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EDUC 6190 Week 2 Assignment: Week 2 Literature Review

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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.

Literature Review Assignment

As part of your Adult Learning Project you will complete a literature review of published work on topics related to your project. The purpose of a literature review is to determine what others have learned and said about a particular issue or problem, in order to inform your own work on the problem.

Search the Walden Library and Internet for articles and other resources relevant to the problem your project is intended to address. Your literature review should include at least 10 research articles from peer-reviewed journals published within the last seven years. You can also include books, reports, and websites if they are relatively recent and published by reputable sources.

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 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: college OR university OR higher education

 

In the middle search box type: non-traditional OR first-generation

 

In the third search box type:  success* OR achieve* OR persistence

Note: the asterisk (*) allows you to capture irregular plurals and variant endings

 

Note: choose the AB Abstract option from the drop-down to the right of each search box 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.  You can explore the results lists for additional vocabulary.   Be sure to keep an eye out for synonyms; by adding in synonyms separated by the word OR you can capture the different ways a concept might be discussed in the literature.

Educaton Databases

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