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Community & Human Services: Find Evidence (info sources)

Topic Background

To better understand (and write about) any research topic, you should determine the main concept(s) involved, and then find encyclopedia entries on that concept (i.e., do some "background reading"). This will not only give you an historical context (how has the thing, theory, or technology evolved over time?, what people, laws and policies are involved?), but will also help you find the words and phrases that are essential for searching the scholarly literature. Once you have a handle on your concept(s), search the journal, book and other literature, using the OneSearch or "Specialized Search Tools" sections below.

Specialized Search Tools

Search tip: broad phrases, especially one such as "human services," may not always work when searching. Consider using one or more specific professions or industries within community or human services instead, such as counseling, "child welfare" or "social work."

Using the Library with Mobile Devices

Is the Online Library compatible with my iPad? Kindle? Droid Phone? Blackberry? Other mobile device?  

The answer depends on your device and the library resource being used.  

For information about each library database and e-book collection and how they work with mobile devices as well as information on available apps and how to read articles or e-books on your device, please visit http://www.esc.edu/library-mobile

Accessibility Note

Please note: If you need to request accommodations with content linked to on this guide, on the basis of a disability, please contact Disability Services by emailing them at Disability.Services@esc.edu.  Requests for accommodations should be submitted as early as possible to allow for sufficient planning. If you have questions, please visit the disability services website http://www.esc.edu/disabilityservices.

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