This video explains how to find education articles in the Education Source database.

Video Transcript:

In this video, you will learn how to find articles in the Education Source database.

Education Source is a good database to use when you only need a few articles on a topic.  It has less content than other databases, such as ERIC, but it is a little easier to get to the full-text of the articles.

When searching a database, you need to break your research question into the key concepts or keywords.

For example, the database won’t understand if you type in the whole phrase “What types of strategies do teachers use to improve student reading comprehension?”

Instead, you need to break up that phrase into the most important concepts, such as “reading comprehension,” “teachers,” and “strategies.”

Once you have your main concepts, brainstorm some synonyms, acronyms, or related terms to expand your search so you can retrieve as many results as possible.

For example, you might search for “reading comprehension” OR “reading skills.” By connecting your search terms with “OR,” you are telling the database to search for articles that mention either of those terms. Using “OR” will yield more results. (OR = MORE) Also, put quotation marks around phrases in order to keep those words together. You can type an asterisk at the end of a root word to have the database find alternate variations of that word. For example, a search for “teach*” will find results that mention teach, teaches, teaching, teacher, teachers, and so on.

Conversely, you can narrow down your search by using “AND” to connect your keywords. For example, a search for “reading comprehension” AND “strategies” will find results that mention both terms.

Be careful not to add too many search terms all at once because that may cause the database to misinterpret your search. Also, “one search does not find all” so you may need break your topic into smaller pieces and try searching using different combinations of keywords and related terms.

Before you click search, consider limiting to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals to find higher quality research articles. You might also want to limit to Full Text so it is easier to find the full text of the articles. However, if you’re not finding enough results, do not limit to Full Text so you can use the Find It option instead.

After you click “search,” you can use the panel on the side to help narrow down your results. You can adjust the date range to find current articles and you can look at the recommended subject headings to help you brainstorm more keywords. For example, in this search I see a subject term for “teaching methods,” which might be a good search term for me to try using.

If you find an article on the list that you want to read but do not see a link to the full text, click on the “Find It” button to see if it is available in another library database.

Remember, if you have any questions, please ask a librarian for assistance.