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Consumer Affairs: CAFF 228

CAFF 228: Housing in Global Perspective

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Getting Started with Global Research

Global resources will help you look at housing issues around the world. Here are some suggested library resources. In the next box will be some searching tips.

Tips for Searching

1) Decide upfront which country you are interested in; your research will be simpler. 

2) Start with the Academic Search Complete database.

3) Before choosing a specific housing issue, start broadly to get a feel for the more specific topics covered in the literature (e.g. affordability, quality, homelessness, etc.): housing AND [country]

  • Filter the results using the  LOCATION OR GEOGRAPHY filter on the left side. Some geographic filters will be by region and some by country. If you don't see your country, this tells you there may be less research on housing in that country.
  • Filter the results using the SUBJECT filter on the left. This will give you a sense of what housing topics are covered in the literature. 

4) Go to the CountryWatch database will give you some of the demographics, economics, politics, government information about your country. It is set up differently from the scholarly research databases. Here are some tips:

  • From the home page, click on Country Reviews.
  •  Select your country, using the pull-down menu on the left.
  • Use filters on the left to look at the Overview, the Political Overview, the Economic Overview, Social Overview, and Environmental Overview.

5) Go to the Global Newsstream database to find out what's been happening in the country. Again, try Housing AND [country], but you might also want to try other terms, such as homelessness, poverty, migrants, etc.

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