Below is a list of some sample search terms and phrases that can be used to find general background information when choosing a topic. Such terms can be used on their own or combined with others to discover topics that may interest you. For example, use two phrases in an advanced search to narrow your results: mental illness AND homelessness will provide a list of articles discussing the mental illness and homelessness.
If you find far too many search results even after combining search terms, try altering and/or adding some terms. In the example above, I found over 22,272 results- but when I changed my search and added a third phrase (mental illness AND homelessness AND veterans), I narrowed my results to just under 5,000.
Subject terms allow you to find books, articles, videos, and more on your specific topic. Combined with search operators, as explained above, they help to narrow in on a topic. The following are subject terms that can guide you in your social work research:
|Aging||Maternal & Child Health|
|Child Abuse||People with Disabilities|
|Children's Services Policy||Poverty|
|Domestic Violence||Social Service|
|Grief||Social Work Education|
|Homelessness||Social Work with Minorities|
|Homeless Youth||Social Work Policy|