Locating & AccessingProfessional LiteratureSherri BryanSCWriP Summer Institute 2012www.slideshare.net/SherriSB/scwrip-si-2012
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.
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.
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
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!
You found it! Now how do you get it?• Using resources available in ERIC• WorldCat at www.worldcat.org
Accessing the literatureGoogle Books (books) • http://books.google.com/Google Scholar (professional journal articles and books) • http://scholar.google.com/Open Access/Open Source --Directory of Open Access Journals • http://www.doaj.org/doaj?func=subject&cpid=127&uiLanguage=enUsing a library database subscription • http://www.library.ucsb.edu/ • http://www.sbplibrary.org/ (InfoTrac) • Your school library
Utilizing Web 2.0 technologies in the search forprofessional literature• Google (more—even more) https://www.google.com/• Blogs http://blogsearch.google.com/• Twitter http://novemberlearning.com/resources/handouts/popular- education-hashtags-on-twitter/• RSS feeds (ERIC, many professional blogs)