Remember when we visited www.eric.ed.gov to find keywords? You can also use ERIC to search for articles. Most of the research which is done on education can be found in ERIC!
Instead of searching the Thesaurus, this time we will search the Collections tab.
The most important thing is to remember to have persistence and creativity. If your search doesn't work - that's ok! Go back to your keyword list, revise using the strategies below, and try again or ask for help.
If you find an article that sounds helpful, but you can't find the full text (or you are being asked to pay for the article), here are some strategies to help:
Strategy One: See if the library has access
If you see "Full text available":
If you see "Citation online":
Keep the tab with OneSearch open, and proceed to Strategy Two.
Strategy Two: Check the open web
If you have too many articles to weed through, you can try getting more specific. Try adding in additional words to your search, using AND.
For example, instead of:
trauma AND development
Try something like:
trauma AND development AND elementary school students
Here, we have added information about a specific age group, and have narrowed down to look at how trauma might be linked to developmental delays.
If you need help, try looking in the ERIC thesaurus for narrower terms.
If you have too few results, you might be searching for too many keywords or too narrow keywords. Here are some things to try:
Instead of this:
trauma AND child development AND student test scores AND fifth grade students
This search yields 0 results in ERIC.
trauma AND child development AND student achievement
This search yields 19 results - that's enough for us to hopefully find a relevant article, but not so much that we can't easily browse through without being overwhelmed.
Or, try using OR:
trauma AND child development AND (student achievement OR student outcomes)
This search yields 184 results. That's too much to read through every title, but it also increases your odds of finding something relevant.
If you results are not relevant, then you will need to adjust your keywords. Here are some things to try: