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Educational Leadership: Find Journal Articles


Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar is a great way to view the impact of research. Click on the link "cited by" to find what other researchers have used a particular article or book. You can also 


Search Strategies


When looking in databases for articles, it's a good idea to come up with a list of keywords first and continue to write new ones down throughout your research. Here is an example of keywords I came up with for "effective practices for distance learning in higher education":

"Choose Databases":

The option to choose databases is very helpful when you want to search in more than one subject database at a time. 

Image Shows how to get to the "Choose Databases" which is above the search boxes on the main page of an initial database you are searching. In this example it is ERIC.

Once you have selected "Choose Databases," you can check any database that you would also like to search. (This can be especially helpful when you are covering intersectional topics, but is also helpful to make sure you are covering your topic completely.) Here is what the list of databases will look like: 

Image of databases using the "Choose Databases" option, including how you can check the boxes to include an additional database in your search.



This is a great tool when you want to make sure you are using the right search terms. You can find it on the top of your toolbar in a database, like ERIC. 


Once you click on "Thesaurus," you can use the search box in the middle of the page to find subject headings used in a particular database. Here is an example of searching "online learning." This particular database suggests "electronic learning."