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Human Development and Family Studies

A research guide for Human Development and Family Studies.

Libraries' Online Catalog

The Libraries Home Page is your link to all the resources the Libraries purchase including databases, books, e-books, e-journals. It is also how you can access and get more information about Libraries' services such as Interlibrary Loan, Ask a Librarian, and other helpful library guides.

Setting up Google Scholar to Link to Purdue Resources

You can set up Google Scholar to help access Purdue University Library materials from off-campus.

Tricks of the Trade: Key word searching

Would you like to know 4 quick tricks that work in most databases for key word searching? Find out how by viewing and listening to this 10 minute tutorial, which covers:

  1. phrase searching
  2. truncation (word stem searching)
  3. Boolean logic (combining key words with AND and OR)
  4. Nesting (grouping ideas)

Tutorials on Literature Reviews: How to find and do them.

Do you need to find review articles or do a lit review? 

These tutorials explain the differences between review articles and research articles and give a quick example of how to find literature reviews using different databases.


Are you looking for an electronic version of a COE dissertation? This TWO MINUTE TIP shows how to use Dissertations & Theses database to find Purdue's full-text dissertations.

The Purdue Libraries also archives these dissertations at Purdue e-pubs.  You can search e-pubs by year and author's name. 

Education Source Tutorials

Education Source is a subscription database which indexes more journals than ERIC or Education Full Text databases.  It is an enlargement of Education Full Text, so searching both databases normally would not increase the number of articles found.  

Education Source:

  • indexes about 2,850 journals
  • has full text from 1,800 journals (adding 366 currently published journals to Purdue's collection)
  • indexes 550 books and monographs, education-related conference papers,

ERIC from EBSCO tutorial

Short, four minute demonstration of an ERIC database search. 

Tutorial Using ERIC

Journal Citation Reports and "Impact Factor"