Research is an iterative process. As you study your city this semester the types of information you will need will change.
At the start of your project give yourself time to explore the available materials. The guide will help you identify places to look for information.
Strategy One: Start with Known Items
Start your research by consulting materials on a topic that your have used in class or that have been recommended to you by your professor.
Review the footnotes and bibliography for additional books to consult.
Look the book up in the UVM Library Catalog and see what other books share the same "subject."
Strategy Two: Browsing
When you are looking for books on the shelves of the Howe Library, look at the books near the book you went to look for. Books on similar topics are shelved together and you will often find excellent materials by browsing the shelves in this way.
Strategy Three: Cast a Wide Net
Cast a wide net. Use a variety of databases as you look for resources look beyond UVM by using Interlibrary Loan.