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Getting Started

1st Step: Create a research statement or question for your topic. e.g. "Does poverty affect child development?"

2nd Step: Break your research statement into search terms/keywords. e.g. poverty AND child development

3rd Step:  Find synonyms for those terms. (Not all authors use the same terminology.)

For example: 


Search Terms/Keywords



 (poverty OR poor OR low income)

  "child development"

("child development" OR "psychological development" OR "biological development" OR "cognitive development")


4th Step:  Choose the database to search. (Find Articles/Databases tab)

For this topic, you might try the following databases

  • Academic Search Complete
  • PsycInfo
  • Social Services Abstracts



Social Work Librarian

Getting Help: In-Person

If you would like to meet with me in-person you can find me at the University Library's Research & Information Desk (first floor, across from the elevators) on these dates and times (updates as they occur):

Sunday, October 30, 3:30PM-6:30PM

Thursday, November 3, 4:00PM-7:00PM
Wednesday, November 30, 4:00PM-7:00PM