This custom search tool will search only the government web sites of San Diego County (including cities, county, and SANDAG).
Use quotes to search for an exact phrase. “green buildings”
Use OR (capitalized) to search for sites that may use one word instead of another. Without the OR, the search defaults to AND and finds only sites that include both terms. buildings OR architecture
Use quotes and OR to search for either of multiple phrases. "green buildings" OR "sustainable architecture"
Add a dash (-) before a word to exclude all results that include that word; can also be used before a site to exclude results from that site. This is especially useful for words with multiple meanings, like green the color and green the environmental term. green buildings -paint | sustainability -site:wikipedia.org (this will exclude wikipedia hits) Post-class update: it looks like the dash is no longer supported for complex searches like -(fatalities OR accidents) but does still work for terms listed individually like -fatalities -accidents.
Use site: to limit your search to a specific website or domain. “public health” site:cdc.gov (this will return hits only from the CDC website) | “public health” site:.gov (this will return hits from any .gov website)
Use parentheses to combine and search for similar terms. (green OR sustainable) (buildings OR architecture)
Use filetype: to limit your search to a specific type of document. "green buildings" filetype:pdf (this will only find .pdf files; other filetype choices include html, ppt, and doc; note that you can also exclude certain filetypes by using the dash before the word filetype)
Combine two or more of these for power searching. “(green OR sustainable) (buildings OR architecture)" -“new york” (site:.gov OR site:.edu) filetype:pdf
A larger list of urban studies/planning organization websites is available on the general USP library guide.
Many libraries, museums, and other cultural institutions are continuously working to digitize texts, audio & video files, images, and other material to make them widely available via the Internet.
Because copyright law may limit the ability to digitize more "recent" material, these digital collections are especially useful for historical material. They also generally have many government publications, which are not always protected by copyright and may therefore include very recent information.