Hello and welcome! This guide was created to help students in HDFS 3100: Family Policy research NY State policies. This guide contains information about helpful databases, journals, NY government websites, tutorials, and other places to obtain sources about NY State policies.
Photo of the Albany, NY capital building by Wally Gobetz
Where to Start?
If you are still looking for an issue to analyze:
If you want to begin by finding a NY State policy
When searching for a non-profit on your issue:
Database: A searchable list of records
Milne Library: Searches through a list of records kept in almost every database and the library catalog
Library Catalog: A searchable list of every physical item in Milne Library
Journal Search: A searchable list of academic journals
EBSCO, Gale, ProQuest: Companies that provide access to various databases, each with their own different set of organized information, for a fee.
A source: Anything that provides information. A source can be a person, place, event, document, or material.
Primary source: Are documents, materials, or objects that provide direct first-hand evidence or accounts of a topic.
Secondary source: Analyze, discuss, and comment upon primary sources.
Call number: Is a unique identifier for a book. It is used to organize books by subject. The call number also helps us find books on a certain subject and aids retrieval.
Stacks: the bookshelves
A periodical is any type of publication that is published in a series and periodically (hence the name). Periodicals include daily newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. A periodical is a good source for current information about specific topics or recent events.