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Strategies for Finding Books
1. Start with specific titles suggested in subject encyclopedia entries.
2. Identify the Library of Congress Subject Headings for that book to identify more books on the topic.
3. If required for your assignment, make sure that the book is scholarly.
**To find eBooks, use the filters on the right to limit your results to eBooks (under "Resource Type")
Is it scholarly?
Here are some clues to look for in the catalog record when you are evaluating whether a book is scholarly or popular:
- The publisher is either a university press or an academic publisher (such as Routledge, Wiley, Blackwell, etc.).
- The description of the book includes "notes and references."
When you have the book in hand, and still aren't sure if it is scholarly, you might want to do a little more digging, perhaps with a couple of quick Google searches:
- Who is the author? What are the author's credentials or other sources of expertise?
- Does the publisher have a website? If so, what types of books does it publish and what is the process for submitting work for consideration?
Ungoverned and Out of Sight: Public Health and the Political Crisis of Homelessness in the United States by
Call Number: ebook
Publication Date: 2021
Homelessness is a public health problem. Millions of Americans experience homelessness each year, more than the number of Americans that suffer from opioid use disorders annually. Homelessness is associated with increased mortality and adverse physical and mental health outcomes. Longer durations of homelessness are associated with the higher mortality rates, severe mental illness, and substance use disorders. Nearly a decade after the Great Recession, rates of homelessness are once again increasing in the United States. In the face of this crisis, this book seeking to explain why different cities in the United States approach solutions to chronic homelessness in different ways. This research finds that homelessness policy is a highly decentralized and fragmented policy space. This often creates conflicting policy solutions, where publicly funded, evidence-based solutions are often undercut by short-term, reactionary responses, including punitive policing, that may actually promote homelessness in the long term. Overall, the limited coordination between fragmented policy interests and strong trends in decentralization of homeless policy governance contribute to reduced policy opportunities for evidence-based, publicly funded responses.