Example: Oswego, IL. I recently moved to Oswego, I'd like to learn more about my community.
Use a blank word doc, google doc, or scratch piece of paper.
Cities and counties usually have a website. Start with a Google Search, Example: Oswego, IL
Village of Oswego Website: http://www.oswegoil.org/
Example: Kendall County, IL
Kendall County Website: https://www.co.kendall.il.us/
Look for webpages / sections of the website that discuss residents. Every site will be different, but usually you will find this information under About Us, History, Demographic Information or Community Profile.
Also look for information on city government, these sections will give you access to Board meeting minutes, agendas, etc.
Use your research plan to keep track of the sources you find. Here are some examples from my research:
Author, A.A. & Author B.B. (Date of publication).Title of page. Retrieved from http://www.someaddress.com/full/url
If no author is listed, start with Title of Page. Example:
Community Profile. (n.d) Retrieved from http://www.oswegoil.org/about-us/community-profile.aspx.