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Prof. Baskerville - SOC101 Introduction to Sociology- Annotated Bibliography: Search Strategy

Find your Keywords

When searching for sources, use your keywords, do not type in whole sentences. The list of topics are still very broad and can be narrowed down further.

Foster Care, Foster Children, Foster Families, Legal Guardianship, Child Removal, Child Welfare, Adoption, Child Welfare System

There is no one 'correct' search word to use. Different keywords will give you more results. Think of words that mean the same or something similar as your topic and try those words too.  E.g. Poverty, Disparities, Income Inequality, Socio-economic status, etc.

*To help focus your results, add a term such as 'United States' or other geographic limiter.


You may need to broaden or narrow  your search terms depending on your results :


Broader Search:  Gender instead of Women

Narrower Search: Racism instead of Discrimination


Use the asterisk * to truncate words and widen your search. Discriminat* will search for Discriminate, Discrimination and Discriminating

Use quotation marks to keep phrases together: e.g. "Food Deserts" "Food Insecurity"


e.g. search  Foster Children AND Aging-Out

Child Removal AND Racism

Foster Care AND Children AND Outcomes

Try your search terms in different combinations to get the greatest number of results.


Find more Keywords

Browse through the articles you find to look for additional keywords to search. Make a note of any organizations, events or legislation that may be useful too.

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