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



"to legally dissolve one's marriage with: to end marriage with (one's spouse) by divorce"

"to dissolve the marriage contract between" 

Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Divorce. 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.

Starting Search Words


"divorced people" 

"divorced parents" 

"children of divorced parents" 

The words below many result in broader results: 

"break up"





"relationship dissolution" 

"relationship breakup"

To find more results: combine terms with OR, for example: divorce OR "divorced people" 

To find fewer or more pertinent results: Experiment with adding quotes to keep a phrase together. For example, searching "children of divorced parents" finds results that keep those words together. 

To compare the nuances between terminology, try searching just one term/phrase and then another, for example: How are the results different if "relationship dissolution" is searched compared to if divorce is searched? 

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


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