Research Databases: Education Full Text (formerly Education Abstracts) Learn how to effectively search the Education Full Text database to identify relevant articles for educational research.
Why Choose Education Full Text?
Every article longer than a single column is indexed.
Indexes important non-journal sources, such as the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Includes attached full text of many publications from 1998 forward.
Abstracts for books included since 1995.
Fewer journals included than ERIC (677 publications vs. 2600).
Less precise limiting by grade level.
No built in thesaurus to find ‘correct’ subject terms.
Here is how Education Full Text from H.W. Wilson compares to other databases in the field of education:
Searching EdFT: Starting the Search
You can access the Education Full Text database from the Research Databases listing by Name or Subject (Education), or follow the URL below:
Often the best strategy is to break your search into subtopics and search each separately, then use the Search History to combine all subtopics together into one search.
EdFT: Finding the Right Keywords
Since this database does not use a thesaurus, you will need to figure out what subject words may help describe your topic.
If you search for a phrase that describes your topic, use ‘Most Frequent Subjects’ for the search results to see subject words associated with articles that use your phrase.
Use these words to retry your search. You may need to use words from more than one subject heading, and combine with your original keyword.
See the next slide for an example…
EdFT: Finding Keywords (cont.)
After searching for ‘college freshmen’, click here
Then look for appropriate subject words…
And then do a new search with all of your words…
college freshmen OR (college students AND freshmen)
EdFT: Combining Searches
After you’ve searched for the first part of your topic, type the next part of the topic in the search box on the results screen.
When all parts of your topic have been searched separately, click on ‘Search History’ to combine them.
Use AND to find items that discuss all of your subtopics in the same paper.
EdFT: Limiting Results
To narrow your search results, common limits are displayed at the top of the results screen. For Education Full Text these are ‘Feature Articles’ and ‘Since 1995’.
Use ‘All Limit Options’ to see more complete options, including by Year, Publication Type, and Language.
Unlike ERIC, to limit by grade level in Education Full Text, you must do a search for subjects such as ‘elementary’ or ‘colleges and universities’ and combine it with your search… there is no Limit option.
EdFT: Results List
The results list will give a brief citation, with your search terms highlighted. Click on a title for the full record, including an abstract (summary) and all subject headings. Or, use Show Abstracts to view summaries in the list.
EdFT: Results, Full Record Click on an author’s name to see more by the same author. Click on subject heading to see other items with the same subject.
EdFT: Locating an Item
Some articles in Education Full Text have the full text attached in either PDF or HTML format. [Attached Full Text] will appear after the citation in the Results List or near the top of the Full Record.
Use the button in the Results List or Full Record to see your options for finding the item in print or electronically.
For journals, this may link you to electronic full text or tell you if the journal is subscribed to by the University of Toledo libraries.
For books, Find It! will look up the item in the OhioLINK Catalog.
More information on Find It! (a.k.a OLinks) is available here .
To store records in a list so that you can print, e-mail, or save them to a disk, you can mark records by:
Clicking on the icon in the Results List
Clicking on the icon on a Full Record
Clicking on ‘Store All on Page’ in the Results List (to see more results per page, use ‘All Limit Options’)
Click the Stored Records button at the top of the page to see all export options.
EdFT: Exporting (cont.)
From the Stored Records page, you can review your list (and remove items if necessary).
Export options include:
Downloading (saving) to your computer
As well as viewing, pocketing to a PDA, or exporting to bibliographic management software.
All export options include a Search History so you can reproduce your search later
None of the export formats include linked full text! Only the citation, abstract, and other full record information will be sent.