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  • 1. Jennifer Thiessen Liaison Librarian, Education
  • 2.
    • Finding books and articles
      • Library Catalogues and Databases
      • Citation chasing (using a reference list)
    • Google Scholar; Google Books
    • Saving, storing and managing articles (Refworks)
  • 3.
    • Know what is appropriate:
      • Scholarly, academic, peer-reviewed material
      • Balance between non-scholarly and scholarly, if appropriate
        • E.g. curriculum documents, contemporary thought, gray lit
      • Material that presents empirical data/evidence to back up claims, not just opinions
      • Web?
    • Know where to begin searching:
      • Library catalogues
      • Library databases – Education Research Complete, ERIC, Educational Administration Abstracts, Sage Journals Online
  • 4.
    • They gather a lot of information on one topic in one place
    • They can provide a good overview or good background information on a topic
    • They often offer extensive bibliographies
    • Consider reference materials
    • E.g. 21 st Century Education [electronic resource]
  • 5.
    • Our library catalogue
    • Other Ontario universities
    • WorldCat –
      • Use keywords
  • 6.
    • Journal articles discuss one perspective
    • Each article makes a unique contribution
    • Articles can supplement information found first in books
    • Articles can offer more up-to-date information
  • 7.  
  • 8. Click on Education to see a list of databases for that subject area. Click on Research, then Databases.
  • 9.
    • Click on a database name, then start searching.
  • 10.
    • Recommended: Education Research Complete ; ERIC , SAGE
    • Tips:
      • Limit to scholarly (peer reviewed) journals
      • Look for descriptors (or subject headings) for more focused results
      • Use quotation marks for bound phrase searching (“standardized testing” )
      • Not all articles are available online in full text format
      • “ Get it” button looks for the full text throughout all of the Library’s databases
  • 11.
    • Caveats:
    • Google Scholar does not have nearly the number of publisher agreements as are available through our 300+ library databases.
    • Use the Get it! @Brock option to get back to full-text items from our databases (rather than going to a publisher’s page and paying them for information).
    • Use Google Scholar in conjunction with RACER, our interlibrary loan system at Brock University.
  • 12.
    • Have you found a fantastic article (either from a database search or your reading list)?
    • Use the reference list of that article (esp. if it is a recent article) to find additional relevant articles
  • 13.  
  • 14.
    • Search for TITLE (of book)
    • What if Brock doesn’t have it?
      • Use RACER (Interlibrary Loan) to request it
      • Borrow from another University library
  • 15.
    • Refworks
    • Build your own database of information
      • Citations and links to the full text
    • Create multiple folders
    • Allows you to create formatted bibliographies (in APA, etc.)
    • RefWorks allows you to create in-text references.
  • 16. The Concept: database reference(s) * optional * produce bibliography bibliographic management software export
  • 17.
    • Visit the Graduate Education Research Guide or Education Course Pages
    • See the Help pages
    • Contact the Library Help Desk
      • 905-688-5550 x. 3233 or use email form
    • Contact your liaison librarian:
      • Jennifer Thiessen (phone, chat, email)