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Human Services

This guide provides starting points for your Human Services search.

Article databases

Article Databases

In the Human Services Program, you will often be required to use sources that come from scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. The following databases are the best starting point for finding scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles related to Human Services.

Database video tutorials

Database Searching Video Tutorials

Search terms & search tips

Search Terms & Search Tips

  • To force the search engine to look for two or more words in a particular order and with no other words in between, use the phrase search. Place the phrase in quotation marks like this: "diabetic foot"  "culturally competent nursing"
  • If you are unsure of the form of a word (or the spelling!) use an asterisk as a wild card. For example: nurs* will return nurse, nurses, nurse's, nurses', nursing. And diabet* will return results containing diabetes, diabetic, diabetics
  • Use the "Boolean operator" AND to make sure that the search engine searches for all of your words or phrases. AND directs the search engine to provide results that contain the items on both sides of the operator, for example, intubation AND emergency
  • Use the "Boolean operator" OR to look for synonymous terms. For example, if I am wondering whether there is an organization centered around caring for obese patients, I might search Google like this: "bariatric nursing" AND (association OR organization OR society).  This means I'll take any results that include the phrase bariatric nursing and any one of the other three terms.

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