Check out UNLV Library's Quick Search!
How Quick Search is similar to Google
How Quick Search is superior to Google
As you are searching the databases for scholarly articles--try a variety of keywords and synonyms. Below are a few examples for assignment #1:
**Remember to search a wide range of keywords and synonyms
What is Google Scholar?
Google Scholar searches for scholarly materials such as peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from broad areas of research. Google Scholar searches a variety of undisclosed academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web. The full text of many items is freely available online, although in some instances abstracts with links to pay-per-view document delivery services are displayed.
In addition to Quick Search, EBSCO databases, government resources, and Google Scholar, you may want to check out the following think tanks:
So--let's say your transition was this: parents divorcing when you were an adolescent
You may want to try the following keywords on Quick Search & other databases:
divorce AND adolescents
divorce AND teenagers
parents AND divorce AND effects AND children (you may also want to change children to adolescents/teenagers)
Below are some examples of scholarly, popular, government, and think tank sources:
A literature review asks: What do we know - or not know - about this particular issue/ topic/ subject?
How well you answer this question depends upon:
RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic software package that enables you to:
From APA, color-coded explanation of journal, book, and book chapter references (pdf).
From APA: Detailed instructions and examples from the 7th edition
Provides a DOI for an article citation when one is available.
Explains when to give credit to another person for their intellectual work (and how to do it correctly). Look for the "Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing" section on the left for examples of each.
Government information focusing on social work-related topics is abundant. You can also use Google to find government information. After you type in your keywords, then type in site:.gov after the keywords to limit to only government information.
Example: foster care site:.gov
Example: "child maltreatment" statistics site:.gov
Below are some general federal & state agency websites to get you started:
SAMHSA - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
US Health & Human Services--ASPE--Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning & Evaluation
SAMHSA Data & Statistics (Substance Abuse/Mental Health)