YM 4980 Leadership and Management for Youth Ministry (Seversen)

Finding Research Articles

Article Databases

Database Search Tips

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, ERIC, and Sociological Abstracts: 

Use Truncation 

Adolescent, Adolescents, Adolecence
Teen, Teens, Teenage,  Teenagers

How do you search library databases for all those variations?  By using truncation!  By placing a truncation symbol at the end of a root word, you can search a database for all the variations of that word.

Many databases use an asterisk for the truncation symbol.

adolescen*  --- retrieves 
adolescent, adolescents, or adolescence
teen* -- retreives teen, teens, teenage, teenagers

[Page borrowed from Marielle McNeal]


Getting Full-Text Articles

The Brandel Library can often provide a link directly to the PDF of the article you need. After searching a library database, links with the phrase "Full Text" should all resolve to the PDF of the article.

Some of the time, however, the library won't have access to the full text of the article. In those cases, you will need to use the "Request via WorldShare Interlibrary Loan" link to request the article. The WorldShare Interlibrary Loan service is free to students and most articles arrive within 4 days.