Answered By: Linda Kern Last Updated: Dec 12, 2016 Views: 45
Texting is the topic of a lot of research. Because you are in Education, I would start with the Education LibGuide at http://libguides.brenau.edu/education . Once there, click on the Articles tab. I would start by clicking Academic Search Complete. If it's not a long paper, you'll find more than enough sources there.
Try searching texting AND academic achievement. The "AND" is important to the search; don't leave it out. Limiting to full text scholarly journals published in the last 5 years, I had 10 results. Most are about college students, who are at the upper end of your age range. An alternative search is texting AND learning. The reason for the focus on college students is that it's easier to get permission to research college students than middle/high schoolers.
For the social lives aspect of your research, try texting AND teenagers. One research term for "social lives" is "interpersonal relations, so you can also try texting AND interpersonal relations. Last, you can change out "teenagers" for "adolescents", making the search texting AND adolescents or texting AND interpersonal relations AND adolescents.
Mix it up to see which search will bring you the best results. If you need more sources, search another of the databases listed on the guide, such as Research Library.
Good luck with your interesting topic!