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Staff CPD - MA

  1. 1. Conducting your MA research<br />
  2. 2. What can I show you?<br />How to break down the process of research<br />What resources are available over the internet<br />How to access these resources<br />How to search effectively<br />
  3. 3. Research Process<br />What am I looking for?<br />How will I find it?<br />Planning your search strategies<br />Where do I start<br />Search for information… and find it!<br />What do I do with the information I find<br />
  4. 4. What am I looking for?<br />Research on your particular area of interest<br />Journal articles<br />Books<br />Reports (Ofsted, DCSF etc.)<br />Other such as news/newspaper articles, radio shows, TV programmes<br />Why?<br />Demonstrate a knowledge of relevant previous research<br />Identify areas that might require further research<br />Locate your research within the context of previous work<br />Develop an understanding of particular methodologies<br />
  5. 5. How will I find them?<br />Middlesex Library Resources – Athens access<br />Subject association websites and journals<br />Other websites: Teachernet, Ofsted etc.<br />Academy Library<br />Local Library<br />
  6. 6. Before you begin your search…<br />Identify key words and terms to ensure you search effectively<br />Remember to use Boolean and/not/or as well as “_” for specific terms<br />How will you limit your search?<br />Date ranges<br />Subject<br />UK publications<br />Peer-reviewed articles only?<br />
  7. 7. Where do I start?<br />Middlesex University Library website (<br />Click Electronic Resources – Athens - Login<br />Log in to MyAthens and from here open the following databases<br />Sage Journals Online<br />EBSCOhost (Education Research Complete)<br />Informaworld<br />
  8. 8. Online Journals: MyAthens<br />These databases will search across a huge range of journals, theses, conference proceedings and ebooks<br />Remember to narrow your searching using the relevant tools<br />Specify the subject or database when available<br />Search specific journals<br />Boolean search operators<br />
  9. 9. Demo…<br />I thought it would be useful to demonstrate how to access these resources<br /><br />
  10. 10. Other Online Journal Databases<br />British Education Index ( is a UK-maintained, searchable database with access to free, full-text collections of journals. <br />Directory of Open Access Journals ( provides access to open access journals.<br />Google Scholar ( will search for journal articles and link to open access if available.<br />Intute( is a very useful portal providing links to pre-selected websites on a range of academic subjects.  Also provides links to online journals too.<br />AERA SIG Communication of Research ( list of open-access journals related to education (US-based).<br />
  11. 11. Other online resources<br />TES<br />TeacherNet<br />Ofsted<br />DCSF<br />National Strategies<br />Academic Researchers’ Blogs <br />
  12. 12. Library Resources<br />Subject association publications/journals<br />Books<br />
  13. 13. Once I have found an article (or information)<br />Read the abstract to get an idea of what the article is about<br />Save/print a copy of the full-text (if possible)<br />Organise your articles into folders if relevant<br />Make sure you have the full reference, including the database from which the article was found and date accessed (for your bibliography)<br />
  14. 14. Library Subject Guides<br />Check the Library Subject guides available at<br />Identifies ways in which to begin your research<br />Databases<br />Library catalogues<br />Journals<br />Literature searching<br />Internet sources<br />