Another option is to search individual databases. Databases may be multi-disciplinary, covering many topics, or they may be subject specific, covering only one topic.
Start with these keywords and keyword phrases. Once you find an article or two that works for you, look at the keywords or subject terms that are used in that article and run another search using those.
|homelessness||homeless persons||homeless shelters||housing policy|
|runaway youth||veterans||children||mental health|
|public welfare||runaway youth||street children||homeless estimates|
Does your assignment require that one or more of your sources come from peer-reviewed journals? The chart below explains the difference between scholarly/peer-reviewed sources and sources that come from the popular press (those typically found in a bookstore or newsstand).
|Written by:||Researchers -- experts such as scientists, physicians, historians. Most are employed by colleges and universities but not all.||Staff writers, journalists, bloggers. Authors of articles may not always be identified.|
|Audience:||Other experts in the same discipline. Articles are a way of sharing knowledge among peers. While college students read a lot of peer-reviewed articles, they are actually written to communicate with other other researchers!||General readers. These sources can be found on a newsstand or in a bookstore.|
|Vocabulary/Language||Serious, formal, dense. Uses specialized terminology of the profession.||No special language. Easy to read.|
|Quality control:||Peer-reviewed. This means other researchers within the same discipline have reviewed the article for quality.||Edited by publisher.|
|Purpose:||To communicate research findings and results of studies.||News. Entertainment.|
|Appearance/Design:||Little to no advertising. Charts & graphs. No illustrations or photos. Mostly text.||Glossy, attractive design. Advertising.|
|Length of article:||Long. 10 pages or more is typical.||Short. Feature articles may be longer.|
|Publication frequency:||Typically infrequent. Monthly or quarterly publication is common.||Daily, weekly, monthly. Varies by publication.|
|Cost:||Expensive. Often found in libraries & library databases.||Inexpensive, affordable.|
|Format:||Often includes descriptive title, abstract, literature reviews, methodologies, results & conclusions. Each discipline has its own standards for communicating research but all articles include a list of references. All research is based on prior research.||No special format. Typically does not list references although there are some exceptions.|
New England Journal of Medicine.
Journal of Health, Population & Nutrition.
Nicotine & Tobacco Research.
The New York Times