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Family & Consumer Sciences Research Guide: FACS 205

This research guide features resources and strategies for finding information and conducting research related to the Family and Consumer Science degree programs.

FACS 205 Development of Contemporary Families

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APA Citation Style

The Academic Success Center has an APA Quick Guide available for reference, and the Academic Writer database below provides access to APA citation samples of journal articles, books, websites, and many other resource types. Just select the Learn box after entering the Academic Writer database.

Interlibrary Loan

If the PDF or Full Text of an article is unavailable in JFL databases, you may request it through the Interlibrary Loan service.

Choosing a Topic

Browse these databases for issues and topics that are in the headlines. Read about the different sides of the issues and identify keywords to use in the research databases below.

Research Databases

Use keywords to search the databases below.

Evaluate Resources

Evaluation criteria
1. Currency: What is the copyright, publication, or posting date?   Is the information outdated?
2. Relevance: Is the source considered popular or scholarly?  Does the source answer your research question?
3. Authority: Who is the author?  Is the author credible or expert on topic?  Author's background (experience or education)?
4. Accuracy: Does the information see accurate? What kind of language,imagery, or tone is used (emotional, objective,        professional)?
5. Purpose: What is the purpose or motive of source (educational, commercial, entertainment, or promotional)?  Does the source seem biased?

Research Tips

Create a list of keywords related to your topic. Use those keywords to perform several searches in the Key Databases list. For example: