The library provides several databases that contain Education resources:
Not all definitions are found in dictionaries. Scholars often use terms that are too specialized or still too variable to be found in a typical dictionary. In these cases, scholars will define their terms in the literature.
That means that you will need to find definitions within the text of scholarly articles.
Scholars often disagree about the exact meaning of a term, or how it should be used and applied. You will typically see a discussion of terms in the introduction or literature review sections of scholarly articles.
You can use these steps to look for articles:
Pick a database. This example search uses Education Source.
Type your term as your search keyword. If it is a phrase, place it inside quotation marks. For the search below, type "political diversity" into the first search box.
Open the full text of an article and skim the beginning sections.
Sometimes you will have to infer the definition based on how the term is used within the article.
You may also want to search for more specific variants of a term. For example, "socio-economic" as well as "social."