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EDUC 6179 Week 2 Discussion: Week 2 Discussion

Ask A Librarian

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.

Assignment

You have been tasked with researching best practices when facilitating online learning.  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

Do you know how to select the best resources for your project?

Learn more about evaluating for

  • Accuracy
  • Authority
  • Objectivity
  • Currency
  • Coverage

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 subject options

 

3. Now choose the database 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, separating synonyms with the word OR within each search box.

 

In the top search box type: online OR distance OR virtual OR web!based

Note: the ! allows you to capture a single variant character - whether it is hyphenated or not

 

In the middle search box type: instruct* OR teach*

Note: the asterisk (*) allows you to capture variant endings - instruction/instructional and teach/teaching

 

In the third search box type: best practice

 

Choose the AB Abstract option from the drop-down to the right of the first two search boxes to add focus.

 

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.

 

This is just a sample search.  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