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Education: Find Journal Articles

Education-related resources from articles to stats

Article Databases

Scholarly & Professional Articles

Academic and Trade Journals. Find the most up-to-date information and research in a given field or industry. These journal articles can include literature reviews, research summaries and analysis, and theoretical discussions.

Peer-Reviewed Articles. Academic journals often use the peer-review process to vet articles for publication. Field experts evaluate scholarly articles for accuracy, research methods, and interpretations of data. 

To find a peer-reviewed article while searching databases, limit the results only to peer-reviewed publications by choosing search options like "Scholarly" or "Peer Reviewed". 

Another method for locating peer-reviewed articles is to use Ulrich's Periodicals Directory, an authoritative source for information about periodicals. First, search for the journal title. Then, look for the referee jersey icon referee jersey icon to see whether or not the journal is peer reviewed.    

Search Strategies

Keywords:

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 "new teachers and professional support":

A chart of three columns showing synonyms or related terms for New Teachers AND School Support AND Special Need Students. Synonyms for new teachers: first-year teachers, beginning teachers, novice teachers, teachers orientation. Synonyms for school support: school, high school, secondary school, school district support. Synonyms for special needs students: students with disabilities, special education, inclusive education, special needs children.

"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.

 

Thesaurus:

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. 

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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." 

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