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Starting a search about places in the region

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Here are some links to finding aids for material about places in the Pacific Northwest, including Seattle. You can begin exploring these resources for ideas that interest you and which may lead to stories that you want to address in your projects. A librarian (or your instructor) can help you with search strategies and tips that will make your work more efficient and effective; but beginning on your own will provide you with experience and vocabulary that will make a consultation with experts more successful.

I advise you to start broadly, searching generally for material on a specific community or place (e.g. Ballard or Federal Way) and try to identify an idea, event, story, or maybe a person that interests you. Then you can begin to narrow your searching in the direction of that interest.  I have included image searching resources because an image can stimulate ideas as powerfully as a text. The first item on the list includes all varieties of materials and allows you to select manually videos, texts, audio files, etc.

If you are doing your searching from an off-campus site, you will need to log in to most of the resources listed on these pages using your UW NetID. I didn't take the time to add Google to the list because I assume you know how to find it and what you need to do when you get there. 

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Writing & Rhetoric Librarian

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John Holmes
M109 Odegaard Undergraduate Library
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3080

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