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ED 560: Educational Research: Find Articles


A database is used for discovering scholarly journal articles in your subject area. Here are some things you will want to keep in mind when searching.

  • Search using keywords.
  • Think about how others may identify your topic and use synonyms to retrieve additional articles.
  • Use appropriate boolean search operators to connect your keywords (AND, OR, NOT).
  • Use limiters within the database for such things as narrowing your topic to a specific date range or type of publication. Remember you need to us scholarly peer-reviewed articles (see video).
  • Read the abstracts. Don't judge an article by it's title. Read the abstract before deciding if you want to save the article to potentially use in your research.


Boolean Search Operators

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Find the Full Text

When you're going through your search results, there are a few ways to find the full-text of an article:

PDF Icon

Click on the PDF Full Text link.

Find it button

Click on the Find it! button to find the article through another resource.

Journal Finder

Don't see a PDF Full Text link or Find it! button? Try searching for the journal title (i.e. American Journal of Nursing) in Journal Finder.

Article Request

Still can't find the full-text?! Submit an Article Request form. Please note that it may take several days to process your request!

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