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Youth and Adolescence

Step 1: Locate and read two background articles 

Find the following encyclopedia article by following the path provided:

“Adolescence." International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. Ed. David L. Sills. Vol. 16. New York: Macmillan, 1968. 477-484. Gale Virtual Reference Library.

  • UA Library Homepage> Search & Find > Articles & Databases > Under Find Databases by TITLE, select G > Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • In the search box next to Keyword, type “adolescence” and then click Search
  • On the search results page, click on the first title “Adolescence” from the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences.
  • Read the article

Access one of the following two resources to search for information on cultural constructs related to youth:

  • CQ Researcher
    Use to explore current and controversial topics and get in-depth, high-quality articles. Use this activity to
  • Times Topics
    Use to find New York Times coverage by topic. Each one, from Facebook to Education. Includes breaking news, archival content, and tons of multimedia.

Step 2: Analyze Articles: 

Print the Article Analysis form. You will complete this as you read the following articles:

Access Academic Search Complete:
Go to the UA Library homepage at Click Search & Find > Articles & Databases > Academic Search Complete

Article 1

  • In the keyword search box, copy & paste this article title Does the Adolescent Brain Make Risk Taking Inevitable and click Search.
  • Click the link LinkedFull Text to read the full article.

Article 2

  • In Academic Search Complete, click Clear to begin a new search.
  • In the keyword search box copy & paste this article title: " Neuromaturation and Adolescent Risk Taking” and click Search.
  • Click the link Linked Full Text to read the full article.

Step 3: Select and evaluate websites

These tutorials will help you identify a set of criteria for assessing a web source’s credibility.

Step 4: Search for more articles

  • Complete Searching PsycINFO (tutorial) then go to PsycINFO to locate scholarly journal articles related to your topic.

  • Complete Searching LexisNexis Academic (tutorial) then go to LexisNexis to locate local, national, and international newspaper articles on your topic.

  • Complete Searching JSTOR (tutorial) then go to JSTOR to locate scholarly journal articles related to your topic.

Step 5: Use specialized databases and locate articles when you have a citation

Step 6: Cite your sources

Citation Guide


Last modified: September 30, 2014