I need to find articles on adoption and the affect on children
I would recommend starting with the databases PsycInfo and SocIndex in the EBSCO set. Here is a pre-made search for articles that are peer reviewed, with full text, published between 2001 and now, with ‘adoption’ in the title, and 'children' and 'effects' in the article, from those databases:
If off campus, you’ll need to log in after opening the link. You can mess around with the keywords to get different results.
If you don’t find what you need there, ProQuest is a another good resource. From the home page, http://www.iue.edu/library, click ‘ProQuest Central’ from the ‘Top Library Resources’ box in the center of the screen. Then click on the ‘social sciences’ icon on the right side of the screen, and enter a search like the one in the attached picture:
I searched for ‘adoption’ in ‘Document Title’, ‘child*’ and ‘effect or effects’ anywhere in the article, put check marks in ‘full text’ and ‘scholarly journals’, and limited to only things published from 2001 to present (the asterisk next to ‘child’ makes ProQuest search for child, children, childhood, or any other word starting with the letters c-h-i-l-d).
Basically, this is the same criteria from the EBSCO search. Again, fiddling around with the keywords will bring new results.
If you still don’t find what you want, please contact me so I can better understand your research interests.