Answered By: Chris Clouser
Last Updated: Jan 29, 2015     Views: 28

I suspect that the problem you are having is that your search criteria is probably a bit too narrow. You have a very specific research question and there may well be nothing written specifically about that narrow topic. You may want to broaden your search to look for things in general about parenting styles and then parenting styles among counselors. Also be sure that you have checked all the relevant databases. I would suggest looking at: Psychology databases: PsycInfo PsycArticle SocINDEX Education databases: ERIC Education Full Text Education Research Complete General Academic Databases Academic Search Complete InfoTrac One File Wilson OmniFile You can find all of these databases by going to the Library Home Page ( and selecting the "All Databases" option. Then select the database you want from the alphabetic list. When searching the databases, also pay attention to the controlled vocabulary or assigned subject terms. Most of the databases use limited lists of subject terms to try to group like things together. You'll find the subjects highlighted when you look at the full record for a citation. You can also usually find an online thesaurus of subject terms (often a link at the top of the page that says "thesaurus" or "subjects") that can help you identify the best terms. For example, in the ERIC database I did a keyword search and found an artilce entitled "Modeling the Effects of Counselor-Trainees' Perceptions of Early Childhood on Trainees' Social Influence Attributes" (Family Journal, vol. 12 #1, p6-13, Jan 2004). Although I don't think it is exactly what you are looking for, some of the assigned subject headings (called descriptors) are "Counselor Training", "Graduate Students", "Parent Child Relationship" and "Parenting Styles". You might want to experiment with varous combinations of these terms in the ERIC database. Be aware though, that the vocabularly lists vary from database to database, so you'll need to check the offical list in each one. Perhaps the best advice I can give you is to actually stop in the library and meet one-on-one with one of the librarians. We show you some search techniques that may help in focusing your search. You can either stop by the Reference Desk or make an appointment with a subject specialist.

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