For this assignment you'll need to find credible sources on a research topic of your choice.
The boxes below will help you:
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You'll start the library search process by building a list of keywords based on your topic.
Keywords need to match the words that authors have used when writing articles on that topic. You'll want to pick words that you would expect to see in an article's title or abstract. This will help you get the most relevant articles at the top of your results list.
Here is an example of a topic and possible keywords:
Topic: How does limited access to technology affect the success of low-income students?
Focus on the main concepts, avoiding words that are vague or implied. For example, using a general term like "affect" can greatly limit your results. First, an author may only use words for a single, specific effect (e.g. Facebook use raises student engagement). Second, there are many alternative phrasings that can look at the effects of something (e.g. impact, result, consequence, etc.), and it's unlikely you'll be able to brainstorm them all. You'll get better results if you brainstorm specific effects (e.g. academic achievement) instead of using "affect/effect" as a keyword.
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.
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: