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Phi Theta Kappa Honors in Action

A research guide for the Honors in Action project completed by members of Phi Theta Kappa.


Research question: How does the high cost of childcare prohibit parents from pursuing an education or career? What can be done to lessen the burden?

(Based on Honors Study Topic To the Seventh Generation: Inheritance and Legacy)

  • To target government websites (for statistics or government-funded studies), add to your Google search. 
  • Try the Directory of Open Access Journals for peer-reviewed articles freely available online:
  • If RVCC does not have access to full text of a needed article, use Interlibrary Loan to get it. Ask Janelle or another librarian if you need help.
  • Search the Internet, use Wikipedia, or utilize one of the library's Research Starter databases to learn more about your topic and look for synonyms and related terms to use in your searches.
  • Other keywords to try/combine to create complex searches (presented in alphabetical order, not ranked by usefulness):
"After school" "Government funded"
Babysitter Income
Caretaker Nanny
"Child care" Preschool
Childcare Pre-kindergarten
Cost Price
"Day care" "Socioeconomic status"
Daycare Subsidized
"Early childhood education" Wealth
Fee "Working parents"

Recommended databases:

(Some of these may provide scholarly articles while others offer reference articles or popular sources. If you are not sure what kind of source you found, please ask Janelle or another librarian!)