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EDUC 8012 Module 1 Discussion: Module 1 Discussion

Crossing Borders Discussion

For this week's discussion you need to find articles on change or strategic change from a field other than Education. To do this you can either choose a database from another field, or use Thoreau, our multi-database search tool.

In the boxes below you'll find information about:

  • Locating a database for your search
  • Building a search
  • Citing the articles you find

Find a database

You can access the library's article databases by going to the Articles by Topic page in the library. Once there you will have to decide if you want to search in a subject database or in Thoreau, our multi-database search tool.

Subject Databases

A subject database focuses on one particular subject area, such as business, education, or psychology. To select a subject area and database, follow these steps:

1.  From the library website, look for the Subject Resources box and click on the Select a subject drop-down:

2.  This example uses Business and Management, but you can select any subject area.

3.  Select a database from the list. The most-recommended database for each subject area is listed first. This example uses  Business Source Complete. You may need to log in with your myWalden user name and password.



Thoreau is a "discovery tool," which means that it includes articles, books, and more from a variety of different subject areas. It does not cover all of the Walden Library's collections, but it does include a very large proportion. It's a good tool when you're looking for information that is cross-disciplinary, or that may be published in journals from multiple subject areas.

1.  From the Library home page, you can use the main search box.

2.  Thoreau searches multiple databases so this search box casts a wide net.  You may have to log in with your myWalden user name and password. 

Once you are in a database, you will be ready to build your search. See the box below for advice about building a keyword search in a database.

Build a search

Although each database will look a bit different, they all follow the same basic structure and offer many of the same options.

Below are examples of the same search in both a subject database and Thoreau.

  1. Type your keywords into the search boxes. Place keywords for a single concept into one box, using "or" between each one. This tells the database to find articles that have any of those terms.

    For example, first search box:  

    change or strategic change

  2. If you are using Thoreau, you may want to add a search keyword related to the subject area. If you don't, your results list will include results from all subject areas, including Education.

    For example, first search box:

    change or strategic change

    Second search box:


    Learn more about OR and other Boolean operators.
  3. Add limits to your search. The limits you choose will depend on what you need to find. Check the Scholarly Peer-Reviewed box, if the database you are using includes the option. You can also add a date limit.

    Learn more about database limiters.
    Learn more about peer review.

  4. In Thoreau, you'll see the same limits but in a slightly different location.

  5. Click the Search button. To see the full text of the article, click the PDF Full Text or HTML Full Text link under the article result.

Cite articles

All citations will need to be created using the rules in the APA's 6th edition manual. Here are some resources that can help you create/edit your citations: