Search strategy
Here is a good, basic formula for getting started with your research in Education, History, and related topics.
  1. Begin by using the keyword brainstorming worksheet docx to help you tweak your research question, identify keywords and related terms, and keep track of what you find.   
  2. Search in a library catalog (Summon, OBIS, OhioLINK and/or WorldCat) to find books and reference sources.  They provide BACKGROUND and CONTEXT, review and SUMMARIZE earlier work, help you FOCUS your topic and provide CITATIONS to important books, journal articles, conference papers, interviews, etc.
  3. Next, search research databases to find articles. The Library has hundreds of databases available, but the ones listed below are good places to begin.
  4. You may also wish to use Google or Google Scholar to search the Internet.  Take advantage of Google's advanced search features!
  5. Finally, use the CRAAP test worksheet pdf to evaluate the sources you find!
Search (almost) everything
Book Search
Search OBIS
Finding articles
Academic Search Complete Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
Multidisciplinary - good for nearly all subjects. Scholarly and trade journals, popular magazines, newspapers, conference proceedings, book reviews, and more.

Education Full Text Restricted Resource Some full text available
Provides full text of articles from over 350 journals as far back as 1996, in addition to indexing of more than 770 periodicals dating back to 1983.

Education Research Complete Restricted Resource Some full text available
Covers scholarly research and information relating to all areas of education.

ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) Restricted Resource Some full text available
The world's largest source of education information, containing abstracts of documents and journal articles on education research and practice. 

JSTOR Restricted Resource Some full text available
Full text digital archive of core scholarly journals with complete back runs of many titles in nearly all areas of study.  Current issues (usually the last 3 - 5 years) are not digitized by JSTOR and may be obtained elsewhere. 

SocINDEX Restricted Resource Some full text available
Provides users with a wealth of information encompassing the broad spectrum of sociological study.

Web of Science Restricted Resource
Includes the Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index.  Particularly good for cited reference searching.
Research help
Reference sources
Encyclopedia of African American Education Restricted Resource

Encyclopedia of American Education 
Main Reference LB17 .U54 2007  (3 vols)

Encyclopedia of Multicultural Education Restricted Resource

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Restricted Resource -- Includes access to The Condition of Education and Digest of Education Statisitics

Native American education : a reference handbook

The literature review : a step-by-step guide for students
Main Library     LB2369 .R525 2008  

The literature review : six steps to success
Main Reference     LB1047.3 .M33 2009  -- Library use only
Main Library            LB1047.3 .M33 2009 c.2    
Writing & citation help


RefME is a free mobile-friendly tool that creates citations, footnotes and bibliographies in many different citation styles across disciplines.

  • Search - Books, journals, videos, and more by title, author, ISBN, DOI, or URL
  • Share - Projects with other RefME users, and export projects to MS Word or other citation managers
  • Access - Bibliography across mobile devices, saved and synced in RefME platform
  • Store - Scan book/journal barcodes to create and store references using RefME App or WebClipper and add page #s, quotes, and notes
Other resources
Characteristics of Journals and Magazines

Literature review introduction -- this page explains what it is/its purpose, strategies for approaching it, and questions to consider along the way.

Literature review worksheet -- a tool to help you examine each source that you are considering including in your literature review. Also gives you a chance to practice your critical evaluation skills by writing a brief appraisal of each source.
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