When searching for relevant articles in databases, pull out your key concepts and search using the tips in the next box.
These are some relevant keywords to get you started on your search. The subject headings are links to library resources, the keywords can be used when searching in databases or google scholar.
Keywords to use when searching in databases
"child abuse" OR "child neglect"
Relevant Subject Headings in the Library Catalog
Most databases allow the use of AND, OR and NOT to broaden or narrow and search.
- AND will narrow the search to include only records with both terms.
- OR with broaden the search to include records with either term.
- NOT will narrow the search to exclude records with one of the terms.
Truncation: You can use an * at the end of a word stem to broaden your search to include related terms. For example, to search for child, children or childhood use the search term child*
Putting quotes "" around words allows you to search for a phrase. For example, searching language development, without quotes, finds records with both the word 'language' and 'development' somewhere in the record. Searching "language development", with quotes, only find records with the phrase "language development".
Example: How does bilingualism affect language development in children?
NOTE: When you begin doing advanced searching in a new database, look for the Help or Information sections to determine how that database works, and how it may differ from other databases with which you are familiar.