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Human Trafficking

A brief research guide for students researching human trafficking worldwide

Key Search Words

Use the words below to search for useful information in books including eBooks and articles.

  • human trafficking
  • human trafficking-prevention
  • forced labor
  • labor
  • sex trafficking
  • child soldiers
  • child labor
  • organ trafficking
  • transplantation of organs, tissues, etc. - moral and ethical aspects

Start Learning About Your Topic

Background Reading:

It's important to begin your research learning something about your subject; in fact, you won't be able to create a focused, manageable thesis unless you already know something about your topic.

This step is important so that you will:

  • Begin building your core knowledge about your topic
  • Be able to put your topic in context
  • Create research questions that drive your search for information
  • Create a list of search terms that will help you find relevant information
  • Know if the information you’re finding is relevant and useful

If you're working from off campus, you'll need to sign in. Once you click on the name of a database, simply enter your student ID (without the W) and your six-digit birth date.

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All of these resources are free for MJC students, faculty, & staff. 

Create Research Questions to Focus Your Topic

You can focus your research on one type of human trafficking, like child labor or sex trafficking, or research the concept more broadly. Choose the questions below that you find most interesting or appropriate for your assignment.

  • How prevalent is human trafficking?
  • What are the different types of human trafficking?
  • What are the root causes of human trafficking?
  • Are diplomatic solutions to human trafficking enough to affect change?
  • What is the impact of human trafficking in the United States?
  • What impact has The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 had?
  • Based on what I have learned from my research, what do I think about the issue of human trafficking?

Find Books @ MJC

Why You Use Books:

Use books to read broad overviews and detailed discussions of your topic. 

Where Do I Find Books?

 

Use WorldCat to discover books, eBooks, videos, and more for your research. Use the search bar below to begin your search:

  


To access eBooks if you're off campus, you'll need to log in using your MJC student ID (without the W) and your six-digit birth date.

For complete instructions on using WorldCat check out our WorldCat research guide.

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Find articles in library databases

All of these resources are free for MJC students, faculty, & staff.

If you're working from off campus, you'll need to sign in. Once you click on the name of a database, simply enter your student ID (without the W) and your six-digit birth date.

Videos on Human Trafficking

Find videos and documentaries about human trafficking in Films on Demand and Kanopy.  These film resources are free for MJC students, faculty, & staff. If you're working from off campus, you'll need to sign in, using your student ID (without the W) and your six-digit birth date.

Type human trafficking in the search box to access videos on this topic.

Human Trafficking on the Web

Search Google Scholar to find academic information on the Web:

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Cite Your Sources

Your instructor should tell you which citation style he or she wants you to use. Click on the appropriate link below to learn how to format your paper and cite your sources according to a particular style.