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Major indexing and abstracting database covering psychology, social work, educational psychology, and related disciplines.
Social Services Abstracts
Citations and abstracts for journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations, association papers and reviews focused on social work, human services, social welfare, social policy and community development.
Citations and abstracts for journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations, association papers and reviews in sociology, social science and policy science.
APA PsycArticles is a database of full-text articles from journals published by the American Psychological Association, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association, and Hogrefe & Huber.
Index to public policy, social policy, and social science documents from journals, books, government publications and other resources.
Web of Science
Massive collection of scholarly materials covers virtually all topic areas. Content, including articles, proceedings, and more, is pulled from various collections and is cross-searchable.
Abstracts and full text of journal articles and non-journal literature (aka ERIC documents or ED documents) selected by the Educational Resources Information Center using the EBSCO interface. Future additions to the EBSCO collection may include audio and video materials.
Your Search: Finding RELEVANT Articles
First, organize your research topic into concepts. Concepts are typically nouns or noun phrases.
- For example, if you are researching behavioral therapy methods used with teenagers with ADHD, your concepts would be
- behavior therapy
Using a databases's Advanced Search, enter each concept and its synonyms into a separate search line.
- "behavior therapy"
- teen* OR adolescen*
- ADHD OR "attention deficit hyperactivity disorder"
Use quotation marks around phrases, these are typically noun phrases that you would find a definition of in a dictionary.
- "clinical psychologists"
- "extracurricular activities"
Use * for truncation.
- teen* will find teen, teens, teenager, teenagers, teenaged
Limit to peer-reviewed articles if necessary.
Limit by date if necessary.
Too many or too few results?
- Use the thesaurus or Subject Index to find related, broader, narrower, and similar terms OR specific terms that the databases uses to describe a topic.
- Too many results? Use a narrower term.
- Too few results? Use a broader term.
Find an article that looks interesting?
- Click on the article's title.
- Look at the subjects given to an article to find related terms and run additional searches using these terms.
- Click on the references, cited by, or see similar documents links to find related articles.