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EDUC 6125 Literature Review: Literature Review

Literaure review

You have been asked to conduct a literature review and create an annotated bibliography. 

Below you will find information about the library including where and how to search for research articles.  A sample search is provided to give you an idea of how to put together an effective search when using the library databases.

If you are having trouble finding what you need please don't hesitate to Ask A Librarian (link on the left).

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.

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 within each box.

Our sample topic is on retention rates of first-generation college students

In the top search box type:  college OR university OR higher education

In the middle search box type:  first generation

In the third search box type:  success* OR retention

Note: the asterisk (*) allows you to capture variant endings - success/successes/successful

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 on search

Scan the results to see what other vocabulary might be used ... for example, I see the term drop-out, so I can add that to my third search box.  Sometimes you have to search for the opposite (drop-outs) to find what you're looking for (retention).

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

Writing Center help

If you need more information about the writing aspect of your annotated bibliography, please look at the following resources:

Quick Answer: How do I write an annotated bibliography?

Writing Center: Annotated Bibliographies