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Human Ecology: A Guide to Research

Research Support

Find research sources with a library search

This page offers ideas for how and where to search for research sources in the Milne Library. Scroll down to find databases full of articles and search tips that are tailored to your subject.

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Contact the library's Reference Desk to help find a source, or set up a consultation with a Reference & Instruction Librarian for an hour-long research session. For more information, visit the Get Library Help page. 

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Library Search Tips

Search Tips for Databases

Databases are searchable online catalogs for research materials like scholarly journals and articles, books, primary source materials (such as letters, maps, datasets, or photographs), and video and audio materials. Milne Library's databases are all listed at A-Z Databases

Use "advanced" search functions in databases

For best results, use Advanced Search options. To find scholarly articles, try combining a few keywords about the topic such as fashion AND sustainable or nutrition AND cholesterol AND United States. 

Filter your search results

Look for "filter" options in your search results that let you choose a publication date range, for example. If you are looking for a certain kind of research material -- like a full-text article, a book, or an audio file -- you can often filter for type, too. 

Databases for Human Development and Family Studies

Specialized subject databases sometimes contain articles not found in Search Everything or General Databases.

Databases for Fashion

Specialized subject databases sometimes contain articles not found in Search Everything or General Databases.

Databases for Dietetics and Nutrition

Find eBooks

Open Access Online Books

There are many open access book collections available freely on the internet. Here are a few great collections:

Milne Library eBook Collections

There are two ways to find eBooks from the library's collections. One method is to search in the Milne Library catalog. Navigate to the library homepage and click on 'Advanced Search.' Then enter your search terms.

  • If you wish to find online books, limit the search scope to 'Online Access' and change the 'Material Type' to 'Books'.

The second method is to search each Milne Library's eBook databases (in case something in a database is not showing up in our catalog). All eBook databases are available in the A-Z Database list, and here are some best bets: