Child & Youth Studies

Resources and assistance for research in Child & Youth Studies



Troubleshooting Searches

Too few articles:

  • Check for typos and spelling. Consider using both American and British spellings (eg. behaviour or behavior).
  • Remove long phrases.
  • Make sure you're using a database that is likely to include information on your topic.
  • Try using other synonyms and alternate words joined by the Boolean Operator 'OR' (e.g. aboriginal or indigenous or First Nations).
  • Check your Boolean logic.  Are you using 'AND' when you should be using 'OR'?
  • If you have found at least one good article, look at the references of this article to find other related articles OR use the 'Find citing' or 'Find related' buttons when available in the databases.

Too many articles:

  • Add another concept to your searching using the Boolean operator 'AND'.
  • Add Limits (e.g. Peer Reviewed, Date of Publication, Language, Publication Type, etc.).
  • Check your Boolean logic. Are you using 'OR' when you should be using 'AND'?
  • When Keyword searching, try searching just in the Title field. This is not recommended for all searches, as you will eliminate relevant articles that don't have those keywords in the title, but it will likely find a few articles to get you started.
  • If you're searching in a database that covers all subjects (e.g. Academic Search Elite, Web of Knowledge), look for a database that is subject specific.

Use Databases to Discover Articles

On this page find links to databases that you can search to find articles on your topic, as well as links to tutorials and other help pages.

Finding articles requires planning and skills.  If you haven't already read the tutorial on Finding Articles, you should do so now.

Scholarly Databases

These databases are useful for finding articles on Child & Youth Studies topics. 
Read the descriptions to see what types of publications are covered,
and remember to limit your results to "scholarly" articles when necessary. 






Additional Databases

These databases are more broad and may contain useful articles for Social Work topics.

Canadian databases:

American / International Databases