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These databases are either tailored to your subject or they provide coverage over a wide range of interdisciplinary topics. Before you start, you might take a look at some tips on searching databases.
- Academic Search Complete: An interdisciplinary database that provides full text for nearly 14,000 journals, including more than 10,000 peer-reviewed titles.
- Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection: Access to more than 500 scholarly journals.
- PsycArticles: More than 153,000 articles from nearly 80 journals--48 published by the American Psychological Association (APA) and 11 from allied organizations--that were published from 1894 to the present
- Points of View: Offers overviews on a variety of current events and sets of opposing viewpoints on controversial subjects
- Health Source: Consumer Edition: Access to information from more than 80 full text, consumer health magazines and is updated on a daily basis
If you can't go the library's stacks, check out our collection of online reference books:
- Credo Reference Online: Access to more than 700 reference books, including general and specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries for overviews on topics
If you can visit the library, it's easy to browse our collection because we organize books by their subject:
|SUBJECT||CALL NUMBER HEADING|
|Social History. Social Reform.||HN|
|Family. Marriage. Women.||HQ|
|Communities. Classes. Races.||HT|
|Social Pathology. Criminology.||HV|
FIND A WEBSITE: USE INTERNET RESOURCES WISELY
- Institute for Research on Poverty: Hosted by University of Wisconsin-Madison, provides overviews of issues related to poverty, links to recent studies, and news stories
- Department of Health and Human Services: Provides governmental information on specific populations, regulations and policies, statistics, and reports along with links to social service organizations
- State of OR Department of Health and Human Services: Aimed to general users, not scholars, but news, publications, policies related to human services in Oregon, along with links to local offices, providers, and agencies
- Social Psychology Network: Provides links to other websites, organized by topic, and offers headlines and news related to psychology and social services
- Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics: An online journal that presents articles related to values and ethics as they pertain to issues in social work
- Portland Research and Training Center: Offers research articles, news reports, and discussion boards on issues in mental and community health, hosted by a program at Portland State University
- National Organization for Human Services: Presents information on the organization’s activities, including sections for students, updates on events, and articles on ethics and standards
- Mental Help Net: Provides articles, topic overviews, news stories related to psychology, and podcasts from counselors
Whether you use websites, electronic journals, reference books, or print resources, you will need a bibliography. Here's some information on how to cite your sources:
- Avoid inadvertent plagiarism: It's possible to copy from a source and not even know that you've done anything wrong.
- KnightCite: This great site formats the bibliographic entry for you, and you can select the appropriate style (MLA, APA, Chicago).
- Guide to the MLA style:The MLA-style is generally used for papers written in the humanities.
- Guide for the APA style: The APA-style is generally used for papers written in the social sciences, especially psychology.
FIND MORE HELP: USE COLLEGE RESOURCES
Don't hesitate to talk to a librarian, a tutor, or your instructor when conducting research. Make the most of these resources!