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Journalism 201A: News Writing and Reporting (Wilson): National Background

This guide is for Instructor Wilson's Journalism 201A class. It covers finding local and national information, as well as finding information at Cuesta.

U.S. Census Bureau

Statistical Abstract of the U.S.

The Statistical Abstract of the U.S. has been published annually since 1878. It includes statistics on the social, economic, and political organization of the U.S.

Internet Sources

Google Web Search

You may be able to find valuable information on the web. Look for information from credible sources - these often end with .gov or .edu.

Note: PBS is a good source for many social issues.

Exploring Cuesta Library Search

One Search makes it easy to find books, journal and magazine articles, eBooks, videos and streaming media from a single search box, with one list of results and options for refining them.

Getting Started

  • Go to the Cuesta Library's One Search box on the Library Home Page or myCuesta (under Resources tab)
  • Type in any keyword or phrase and choose the Search icon or Enter key on your keyboard
  • For the broadest results, do not change the default search (Everything)

Primo Search
Advanced Search   |   Search Help   |   Ask a Librarian

Understanding Your Results

  • Your results are sorted by relevance to your search term(s)
  • The results list contains books, articles, and videos 
  • Each entry on your results list includes the title, author, date, and type of source
  • Items available online in their entirety say Available Online through Cuesta College

To find print books

  • Find the location, call number, and availability of the book at the end of the entry
  • Write down the call number to find it on the library shelves

To find articles

  • Click on the title of the article
  • Click on the database title under the heading "View Online"
  • Choose the PDF full text link