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By the time I’m done, you will know How to recognize scholarly resources How to locate subject-specific databases How to effectively search the library’s databases How to distinguish between different citations How to use a bibliography (or works cited) to identify potential sources
Scholarly Resources AKA “peer reviewed”, “refereed”, “journal articles” discipline-specific peer-reviewed written on a higher reading level written by a credentialed author cite their sources
Where can you find scholarly articles? Internet Google? Google Scholar? Wikipedia? – References list? Library Catalog? Databases?
CUBcat Library catalog Provides access to everything the library owns Books Journals E-books Databases Media
Database Collection of newspaper, magazine and journal articles Can include dissertations, reports and other resources http://library.belmont.edu Click on Databases Scroll down and click on Education to see all of the education resources
Search Strategies Keyword searching Boolean Searching AND OR Subject searching Thesaurus
OR inclusion OR mainstreaming OR special education
Search strategies Supreme Court AND education inclusion OR special education OR mainstreaming public schools AND (inclusion OR mainstreaming OR special education) “special education”
Thesaurus list of subjects and related terms used to standardize the descriptions of articles in the database. You can select and search for synonyms, related, and preferred terms.
Other resources Government Documents Department of Education (state & federal) Statistics National Center for Education Statistics National Assessment of Educational Progress Nation’s Report Card Census Bureau http://delicious.com/library_chic/belmontedu
Evaluate it! Great! I found some stuff! Now what?
Accuracy Is the information reliable? How do you know?
Authority Is the author identified? What are the author’s credentials? Are the credentials relevant to the topic?
Currency Is there a date? If it’s older information, is it still accurate?
Coverage/Purpose Why is this information being presented? Who is the intended audience?
Objectivity Is the author or organization biased? Does the source represent both sides of the issue? What is the tone of the source?
Reading citations Is it a… Book Book chapter Article Dissertation Report
Book Kember, David. Action Learning and Action Research: Improving the Quality of Teaching and Learning. London: Kogan Page. 2000.
How do I find books? CUBCat (the library’s catalog) Title search Kember, David. Action Learning and Action Research: Improving the Quality of Teaching and Learning. London: Kogan Page. 2000.
Article D’Amato, John. “The Belly of the Beast: On Cultural Difference, Castelike Statues and the Politics of School.” Anthropolgy and Education Quarterly, 18.4 (1987): 357-360
How do I find articles? CUBCat (the library’s catalog) Journal Title D’Amato, John. “The Belly of the Beast: On Cultural Difference, Castelike Statues and the Politics of School.” Anthropolgy and Education Quarterly, 18.4 (1987): 357-360 .
Dissertation Getty, Jacob. A School Action Plan with Stakeholder Involvement: A Case Study of One Elementary School. Diss. Wilmington University (Delaware), 2011.
How do I find dissertations? Usually availably only through InterLibrary Loan ProQuest lists many dissertations (ProQuest Dissertations & Abstracts) Library catalog of the publishing university WorldCat (http://worldcat.org) Getty, Jacob. A School Action Plan with Stakeholder Involvement: A Case Study of One Elementary School. Diss. Wilmington University(Delaware), 2011.
Report King, Martha L., and Rentel, Victor M. How children learn to write: A longitudinal study. Report to the National Institute of Education, Washington, D. C. 1981.
Reports? Try the publishing agency’s website Try Google or Google Scholar Try a subject-specific database King, Martha L., and Rentel, Victor M. How children learn to write: A longitudinal study. Report to the National Institute of Education, Washington, D. C. 1981.
Eisenhard, Margaret and Borko, Hilda. Designing Classroom Research: Themes, Issues, and Struggles. Boston: Allyn and Bacon. 1993.
Saul, Wendy, and J. Carrie Launius. "Making the Case for ACTION Research." Science Scope 34.1 (2010): 24-29.
Turner, Susan A. "Teaching research to teachers: A self-study of course design, student outcomes, and instructor learning." Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning 10.2 (2010): 60-77.
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