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EDUC 6156 Week 2 Assignment: Week 2 Assignment

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Education Research

This link will take you to the main page for education research, with links to resources selected to meet the needs of education scholar-practitioners.

Annotated bibliography assignment

You have been assigned a topic to research for your annotated bibliography.  Below you will find information about the library including where and how to search for research articles.  A sample search is provided to give you an idea of what the search page will look like.

If you are having trouble finding what you need please don't hesitate to Ask A Librarian (link on the left).

Evaluating Resources

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Sample article search

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. Click the Select a Subject drop-down from the Walden Library Home Page.

 

 

2. Choose Education from the options.

 

3. Now choose Education Source from the list of education databases.


You may have to login with your myWalden email and password.

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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.

 

In the top search box type: first generation

 

In the middle search box type: retention OR persistence OR dropout OR success*

Note: the asterisk (*) allows you to capture variant endings for a word - success/successful

 

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

 

Here's what the search page will look like:

 

 

 

6. Click the Search button.

 

Notice that sometimes your search terms will include the opposite of what you're looking for:  dropout issues may be mentioned in articles about retention, for example.

 

This is just a sample search.  You can enter any topical group in the first search box (minority, LGBT, Hispanic, African American, single parent, etc.).  Be sure to keep an eye out for synonyms; by adding in synonyms separated by the word OR you can capture different ways of expressing a concept.

Tutorials

Click on any of the Tutorial links below for additional help on specific topics:

Other help pages

How to choose a topic (finding a topic that's not too broad or too narrow)

Keyword searching (how to determine the best words to search)

Boolean search operators (how to put your keywords together)

Peer review (find out what it means and why it's important)

How to find full text

Writing Center help

If you need more information about the writing aspect of your annotated bibliography, please look at the following resources:

Quick Answer: How do I write an annotated bibliography?

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