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Human Development & Family Science

Databases (search for articles)

Databases are a great tool to target (i.e. save you time) your search to find the articles you need.

Word of advice: be persistent!

Try your search in each database in multiple ways (use different terminology, limits, etc.) If you find you're not getting what you want or need, consider these tips. The databases listed below are just a few of what the library subscribes to. Considering your topic, you might find other databases more helpful. If you're still having trouble, contact me. I can help guide you in-person, through email, or over the phone. If I'm not available, ask for help in one of these other ways

Databases that are multidisciplinary and show cited searching.  *Note: some of the above databases have also begun to do this.

What does this mean? Most databases were developed to give a result based on your search query. A citation database or function will give you citations that match your search request, and will provide a link to research that cited that work, essentially showing you the impact of a particular research article on other research. You'll see this functionality now in many databases and in Google Scholar.

Databases with Relevant Focused Content:

Which means they look across a select body of literature on specific subject areas. To know what these subject areas are, click on the "i".

Population-specific Databases

These databases search literature related to certain populations. Click on the "i" to know more.