Youth and Children's Studies

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Primary subject databases
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Youth and Children's Studies @ EBSCOhost Selected EBSCOhost databases for youth and children's studies. View Full Description
Youth and Children's Studies @ ProQuest Selected ProQuest databases for youth and children's studies. View Full Description

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Secondary subject databases
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Education Source Scholarly research and information relating to all areas of education. View Full Description
ERIC (via ProQuest) Index with education related literature. Includes links to full text on the free version of ERIC. View Full Description
PsycINFO A comprehensive database for the field of psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines. View Full Description
Sociological Abstracts Comprehensive, international coverage of journal articles, books, papers, etc. in sociology and related disciplines. View Full Description

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Tertiary subject databases
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Communication & Mass Media Complete Includes several hundred journals. Can limit to scholarly titles. View Full Description
CPI.Q Index for Canadian academic journals and popular magazines View Full Description
Social Services Abstracts Citations and abstracts focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development. View Full Description

Laurier's online encyclopedias are a great starting point for background information on a topic. Each encyclopedia entry provides references for further reading.

  • Encyclopedia of Play: A Social History
  • Encyclopedia of Sociology
  • Sage Reference Online includes a number of individual encyclopedias that pertain to youth studies. Search for a topic across all volumes or within a specific encyclopedia. Sage encyclopedias include:
    • Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents and the Media
    • Encyclopedia of Human Development
    • Encyclopedia of Play in Today's Society
    • Encyclopedia of Applied Developmental Science
    • Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology
    • Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture
    • Encyclopedia of Juvenile Justice
  • Oxford Reference Online includes:
    • Encyclopedia of Sociology
    • Encyclopedia of Human Rights
    • Encyclopedia of Social Work

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  • Laurier's online encyclopedias can also provide background information and an overview of your topic. In addition, they will provide references for further reading.

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