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This assignment asks you to gather sources that provide evidence and support for the following three major elements of your paper:
(a) Describe the theory (Discuss the important elements of the theory)
(b) Include a concise biography of the theorist who developed the theory
(c) Describe important critiques or gaps in the theory or theorist
Books will be particularly useful to learn the basic elements of theories, how they were developed, and who developed them. They will also often contain biographical information on the theorist. Depending on how notorious the theorist, there may be entire books just focusing on biographical information. Try searches that combine your concepts by using the term AND in your search, like this:
Search hundreds of e-books at once for introductory information on research topics. Oxford Reference also offers detailed searchable timelines.
How to find a book in the stacks:
Critiquing Theories: Find Articles
Articles will be particularly useful in finding various critiques of your theory and theorist. You may need to try multiple databases; typically, article databases produce a lot more results than the library catalog. You can use the same strategy above to combine concepts together using the term AND, like this:
A large, online digital library of education research and information, inlcuding scholarly journals and education related documents, including reports, policy papers, dissertations, conference papers and others. Some full text is available. Provided with an EBSCO interface.
Need the PDF/full-text?
Use Article Linker to search for full-text across all databases. If the article isn't available, choose Request via ILLiad or use interlibrary loan to request a copy from another library.