|SUBJECT: Researching Local
Keywords to use when searching
databases and print indexes:
The Cuesta College pamphlet files are a historical clipping file for local issues and are a great place to research or browse for ideas. The headings can also be useful for identifying search terms. In eLibrary, click power search, location pamphlet file, or see the tile list here:
- NewsBank: The Cuesta College Library has an online subscription to the NewsBank, database, which provides full-text coverage of the San Luis Obispo Tribune.
Searching the Web
Google news searches can be customized by publication and location and include not only our local print and online publications, but also local issues covered in the national press.
Start at Google news: http://news.google.com
click advanced news search:
with all of the words: development
only articles about a local area: San Luis Obispo, CA
with all of the words: Cuesta College
News source Return
only articles from the news source named :
San Luis Obispo Tribune
Local Organizations are a great place to find experts on local issues.
They can help with topics, find information, and lead you to other
San Luis Obispo Library Local History Room, located at
the Downtown Branch of the San Luis Obispo City/County Library:
The Local History Room is dedicated to the history of San Luis
Obispo County. While the books and microfilm generally span the late
1800’s up to the present, the clipping files are primarily 1960’s to
the present. The room can be accessed during regular library hours.
Appointments can be made ahead to get one-on-one help during regular
hours at 781-5989.
San Luis Obispo County Law Library
The San Luis Obispo County Law Library provides current legal
materials that meet the legal research and information needs of
patrons in San Luis Obispo County. It is useful for past legal
decisions affecting today’s local issues
San Luis Obispo County Historical Museum
The Public Research Room is located in the lower level of the
Historical Museum and is available Wednesday thru Friday from 10 am
to 4 pm, or by appointment depending on the availability of our
volunteer docents. Collections include early county newspapers,
photos and historic correspondence.
Paso Robles Pioneer Museum:
South County Historical Society
Books from the Cuesta College Library
Cuesta college holds some books on local issues as well as publications from city agencies about planning (e.g. Diablo Canyon). Also use the Cuesta collection to research background on local issues.
- From the Library's home page http://library.cuesta.edu under
Find a Book, select
and type a keyword in the Search field.
- Online books (eBooks) are also accessed from
The eBook call number is ONLINE and says Internet (for location) in
the right hand column. Access eBooks by selecting the URL for the
book. If you are asked for a password when accessing ebooks off
campus, use your myCuesta username and login.
Books from other libraries
Periodicals (Journals, Magazines, Newspapers) in online
- Cuesta subscribes to the following online databases:
EBSCOhost, SIRS, and
National Newspaper Index. From the Library home
page http://library.cuesta.edu, under
Find an Article select the periodical type you
want, or choose to look at the entire list of databases. From home,
use your myCuesta ID and PIN to log in.
Other Cuesta Library Resources
Go to Additional Links and Resources
under English 201A Workbook to find links to many
If you need help the Reference Librarian will be happy to assist
Library Hours, Reference/Information Desk: 546-3157.