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Library Search & Databases
Library's Basic Search
This is a good place to start your research. Starting with a simple search for "homelessness" will retrieve numerous articles that begin to dig into causes and prevalence. As you learn more, add additional keywords and narrow your search to peer reviewed articles as appropriate!
The following databases all have slightly different focuses. If none quite meet your needs, jump over to the Databases A-Z list and sort by source for more databases.
IBISWorld This link opens in a new window
IBISWorld's industry research reports offer the latest content on every U.S. industry. Each report consists of 30 to 40 pages of key statistics and analysis on market characteristics, operating conditions, current and forecast performance, major industry participants, and more.
Nexis Uni This link opens in a new window
Provides access to news, business, and legal information. News content is pulled from major national and international news sources; business content includes profiles and news; and legal information includes cases and associated coverage.
ProQuest This link opens in a new window
Provides combined access to all ProQuest databases, covering multiple subject areas. Includes full text and content from articles, proceedings, newspapers, dissertations, and audio-visual sources.
PubMed Central This link opens in a new window
Open full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). Includes articles from participating journals and authors’ manuscripts submitted in compliance with funding agency requirements.
Social Explorer This link opens in a new window
Demographic data visualization and research site allows users to generate vector maps in formats including side-by-side, multivariable, swipe maps, street level and satellite views. Data reports and downloads are easily created and exported from current and historical (220+ years) demographic data.
Statista This link opens in a new window
Statista provides direct access to quantitative data on a wide variety of areas of interest or markets. Statistics, industry reports, company dossiers, and forecasts are some of the content available for download in multiple formats. It also offers graphical tools that allow users to manipulate data and create infographics for use in presentations and publications.
A portal to government resources. Searches across numerous .gov websites.
Web of Science This link opens in a new window
The Web of Science covers a broad range of disciplines with content dating from 1900 to the present day.
Key Industry Publications & Trade Journals
Covers a wide range of computing topics and is
produced by the Association for Computing Machinery. Online access 2003-present
Each issue is geared towards a given theme or topic relevant to current
microbiology news. Produced by the Society for General Microbiology.
How-to's, industry news, & product reviews for the design world.