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Guide to Information Sources

10 Reasons to Learn This Stuff
10. This tutorial and its contents will familiarize you with the basic terms and concepts used to describe information sources.

9.  Through reading and understanding the professional literature, you will gradually acquire the jargon or language of your subject area and then be able to communicate your knowledge with seasoned pros.

8.  Your new knowledge will spare you from the frustration of being lost in Google or a sand trap of information.  

7.  The information you find will influence your approach toward your research.

6.  The success of your research often depends on how well you know the tools and resources of your field.

5.  Time is $$ in research; wasting time = wasting money.

4.  You just might increase your appreciation for your subject area and how it got to where it is.

3.  Professionals are expected to know what's going on in their field (this includes you).

2.  Your grade can be affected by what you know and can do.

1.  Your professors and advisors will think you have initiative (and may be more likely to help you with your own academic or professional goals).

Searching Census Tracts

1.  Go to:  http://www.census.gov/data/data-tools.html
2.  Click on "2010 Census Interactive Population Map" link (screenshot below):


3.  Click "Total Population":

Interactive Population Map - Total Population


4.  Enter location:  "Kearney, NE" and click "Get Started":


5.  Select "Census Tract":

Census Tract
Use the + and - at the top left of the page to zoom in or out of your location.  From this point you can play around by clicking the different options to get different information. 

For example:
      A.  Click "Ethnicity" and then click the census tract.  It will indicate how much of the population is Hispanic/Latino or not:

               

      B.  Click "Race" - this will break it down into more specific races:

                

      C.  Click "Age" - this will break it down by sex and age population:

                 Age

      D.  Click "Household" - this breaks it down by housing and housing with minors:

                

To get more detailed information on smaller sections, select "Census Block Group" or "Census Block" to focus on a specific area.

Google Earth

Google Earth is a planetary exploration tool that lets you take a virtual trip to anywhere in the world, with tons of photos, information, and other types of interactive displays you can explore. Whether you have a particular destination in mind, or you just want to poke around and see what it's like to live in different areas, this app (both desktop and mobile) has tons to offer.

Tutorials - I highly recommend the tutorials.  For instance, if you want a street view, there is a tutorial for this.