Start your Search
You will want to search for your topics both in our SHU "all-search" box and in individual databases. Doing a search across all of the library's materials (print and e-books, journal and magazine articles and government information) yields a lot of information but the search itself can be difficult to refine.
Take a close look at your topics. For example, the topic "the plight of the working mother" could be more focused. Think of using the old adage from journalism, and ask yourself "who", "what", "when", "where", and "why"? Where does this woman live? The U.S.? Canada? A city? A rural area? Is she married? Single? With young children? What are some of the issues that might be important to her? If you can answer these questions you should get satisfactory results from your search.
Explore the library's resources by using the "all search" box on the right. Limit by date, format (book, article, etc.) and whether material is full text. Do the same kind of limiting in the ADVANCED search box with Boolean operators--AND, OR, and NOT--as well refining by keywords and subjects (topical tags). Each method can be helpful. Experiment with both and then go on to the next page.