Before you start doing research, it's important to come up with a search strategy.
Start by looking at the topic you've been assigned and create a list of information that you need to find. Look for any questions or considerations in the topic, and then identify any sources that it asks you to consult; I've highlighted these below as an example for topic 1.
Based on my own reading of the above, I believe it would be worthwhile to consult the following:
Your next step is to think about where this information would be located. The information you’d need for items 1,2, and 3 are all policies or bylaws, which are created by municipal or regional governments, so you would most likely see these on City or Regional District webpages.
Items 4 and 5 are less specific. You would need to consult a range of sources to gather this information. For number 4, you might consult older news articles or city counsel minutes. For number 5, you might look for scholarly research on food trucks, or consult industry or consumer research to make a case for changing or revising the policy.
The table below shows the information you may wish to find, depending on your topic, and matches it to a specific information source you would consult. Use the navigation menu on the left of this page for specific instructions on how to find these various formats.
|Information needed:||What you are actually searching for:|
|Specific companies, competitors, or suppliers||Company Websites, Company Reports, Annual Reports, Google Maps (for finding nearby competitors)
[Note: It's hard to find company information for privately owned companies as they do not have a legal obligation to share information. Public companies are traded on the stock exchange and therefore have formal reporting requirements.]
|Consumers||Demographics, Psychographics, Census Data|
|Country, City, Town, Regional District||Community Profile, Census Data, Country Reports|
|Regulations, Restrictions, Laws, Bylaws||Government Websites, Legislation, Standards, Policies, Authorities (such as the Vancouver Island Health Authority)|
|Industries, Products, or Services||Industry Information, Market Information, Company Websites, Industry Association Reports|
|Research & Analysis||Scholarly sources|
|Context, Commentary, Specific Events||News sources|