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Human Development and Family Sciences: Finding Resources

Research in family studies

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Library Resources

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NIU Libraries provides to more than 200 databases, both general and specialized. Explore them alphabetically or by subject below. 

Database Search Tips

Use quotation marks, like in "blended learning" for results with these words beside each other. Use a question mark to replace a letter in a word as in wom?n for results that include woman, women, and womyn. Use an asterix for different endings of a word as in academ* for results that include academic, academics, academia, academy and academies. Use N# to find words near each other. For example creation N2 thinking will include results with creative and thinking within 2 words of each other.