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Human Development and Family Sciences: Databases / Finding Articles

Databases and Indexes for Specialized Research

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Medicine & Health


Trusted health information from the National Library of Medicine. Has information on wellness, diseases and syndromes, and other useful topics, such as understanding medical research. This database is freely available on the web.

The materials are written for consumers and clients. These materials may be useful for programs and classes.

Tests & Instruments

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Databases & Indexes

Use Databases (indexes) to find articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers.

There are several subject categories of databases that are useful for particular subject-specialized research.

Getting Started   Ethnicity, Race, & Gender
Business   Government, Policy, and Law
Education, Society, & Social Welfare

Getting Started

These databases are the most useful to most researchers doing family sciences topics:


Business articles are useful for topics involving work - family relationships, such as, starting a daycare center or employee benefits relating to families and lifestyles.

Education, Society, & Social Welfare

ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is a clearinghouse created by the U.S. Department of Education. It indexes articles in education and social science journals.

  • ERIC also includes a collection of reports, called ERIC documents (ED). Documents cover a broad range of topics, including training and development materials, studies of programs, curriculum materials, and more. These materials may be useful for programs and classes.
  • Many Documents are available full text online. For older materials, the Library has a full text collection in microfiche format.

The ERIC database is available from two library database producers: ProQuest and EBSCOhost.

Government, Policy, and Law

Subject Guide

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Rebecca Knight
Associate librarian
Reference and Instructional Services Department
Morris Library, Room 117H

Subjects: U.S. Government Information,
Delaware, census, family studies, RefWorks, APA style, and genealogy.

B.A., History. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1973.
M.S., Library Science. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1981.

From Off Campus

Most Library online resources can be accessed from off campus by current UD faculty, staff, and students. When using links on these pages, you may be prompted for your UDelNetID and password. Please report any issues you encounter while accessing Library databases, e-journals, or e-books.

Google Scholar

Search for scholarly articles, either a topic or a particular article that you need to find. Easy to search. Provides links to full articles if available free online or if the UD Library has a subscription.

Do not use as your only database.

From off-campus

Access Google Scholar from the library databases page.



RefWorks: How Can It Help You?

RefWorks is a web-based citation management system. The system can:

  • export references from databases
  • organize references
  • store articles
  • add personal notes about the references
  • share folders
  • format citations and references lists in hundreds of citation styles
  • insert properly formatted in-text citations (or footnotes) and references lists (or bibliographies or works cited lists) when using Microsoft Word or Google Docs

RefWorks After You Graduate

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