1- Signature assignment using empirical research:
Conduct research on an aspect of the physical or cognitive domain of adolescent development.
Select an article[s] from database search results that reports on an empirical study.
Read the article & respond to it followin instructions on handout
Cite article using APA format
2- Field Experience Research
Locate & cite peer-reviewed scholarly articles [do not have to be empirical studies]
Articles should relate to field experience
Cite your sources using APA format. The Citation Styles Library Guide provides guidelines and examples of APA.
ReWorks is a citation management software program available to all students. It allows you to export citations from databases into folders for storing & organizing. It also formats citations using APA.
For assistance in using RefWorks consult the RefWorks tab in the Citation Styles Library Guide or the RefWorks Library Guide.
Education Full Text
(6/1983+) Covers education topics such as critical thinking, teaching methods, curriculum, comparative education, literacy standards, multicultural education, psychology, special education, counseling, teacher/parent relations, vocational education, etc.
ERIC (via Proquest)
(1966+) Premier U.S. database of education literature. Sponsored by the US Department of Education. Includes journal (EJ) and ERIC Document (ED) citations with abstracts; full text of ERIC Documents from 1993 to present.
(1887+ ) A comprehensive index of psychological literature from the 1800s to the present. Indexes more than 2,150 journals (98% are peer-reviewed) as well as relevant books and dissertations.
To formulate an effective search strategy, follow these steps:
Decide on your topic & state it as completely as possible
Ex: What instructional methods work best with high school social studies students?
Identify the most important concepts or ideas in the statement, usually 3-5 ideas or concepts
Ex: high school students, instructional methods, social studies
Brainstorm several synonyms or keywords related to each concept or idea; arrange in groups
Ex: high school students, secondary school students, adolescents
instructional strategies, teaching methods, teaching strategies
social studies, social sciences, history, government
Combine search terms, both keywords and subjects, with Boolean connectors [e.g. AND, OR]
AND is used to combine different concepts [teaching strategies AND high school students]; narrows and focuses search results
Keyword vs. Subject searching
Keyword word searches generally retrieves more results because the keyword is searched everywhere in the database. Good approach when search a new idea or program.
Subject searches generally are more focused and thus retrieve fewer results because the search is restricted to subject field in each item record. ERIC has a Thesaurus listing the subjects used in this database