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Community Assessment Research


  • U.S. Census Bureau Data
    • Use the basic search bar to search for a type of data set and place.  Search for a specific town or city to see its Profile.
  • Census QuickFacts
    • Search by city, town, or zip code to see quick statistics about population, demographics, education, and more.
  • American Community Survey
    • Search for a place in the Data Profiles and Narrative Profiles.

Library Database

Google Search

Google Search

Use the limiter site: to filter for websites that end in a specific domain.


  •  returns sites that end with .gov
  •  returns sites that end with .edu
  •  returns sites that end with .org

screenshot of a Google search for the words " social work advocacy"

Finding Local News

Local Newspapers

Newspaper Databases

Database Search Tips

  • Try searching the name of your chosen town or city along with any relevant keywords to see if there are newspaper articles about the topic.
    • Example: "education Aurora Illinois"  
  • Use the Publication Date filter on the left-hand side of the results page to see the most recent articles.

Social Work Database Best Bets

For a full list of Library databases, visit A-Z Databases.




Library Information

Information & Research Help

630-844-5437 (phone)

630-844-3848 (fax)

630-796-7615 (text)

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Phillips Library

347 S. Gladstone Ave.

Aurora, Illinois


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