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English 101 (College Writing) Research Guide: Mira Foote Problem Solution Essay

Problem Solution: Recommended databases

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More Problem/Solution topic ideas

Intimate partner and domestic violence

Tip: If you're looking at non-professional football (K-12, college), you might also try ProQuest Education Journals (below).

  • Intimate partner violence
  • Domestic violence
  • Victims of family violence
  • Social services
  • Violence against women

Tip: Add another search term to focus results, such as a specific population or a specific solution. For example:

  • Elderly
  • Healthy relationship education
  • Bystander training
  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)


Search terms to try:

  • Homeless persons
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • Unhoused
  • Housing
  • Social services
  • Public housing
  • Homeless shelters or temporary shelters
  • Mental illness

Tip: Search for two terms at once (such as homeless and public housing) to focus your results. You can also search for how homelessness affects a specific population, for example:

  • LGBTQ youth
  • Elderly or older people
  • Veterans
  • Adolescents or youth
  • Homelessness and disability

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Problem/Solution Topic ideas

Stereotyping and racism

Tip: if you type the topic as: stereotyp* with the asterisk, you will get results about stereotype, stereotypes, stereotyping, and stereotypical.

  • Racial profiling
  • Gender stereotypes
  • Discrimination
  • Prejudice
  • Implicit bias
  • Representation in media

Tip: Think of a particular population (Black people, immigrants, veterans) that you can use as a second search term.

Climate change / Endangered species

In addition to the terms climate change and endangered species, here are some search terms to try:

  • Global warming
  • Deforestation
  • Endangered, vulnerable, or threatened (these are classifications for how at-risk an animal is of extinction)
  • Conservation (see also: Conservation and Protection, Wildlife Conservation, or Nature Conservation)

Tip: Try a specific endangered animal (such as a spotted owl) and measurements of species health, like:

  • Population size
  • Habitat loss or habitat destruction
  • Recovery (process for stopping or reversing the decline of an endangered species)

Tip: Consider specific consequences of global climate change as one way to narrow your focus. For example:

  • Forest fires
  • Droughts
  • Coastal storms
  • Flooding

Child labor

Tip: "Child labor" is a good search to start with. Here's some ways you could narrow your search:

  • A particular industry, such as fashion/garment industry, coffee, mining
  • A particular country
  • If you don't have a country in mind yet, use "child labor" and international

Other terms and industries to consider:

  • working children
  • forced labor
  • children's rights
  • cobalt mining
  • garment industry (also, "fast fashion")
  • pornography

Solutions you could explore:

  • Awareness-raising (documentaries, photojournalism, etc.)
  • Consumer boycotts
  • Trade unions
  • International regulation
  • Child labor laws
  • Access to education

A few interesting articles to consider: