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Welcome to the Polk State College library guide for affordable housing research topics.  Below you will find suggested books/ebooks and recommended databases. If you need help, click the link for Ask a Librarian.

Affordable Housing

"housing that is not too expensive for people of limited means"

Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Affordable. In dictionary.

Low-Income Housing 

"housing for people who have low incomes"

Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Low-income housing. In dictionary.

Searching Tips

Searching Tips

Remember to the read any guidelines for your assignment before searching and finding sources. Make sure any articles used match the criteria set by your professor.

Consider the following:

  • Does your source need to be current?
  • Do articles need to be from a peer-reviewed journal?
  • Do you have to have certain types of sources (e.g. ebooks or articles)?
  • Is there minimum or maximum number of sources you need to use?

All these questions can usually be answered by reading your assignment guidelines. If there are specifications (e.g. the articles need to be from peer-reviewed journals) it is a good idea to select those limits when searching.

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Starting Search Words

"affordable housing"

"housing affordability"

"low-income housing"

"low income housing"

To find more results, try combining these terms with OR, for example:

"affordable housing" OR "housing affordability" OR "low-income housing" OR "low income housing"

To compare the nuances between search words, try searching just one word/phrase and then another.  For example, search "affordable housing" OR "housing affordability."  Then, search "low-income housing" OR "low income housing."  How are the results different? 

Experiment with removing the quotes and/or hyphens, as well as different combinations of terms and phrases.


Recommended Databases

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