Using library databases is the most efficient way to search across collections of journal titles all at once. Each database helps you search a different body of literature and will yield results that help you form perspective on a topic. Note that Social Work content is cross disciplinary in nature. Your research will likely span across several subject areas. Think about the kind of content you are looking for and read database descriptions to identify relevant databases for your particular topic.
Getting to a successful result often depends on the terminology used to locate research on a particular topic. Here are some terms and phrases to consider. This list is not comprehensive in nature, but it will help you begin to think about the possibilities. Each grouping below may contain broad or narrow terms.
Homeless persons--Services for--United States.
Shelter and street homeless
people who work, but earn too little
victims of domestic violence
“throw away” kids
unemployed – those looking and those who have never worked
retired people on small incomes
young mothers on welfare
families who have lost housing
Structural or societal forces
Transitional or short-term
Episodic or intermitant
Chronic or long-term
Homelessness – policy making
Legislation and jurisprudence – united states
Critical time intervention
Service coordination and integration
Bowen Systems Theory