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Homelessness in America

Get started with your research on homelessness in America

Key Search Terms

Useful Keywords

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

  • homelessness
  • homeless persons
  • poverty
  • homeless women
  • homeless youth
  • homeless families
  • homeless children

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

Top Picks:

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.

Create Research Questions to Focus Your Topic

Homelessness is a complex issue caused by a variety of factors including economic factors, family relationships, mental illness, lack of affordable housing, drug abuse, and alcoholism. You could concentrate on one issue and do in-depth research on that or use several of the questions below to focus more generally on the topic of homelessness.

  • Is homelessness a serious problem in America?
  • Who are the homeless?
  • What special challenges do the homeless face?
  • What factors lead to homelessness?
  • What are the economic consequences to society of homelessness?
  • What laws exist to control homelessness?
  • Does the government have a responsibility to fight homelessness?
  • Are privatized solutions to homelessness feasible?
  • Can homelessness ever be ended?
  • What steps can be taken to fight homelessness?
  • Based on what I have learned from my research what do I think about the issue of homelessness in America?

Using & Finding Books

Why Use Books:

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

Where Do I Find Books?

You'll use the library catalog to search for books, ebooks, articles, and more.


What if MJC Doesn't Have What I Need?

Unfortunately, during the COVID-19 emergency, we are unable to process requests for materials from other libraries. We'll have this service up and running again as soon as campus opens and we're fully operational.

If you need materials (books, articles, recordings, videos, etc.) that you cannot find in the MJC Library catalog, use our interlibrary loan service.

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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.

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Use Google Scholar to search for academic information on the Web.

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Cite Your Sources

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Click on a citation style below to learn how to cite your sources and format your paper using that style.