YM 1510: Introduction to Youth Ministry
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ATLA Religion Database:
While searching for children's/youth ministry in the database will bring up results, the actual subject heading for articles in this area is "church work with youth." Use this in a subject search to pull up the best and most complete list of results!
PsycInfo and Sociological Abstracts:
Adolescent, Adolescents, Adolecence
Teen, Teens, Teenage, Teenagers
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Many databases use an asterisk for the truncation symbol.
adolescen* --- retrieves adolescent, adolescents, or adolescence
teen* -- retreives teen, teens, teenage, teenagers