USA.gov (for state and federal government sites)
Example searches: homelessness AND statistics
[type in the name of a government department] such as Health & Human Services, U.S. Census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Child Welfare Information Gateway, Department of Education, and so on.
Contact a State of Idaho government agency directly to ask about statistics
for national associations or organizations
Examples: endhomelessness.org--> Resources --> Data & Graphics
Finding Peer Reviewed Articles in Library Databases
Go to the "Start Here!" tab on this guide to find recommended databases in which to search.
Creating a Search in a Library Database
Boolean Connectors: Use AND, OR, NOT to connect your keywords.
Example: homelessness AND children
Use an Asterisk at the end of part of a word to find multiple endings of the word or the plural of the word.
Example: behavior* will find behavior, behaviors, behavioral
Use Quotes around two or more words that you want to search together.
Example: “sexual abuse”
Sample Searches combining the asterisk and quotes:
teen* AND “homelessness”
(youth OR teen* OR “young adult*”) AND “homelessness”
Limiting to Peer Reviewed Articles in a Library Database
You can limit to peer reviewed articles, or scholarly articles, in the Ebsco and ProQuest databases after you search in the left menu. Alternatively, you can sometimes limit to peer reviewed articles on the initial search screen.
Find It button
If you don't see a link to the full text article in a library database, you can select the blue and white FIND IT button to possibly link to the full text article in another database or on a publisher's website. If the article is not available online, you will have the option to do an interlibrary loan (ILL) request for the article which takes 1-3 weekdays.
If you need research assistance, please contact the Social Work librarian Elaine Watson via email at email@example.com. She is happy to schedule a time to meet with you in person on campus at a scheduled time via Zoom.