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EDPD 8061 Library Research: Library Research

Library Research

Throughout this course you research, analyze, and evaluate topics critical to assessment and data analysis to support systemic literacy programs. In the Final Project, which is due in Week 10, you will compile materials you develop and apply concepts that you study throughout this course to your educational setting and professional practice.

This guide is outlines Library research tips and techniques to complete this project, as well as many of your weekly assignments and discussion posts.

Education Databases

Searching for articles

The Education Research page is the place to find recommended databases for your searches.  Below is a sample search in Education Source, the best place to start searching for articles on your education related topic.  Follow these steps to run your search:

1.  From the Library homepage, go to the Subject Resources box.

Subject Resources Select a subject box

2.  Click on Select a subject and choose Education from the drop-down list.  Now you will be at the Education Research guide. This guide has links to the databases used most often for Education research.

3. Now choose the database:  Education Source.  You will have to login with your myWalden email and password.



4. Now you are on a search screen with three Search boxes.  Break your topic down into just keywords and type one concept or keyword(s) per box, separating synonyms with the word OR.  The example below illustrates a search for technology trends in higher education:


In the top search box type:  technology OR technological


In the middle search box type:  trends


In the third box type:  higher education


Here's what the search boxes will look like:



5. Under the search boxes, click inside the check mark boxes for "Full Text" and "Peer Reviewed".



6. Click the Search button.


Look through the articles' subject lines and abstracts if you need additional vocabulary to search.


For more information about how to choose keywords and combine them for the most effective searches look at these guides:

Limit your results

Check the box for scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals and change the date to find only recent results:

Image of the Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals check box in Ebsco


Image of the date limit option in Ebsco


This is what the limiters look like on the EBSCO search page:

Learn more about limiters.