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AIS 3001-4099: Applied Interdisciplinary Studies

Starting point for Bachelor of Technical & Applied Studies (BTAS) Program research assignments.

Welcome: AIS 4070 Public and Non-Profit Administration

On this page (plus other pages on guide), you'll find helpful Library resources to support the NPO Infographic project. This includes videos, worksheets, and strategies to guide your team through the process of researching how to create a non-profit organization. Note: always check with your professor for project details.

Using This Course Page:
It's best to follow these steps in order. You can also browse the pages from the navigation, as needed.

  • Research Topic page for Mapping Your Research Ideas video and Keyword Map worksheet
  • Find Sources page for Summon: Beyond the Basics video
  • AIS 4070 course page for Search Strategies, ebooks, and Databases
  • Cite Sources page for MLA or APA resources

Start Search & Strategies

Use your team's Keyword Map worksheet to start searching Summon (Find Sources page or Articles search box on UC Libraries website) to find articles and more.

UC Libraries have access to industry and market report databases like IBISWorld and Plunkett Research Online that may be helpful. Find these databases plus others on this page.


  • Find potential key concepts and keywords in various sources (e.g. non-profit organization's website, marketing materials, strategic plan)
  • Consider broad and narrow key concepts and keywords​​​​​​, especially when searching for specific types of sources (e.g. scholarly journal articles)
  • Examples: nonprofits, not-for-profits, philanthropy, donations, grants, foundations, endowments, social causes, fund raising, charitable, foundations, corporate giving, social responsibility, charities, management, administration, mission statements, strategic planning
Additional Help:
Refer to the subpages on guide for a refresher on: Scholarly Journal Articles (characteristics and strategies for reading) and Types of Sources (how information is created). 


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