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.
Includes the full text of peer-reviewed journals published by SAGE and participating societies.
LearnTechLib [formerly EdITLib Digital Library]
Valuable resource of peer-reviewed and published international journal articles and conference papers on the latest research, developments, and applications related to all aspects of Educational Technology and E-Learning.
Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
(1973+) Indexes literature on the nature & use of language. Covers linguistics (nature & structure of human speech); language (speech sounds, sentence & word structure, meaning, spelling, phonetics); and speech, language, & hearing pathology.
PsycINFO (via Proquest)
(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 you 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
OR is used to combine keywords/synonyms describing the same concept [high school students OR secondary school students]; broadens the 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
Use the attached worksheet to help create a search strategy.