
- Search by subject headings. Develop a list of selected subject headings, broader terms, and narrower terms (See Mary Taylor’s handout)
Don’t forget to look at the subject field/note field on the individual titles’ records, index terms as a built in finding aid of a database. You can use it to search government publications guides/catalogs/databases/websites/portals/search engines by these subjects and terms.
- Search by agencies. Develop a list of involved US Federal government agencies (see below). Search their websites for related laws/rules/regulations, research projects/activities, news, grants, data, and publications, archive, blog, library, etc. You can also search government publications guides/catalogs/databases/portals/search engines by these agencies.
- Search government publications guides/catalogs/databases/websites/portals/search engines by types of wetlands.
- Illinois wetland types
- Classification of wetlands and deepwater habitats of the United States: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Report FWS/OBS-79/31, 131 p. (full text)