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Community & Human Services: Search Tools (databases)

Search Tools

Consider exploring beyond OneSearch (great for journal and newspaper articles, but not other things like ebooks, statistics and videos - see below). It searches across all disciplines, so you may get thousands of results. Explore some of the other databases listed below as well as OneSearch.

Search Tip: broad phrases, especially one such as "human services," may not always work when searching. Consider using one or more specific professions or industries within human services instead, such as counseling, "child welfare" or "social work." If I wanted to find information on dealing with stress in human service professions, I might try a variety of searches combining stress with names of specific professions. Example: stress and "social work"

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How to Start

To better understand (and write about) a research topic, and to effectively search the literature, you should first determine and define the main concepts involved. Find an encyclopedia or Wikipedia entry on that concept (this is called "background reading"). It will give you an historical context (how has the thing, theory, or technology evolved over time?, what people, laws and policies are involved?). This will also help you find the correct terminology for searching the scholarly literature. Once you have a handle on your concept(s), you'll be better equipped to search the journal, book and other literature, using the "Search Tools" section to the left.

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