One of the best ways to learn the scholarship in an area is to look at the notes and bibliographies of secondary work you're reading.
Catalyst will search across many journal and reference databases as well as our library catalog. It is a great way to start looking through published literature to find journal articles, reference sources, images, newspaper articles, and more.
This will return results for books and articles. Use the facets to the left of the results to refine your results. You can refine article results by:
type of article
year of publication
To get to the full text of an article, click the "Online Access" link
Search using just a few important words at a time for best results.
Why search a single database? Well, databases are more targeted than using Catalyst, but still allow us to search several journals at the same time. So, instead of browsing through individual journals, year by year, or sorting through many results that are not relevant, we can search a database for more targeted articles. The downside? Databases can be finicky and can require some finessing.
For your research, you may not find any articles specifically about your community within Minnesota. It will likely be necessary to think more broadly about your topic, and find ways to apply scholarship out there to your specific site.
Some other tips:
-> Start with keyword searches; Look carefully at subject tags of relevant articles/books; incorporate these into your other searches.
-> Use the limit and advanced search features if you're getting a large number of results or if the results you are getting don't make sense.
-> Search for the name of an author you know writes on this topic to find more people who write on this topic.