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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.
Major indexing and abstracting database covering psychology, social work, educational psychology, and related disciplines.
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.
Citations and abstracts for journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations, association papers and reviews in sociology, social science and policy science.
Index to public policy, social policy, and social science documents from journals, books, government publications and other resources.
Comprises more than 28 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Indexes literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health sequelae of traumatic events, without disciplinary, linguistic, or geographical limitations. Formerly known as PILOTS - Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress.
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.
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- 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.
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