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Locating and Accessing Professional Literature: A Workshop for Practicing Teachers

Locating and Accessing Professional Literature: A Workshop for Practicing Teachers

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  • 1. Locating & AccessingProfessional LiteratureSherri BryanSCWriP Summer Institute
  • 2. Why read professional literature?Teachers need to know how to locate and access professionalliterature in their field so they can: promote research-based solutions to educational needs participate in professional conversations form professional learning communities and networks inspire and improve their own teaching.
  • 3. Goals for todayTo learn how to locate and access professional literature using primarilydatabases and online search enginesMore specifically, you will learn: • how and where to look for relevant articles in an expedient fashion; • how to search effectively • how to access the full-text of articles • how to utilize Web 2.0 technologies in your search for professional literature.Ultimate goal:For you to have confidence in your own abilities to locate professionalliterature in your field independently in the future.
  • 4. Locating professional literature using ERIC
  • 5. ERIC overview“ERIC provides unlimited access to more than 1.3 millionbibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials, with hundreds of new records added multipletimes per week. If available, links to full text are included.”Overview: Page navigation and other essential tools • Basic search • Advanced search • Search and browse the thesaurus • Help and tutorials
  • 6. Search Tools 101 • Quotation marks (phrase searching) • Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) • Truncation (*) • ERIC descriptors (using the thesaurus) • Other search limiters (advanced search)Try it out!
  • 7. You found it! Now how do you get it?• Using resources available in ERIC• WorldCat at
  • 8. Accessing the literatureGoogle Books (books) • Scholar (professional journal articles and books) • Access/Open Source --Directory of Open Access Journals • a library database subscription • • (InfoTrac) • Your school library
  • 9. Using a library database
  • 10. Utilizing Web 2.0 technologies in the search forprofessional literature• Google (more—even more)• Blogs• Twitter education-hashtags-on-twitter/• RSS feeds (ERIC, many professional blogs)