Below is the PowerPoint presentation used during the library instruction session and a blank copy of the Forming a Search Strategy worksheet.
AND - use this when ALL the words must be in your results. This will narrow your results. Example: apples AND oranges; peanut butter AND jelly
OR - use this to connect synonyms, when ANY can come back in your results. This will broaden a search. Example: women OR woman OR girl; cat OR kitty OR kitten
NOT - use with caution since this will eliminate results with the specified word.
Most of your research will likely start in the database SocIndex. This database indexes hundreds of journals in sociology and human services, as well as some in the behavioral sciences. The other databases listed may also relevant provide articles and research depending on your topic. When you are unsure of where to start, ask your librarian!
Reference sources are a good starting point to get an overview of a topic. Try these resources in our print collection (1st floor):
The encyclopedia of elder care : the comprehensive resource on geriatric and social care Ref. RC954.E53 2001
The encyclopedia of child abuse Ref. HV6626.5.C57 2001
Encyclopedia of special education Ref. LC4007.E53 2007
Encyclopedia of family health Ref. RC81.A2M336 1998
Many more reference titles are available through our online reference resource, CREDO.