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Researching Mental Health Topics

Library Research Basics

Academic Resources

Search for your topic in these scholarly article databases. 

Search Tips:

If your health issue is described in more than one word, put it in quotes. E.g. "Reactive Attachment Disorder"  or "Adverse Childhood Experiences"

Add the term "social work" (in quotes!) to your other search term to narrow down your results to more relevant articles. If you don't add "social work" to your search, you'll retrieve many articles from psychology, medicine, education and other areas that are not very relevant (and can be more challenging to read and understand).

The following journals may contain articles on your topics. Use the search boxes to search for articles on your topic within these journals. Remember to put phrases in quotation marks when searching.

Grey Literature

This short video from Western University explains what it is and why it's useful. 

This video from Royal Roads University demonstrates how to do an advanced Google search to find grey literature on the Web.

New Books in the Library

Sources for Diagnostic Descriptions

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