TSOCW 512 Community and Organizational Practice: Home
This guide will help you with the Community Analysis assignment for TSOCW 512. Here are a few tips for before you start your research:
Define your location. Are you focusing on a neighborhood? A city? A county?
Think about the broader categories your community fits into. If you're having trouble finding a specific data point for a small area, like a neighborhood, you might be able to find more information about the city or county your community is in.
Check out the boxes below for good starting points for demographic data, local history, and some advanced search tips. See the tabs on the left for resources on local business and local news.
This assignment asks for a lot of demographic data -- that is, statistics about about a particular population or groups within it. There are lots of places where you can start looking for this information, but a particularly good starting point is Social Explorer.
Social Explorer can help you find information about the population, religion, income, crime, and health of a specific area. You can search for small or large areas -- anywhere from the entire United States to a zip code to a one mile radius around a specific address. The video above will help you get started using this database. Other options for finding demographic data are also listed below.
Social Explorer is an online research tool designed to access current and historical U.S. Census data and demographic information. Users can create, save, and export maps and reports to illustrate as well as analyze demographic data. It contains maps, profile reports, data elements, variables covering 220 years of data.
Google Advanced Search can help you find more information about your community by focusing on searches within a specific website or domain (see image below). For example, in this assignment you might want to search only within .gov websites. Use this tool to help you find local government websites, reports, and other data points.
Have you ever wondered how Sequim got its name, or why there is a town called Yelm? What about Dirtyface Peak, Frog Heaven, or Hee Haw Creek? This unique resource provides the who, what, when and why about place names throughout Washington. It’s a fascinating way to explore our state's heritage.