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CSPS 7335: Field Research Methods in Public Service

This guide will provide a starting place for those in the Field Research Methods course at the Clinton School of Public Service. Interdisciplinary resources are also included to reflect the multifaceted area of research.

Help Finding Local Public / Nonprofit Agencies

While librarians do not typically recommend using Google for research, it can be a very useful tool in locating information on local organizations. Most local organizations have a website rather than scholarly published articles. 

Conducting an Advanced Search in Google is similar to an Advanced Search in a library database. Here is how to accomplish this:


1. Type in WWW.GOOGLE.COM into your url bar at the top of the Chrome web browser.

this will enable you to see options at the bottom of the page.

2. Click on the "Settings" option at the bottom and then select "Advanced Search"


3. Type in the terms you are looking for. Directions for how to accomplish this are provided to the right of each box.

4. Nonprofits and local public organizations tend to have a .ORG domain. On this advanced search screen toward the bottom you will see "site or domain."  Type in .ORG in this box