GED 558 Educational Research

Librarian: Steve Burks
Office: Library 210
Phone: 654.2410

Refworks allows you to create bibliographies, import references from online databases, and organize your references in folders. Initial sign up for an account must be done on campus.

Write-N-Cite - A tutorial for the download software that allows you to embed RefWorks citations in text and creating a reference list while using Word.

ERIC is the Educational Resources Information Center--a federally funded, nationwide network designed to provide you with ready access to education literature. The database contains more than 1.2 million records dating back to 1966.

What can you get from ERIC?
EJ Journal articles
ED ERIC documents--research papers, books, conference presentations, curriculum guides, and more.

Going beyond keyword searching--using the Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors
Find and use ERIC descriptors
Every record in ERIC is indexed with subject terms called descriptors. ERIC descriptors are listed in The Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors. The thesaurus is available online from the database. There are also print copies available in the reference section, call number: REF Z695.1.E3 T49.

Example: adolescents, social skills
Descriptors come from a controlled vocabulary that helps you find the valid subject headings for your search terms. The thesausus also presents a hierarchy of the term that permits searching various levels--broader, narrower, and related. For example:

  Scope Note Approximately 13-17 years of age
  Broader Terms Age Groups
  Related Terms Adolescent Attitudes
    Adolescent Behavior
    Adolescent Development
    Adolescent Literature
    Early Adolescents
    Early Parenthood
    High School Students+
    Late Adolescents
    Secondary School Students+
  Used For Adolescence (1966-1980)
    Teenagers (1966-1980)

My EBSCOHost is a personal account that you can use to save search results, persistent links to searches, saved searches, search alerts, journal alerts and web pages to your personal folder.

ProQuest Education Journals
Contains more than 760 education publications, including more than 600 of the titles in full text. Coverage is 1991-present.

Education Research Complete
Full text for more than 1060 education journals, including full text for more than 100 books and monographs.  Coverage includes topics in all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing. 

Off Campus Access
You can access most of the library's online resources from off campus using your MikeNet account.  Click on the database or journal you would like to use and you will be prompted for your MikeNet username and password.  You will then be able to use almost any resource on the library website for up to an hour, at which point you may be prompted to log in again.

Limiting your search (Refine Search)

  • Year
  • Audience
  • Full text

Database access

  • SMC page
  • Library
  • Databases OR Research by Subject/Education
  • ERIC

Getting to the article

  • Full text
  • Check for full text
  • Check library catalog
  • Request Interlibrary Loan--MIKENET login

Combining Search Terms--Boolean operators 

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