The Library's home page features a search box that functions as a "Google-like" single search. This is a good start to a search. A better approach is to use the WorldCat Discovery tab to initiate an advanced search.
To learn more go to the Doing An Advanced Search Page.
A topical search for Education in the Databases A to Z yields 13 databases. Remember there is a difference between databases that provide just indexing that points to articles you may have to request through interlibrary loan, and those that are full text. There are two that are most widely used. They are:
ERIC - Education Resources Information Center (EBSCO) An authoritative database of indexed and full-text education literature and resources. It is essential for education researchers of all kinds
Books are an excellent research resource. However, it takes time for books to get written, published, printed, updated and so on. That's why electronic books and articles are so helpful. Both print and eBooks can be found in WorldCAT discovery. Filters are available to limit searches. Limits can be placed on format, article vs. book, scholarly or peer reviewed, full text or abstract or citation only. Hone your search by "Relevancy" and "Currency" choices. Most of our eBooks are in EBSCOhost which can be found on the right side of the Library's home page.
Education is a discipline that has been researched at length. One of the earliest electronic education databases was compiled under the auspices of the US government. That database is ERIC, Educational Resource Information Center. To refine the searching technique, ERIC has produced a Thesaurus that greatly aids research. The terms there are defined as "descriptors" or "subjects." (It is located above the search bars of the top left of the page. The word Thesaurus may be replaced by the term Subjects. Each database has an equivalent subject list that functions the same).
For example, if you look for the term "ESOL" in a search, your search will not be inclusive. Instead, if you go to the Thesaurus and browse the term ESOL you will find that the term recommended. This term is also a hyperlink. Clicking on it will link you to all articles that have been deemed to be about that topic.
Other terms you may want to research are below. Even though the term is acceptable, checking the thesaurus will expand the possibilities such as:
"ADD or ADHD"
"Fetal Alcohol Syndrome"
APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6th edition, second printing of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (6th ed., 2nd printing).
Contributors:Joshua M. Paiz, Elizabeth Angeli, Jodi Wagner, Elena Lawrick, Kristen Moore, Michael Anderson, Lars Soderlund, Allen Brizee, Russell Keck