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Human Services

A subject guide to help you find the best resources for your subject

Database Tips!!

Keywords are words that you select to search for articles on your topic. You can use "natural language" words to describe your topic

Subject Terms/Subject Headings are search terms that are assigned to a specific database and is a great way to refien your results! Remember, if you find one book or article on your topic, you can click on the subject link to do a new search on the same subject.

Suggested Databases - Our Top Picks!

Articles found using our databases are guaranteed to be scholarly peer-reviewed!!  For effective searching, please try these tips:

  • Brainstorm a variety of keywords (low-income, income level, poverty, social class)
  • To narrow your search, connect the keywords with AND (poverty AND education AND achievement)
  • To broaden your search, use OR to search for synonyms (poverty OR low-income AND education)
  • To search for a phrase use quotes ("social inequality")