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EDUC 6500: Introduction to Student Affairs and Higher Education

A guide to research for EDUC 6500 Fall 2016 taught by Andy Sonn.

Finding Articles

When searching for articles, ask yourself, who cares about my topic? Just educators? Or are policy makers interested? Below you'll find four databases based on education, history, cross-disciplinary, and news. These are just highlights. We have almost 300 more to choose from! (TIP: If we don't have access to the article, click Request from Interlibrary Loan. The article will be posted to your My Library Account in about 4 days.)

Finding Books

Books?!?! Yes. Books! Depending on your topic, books might be a great place to start! (TIP: If you find your topic is an entire book, you'll want to narrow it down!)

Use the Library Catalog to find books. (TIP: it's the "Books & More" option from the homepage.)

You'll find eight other universities are included. (TIP: If we don't have the book you need, click Request, and it will be sent to Gelman Library in 2-4 days.)

Why Use a Subject Heading?

A subject heading or a descriptor is a tag used to describe the article. These tags come from a list and reflect the terminology discipline of the database. (e.g. In medicine you search myocardial infarction not heart attack.)

What are the benefits?

  • Your results will be more on topic
  • You often find more when you use the terminology of the discipline

How do you figure out which terms are a subject heading?

  • They are usually near the abstract of the article and are clickable
  • Before you search, use the Thesaurus link on the database homepage to look up your topics

What if you don't find one?

  • That's ok! Not all words are subject headings
  • Be creative, look for synonyms 
  • Ask a librarian for help
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