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Graduate Level Research in Education: A Guide: Articles & Databases
This is a common question, and like so many research questions, the answer is messy. Here are some things to think about as you make these decisions:
What databases do I use?
Below are the top databases most used by educators. There is some overlap among journals (e.g., the journal Teacher Education is in multiple databases). Consider the focus of your topic; who writes about these issues? Educators? Psychologists? Medical professionals? You don't need to search all 250+ databases that we own. In general, I recommend at least trying Education Source, ERIC, PsycInfo and Google Scholar
When can I stop searching?
It depends. Are you finding new and useful resources? Or are you finding yourself coming upon the same research you have already found? If it's the latter, you have probably flung your research net wide enough.
Below is a list of the major databases in education. You will be prompted to enter your A# and password if you access these databases off campus. There are a number of different ways to retrieve full text of the article. I've posted a few guides to the left to help you, but please contact me if you need more help!
You can search through doctoral dissertations and some Master's theses from most North American graduate schools and many European universities. Includes titles and abstracts from 1980 forward. Full-text is available 1997 - present.
This database is a government site that collects much of the major research performed in education. It can be a tricky database to navigate. View the DES search guide in the left column of this guide for more tips on how to successfully search this sit or ask me for help.
PsycINFO is the premier database in the field of Psychology, offering citations and abstracts to peer-reviewed articles from 2,000 journals, book chapters, books and dissertations, and it is updated weekly.
Descriptions and reviews of tests of educational skills, personality, vocational aptitude, psychology, etc. Includes reliability-validity info. Limit: 4 simultaneous users -- Print copy in the BARN (request in library catalog) -- REF LB 3051 .B87
Google Scholar is a new kind of Google. Google Scholar enables you to limit your search to scholarly articles and conference proceedings.
Tip: If you set up your search preferences within Google Scholar, a link will appear beside citations for which the USU library has an electronic subscription, enabling you to quickly access the full-text.
The following link will help you locate articles that you find using the databases.
*We have a new policy where grad students and faculty can request that BARN materials be scanned and emailed to them - EVEN if you live in Logan! Just request those items through interlibrary services.