Child & Youth Studies

Resources and assistance for research in Child & Youth Studies

Research Reports

Research reports are generally written and published by organizations.  They might be made freely available by the organization on its website, or they might sell print copies (or access to online versions) to libraries.

Don't confuse these reports with research articles published in journals.  Reports are more like a book, often hundreds of pages long.

There's no single best place to search for these, but there are three good options: the Library Catalogue a database, and the web (Google).

Recognizing Research Reports

In the Library Catalogue, it's not always easy to determine what's a research report, as opposed to a book.  Look for these as hints that it's a report:

  • the title is long and descriptive
    • often including a word such as "report", "analysis", "review", "project", "study", "data"
  • the author and/or publisher is an organization rather than a person - usually a non-profit organization
  • if it's prepared by a government group (and it's in hard-copy), it's likely shelved in our Government Publications section of the Library

Sample Reports

These are some examples of reports you can find in the Library Catalogue.  Many more are available. 

To find them, use a keyword search for your topic, then look through the results; they're not identified as reports in the Library Catalogue, so you can't limit to reports. Use the criteria above to recognize reports.

Databases Containing Reports

The Canadian Documents Collection includes thousands of research reports from Canadian organizations.  The majority of these are also listed in the Library Catalogue, with direct links to the database, but you can search the database directly.

Websites

Many organizations provide access to their research reports via their website. 

  • A website search engine (like Google) is quite effective at finding these.
  • If you search for an organization that is prominent in the area you're studying, you can search their website for research reports or publications.