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M.Ed. Research Guide and Library Resources: How do I search for them?

Access to library resources for M.Ed. students.

STEP 1: The basics of finding primary research articles

  • Brainstorm keywords for your topic. Not sure how? Watch this.
  • Enter some of your keywords into an individual education database, Search@CULibraries, or Google Scholar. Do not search with sentences or long phrases
  • Filter your results for peer reviewed articles/journals (dissertations are NOT peer reviewed)
  • Look for primary research articles from the results list, OR use one of the techniques listed in step 2 below 
  • Evaluate your results. If you're not finding what you need, try these search tips, or ask a librarian
  • Looking for a specific article that you have the title for? Watch this quick video for instructions.

STEP 2: Important search techniques for primary research articles

You can search for primary research articles in a similar way that you search for other peer-reviewed articles. From your list of results, you can sift through to look for primary research.

If you have hundreds or thousands of results and want to try to focus your search on primary research articles, there are three different techniques to try.

  1. Add the following row of keywords to your search: (methods AND results) OR methodology OR "case study" OR "this study" OR "a study". You will want to copy and paste this entire row of keywords into its own search box (see first example below) in an individual education database. If you are using Search@CULibraries, you'll want to only try one of these keywords at a time (see second example below) because the OR function does not currently work properly in Search@CULibraries. 

Important! From your list of results, you will still need to examine each article to see if it is primary research and not a synthesis of others' research.


 

keywords placed in individual boxes: math, flipped classroom in quotes, this study in quotes

2. Another option is to filter by Document Type on the Advanced Search page of most databases and choose Case Study. In ProQuest Education Journals, it looks like this:

ProQuest advanced search document type: case study

All of these results are generally primary research articles, but keep in mind that while all case studies are primary research, not all primary research is in the form of a case study, so you will likely be missing some primary research articles on your topic by searching this way.

3. Finally, in the ERIC database, you can choose "Reports - All" and/or "Reports - Research" under Publication Type when searching for primary research articles. 

reports publication type in ERIC  database

 

 

 

 

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