GED 558 Educational Research

Librarian: Kristen Hindes
Office: Library 205
Phone: 654.2590

Librarian Steve Burks
Office: Lib 211
Phone" 654.2354

APA Style  (from Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) A quick guide to citing resources based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. (Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2009).

Zotero is a popular citation manager.  It allows you to save research results from a plug-in to your browser.  You can create bibliographies and works cited lists in a variety of styles.  Zotero can also be downloaded to your Word program to allow seamless integration of citations into your papers.

Dissertations & Theses Global Includes selected full text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997.
[SMC Theses can be searched in the Library Catalog - Search Call No. hd30.12.s3? ]

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.

Scopus  - Evaluates research topics

Education Reference: Encyclopedias, etc
Credo Reference | Gale Virtual Reference

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

ERIC is the Educational Resources Information Center--a federally funded, nationwide network designed to provide you with ready access to education literature.

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)

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

Education Source
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. Coverage is 1929-present.


Google Scholar
From Settings, add Saint Michael's College within Library Links.

Journal Finder

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.

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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