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Dissertation Research in Education: Articles

This guide was created to teach doctoral students to select, search, evaluate and organize their dissertation research project.

Periodical Research

To find articles published in periodicals (magazines, newspapers, journals, etc.), you will need to use an index or electonic database.  Indexes can be multi-disciplinary (Academic Search Premier, Readers Guide to Periodical Literature) or subject specific (ERIC, PSYCInfo, SportDiscus), and can be in print or electronic format.  Periodical indexes can be searched in numerous ways: by author, title of the article or periodical, by keyword or subject.

HOW TO SELECT A DATABASE OR INDEX - The library webpage organizes the databases alphabetically by title.  Subject guides created by librarians include suggested databases/indexes for each area along with other relevant sources. In addition, consider the coverage of the database.  Database descriptions on the databases page will describe the dates of coverages and types of publications included.  Print indexes may need to be consulted for dates of coverage or because additional journal titles are covered.

FULL-TEXT AVAILABLE OR CITATION/ABSTRACT ONLY? - Many research databases include the full text of the article, while others are citations/abstracts only.

LOCATING A KNOWN ARTICLE - If you are looking for a known article (you already have the citation from a reference book, bibliography, another article, etc.) try:

  • Journal Finder - Search by journal title to see if a particular journal is fulltext and to be directed to that full text content.  Print periodicals are arranged alphabetically by title on the 2nd floor of the library. Some current issues can be found displayed on the 2nd Floor journal area
  • Do a search on the web.  Although most journal articles are not available for free, sometimes you may find what you are looking for.
  • If you can not locate the full text in print or electronic format, request an Interlibrary Loan.

Education Databases

The College Library provides access to two multi-disciplinary databases: Academic Search Premier and Academic Universe which include the subject of education.

Subject specific databases that may be relevant include: