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EDSD 7075 Major Assessment: Major Assessment

Searching for articles

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.

Subject Resources Select a subject 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.

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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.  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:

What is Peer Review?

Peer-reviewed journal articles are evaluated by experts in the field prior to publication.

Many of the library databases include a peer review limit.

Types of Scholarly Publications

Research Article

This is the most common type of article in scholarly journals.  It reports on the results of a research study or experiment. 

Literature Review Article

Found in scholarly journals, this type of article analyzes all the literature on a particular topic.  The words "literature" and "review" often appear in the title.

Theoretical Article

This type of scholarly article is rarer.  It describes a theory developed by the authors of the article.  It may include a discussion of the authors' research, to back up the development of the theory.

Scholarly Book

Not all books are scholarly.  Scholars sometimes write a book to present their theory in depth.  Other scholarly books are collections of chapters by researchers and academics in a field.  Scholarly books do not undergo a peer review process before publication.  Scholarly books are only reviewed after they are published, just like popular books.

Dissertation

The dissertation is the highest level of student work.  Although the dissertation does not go through peer review, it is completed under the close observation and direction of established scholars.

Conference Proceeding

Many scholars present their research at conferences.  A proceeding is a published version of that conference paper/presentation.  Not all conferences have proceedings.  Many conference presentations are works in progress, and, after receiving feedback at the conference, the authors will write an article for a peer-reviewed journal.

Reports

Reports are usually produced by nonprofits, thinktanks, and government agencies.  Many are written by trained scholars.  They are not published in peer-reviewed journals.  Many are published online and available for free. 

Government Data

Government agencies often write reports and white papers, but their most unique contribution to research is raw data.  There are many types of data that are collected and disseminated only by the government.  Examples include FBI crime statistics, Bureau of Labor economic indicators, and demographic data from the Census.

Limit your results

Check the box for scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals and change the date to find only recent results:

Image of the Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals check box in Ebsco

 

Image of the date limit option in Ebsco

 

This is what the limiters look like on the EBSCO search page:

Learn more about limiters.

Evaluating Resources

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

Learn more about evaluating for

  • Accuracy
  • Authority
  • Objectivity
  • Currency
  • Coverage