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  1. 1. Research Skills: EDCI 500 Laura Berberian Stafford Campus Reference Librarian
  2. 2. Developing a Topic• Topic should not be too broad or too narrow• Use a thesaurus in a research database, such as ERIC, to look up synonyms of your search terms• Define the scope of your topic-who are your subjects? Example: adolescent male readers
  3. 3. Evaluating Sources• Credibility- what are the author’s credentials?• Accuracy-are there errors? Disproven theories?• Currency-outmoded information• Bias-is the author affiliated with a corporation or political organization?
  4. 4. • Online access to thousands of scholarly journal articles, magazines, and newspapers• 380,000 items in the library’s collection• Access to books and eBooks• Online subject guides• Interlibrary loan (to borrow items from other libraries)
  5. 5. Library Home Page
  6. 6. Research by Subject
  7. 7. Education-Stafford Subject Guide
  8. 8. Education Research Complete •Place words in quotation marks to search for an exact phrase •From the drop-down menu, you can search within the abstract or entire text of an article •Use an * to search for multiple word endings •Limit to “full text” and “scholarly peer- reviewed journals” •limit by date and language
  9. 9. Education Research Complete: Search Results Click on the PDF or HTML Full Text link to read the article
  10. 10. Education Research Complete: Search Results •You can email, save and print articles •View the reference citation by clicking on the yellow paper icon
  11. 11. Education Full Text•Use “Advanced Search”•Select “full text” and “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed)”•Limit search by publication type
  12. 12. Journal Finder• Search for the Journal Title Links to Database Links to Catalog
  13. 13. Getting to an Article• Click on “Locate Article” within a database to search all of our other databases for that article• Search the Journal Finder for the Journal Title
  14. 14. Searching the Library Catalog: Advanced Search Search by subject, title, author, etc. Limit search to books available at the Stafford Campus-“Stafford Stacks”
  15. 15. UMW Libraries Catalog
  16. 16. What if my materials are at the main campus Library? What if UMW doesn’t have what I need?• Use interlibrary loan (ILLiad) to request materials not located at the Stafford Library – Create an online ILLiad Account – Submit requests through Library’s website – Request books, articles, dissertations – Books are free – $2 fee for articles located at Simpson Library – Delivered to Stafford Library
  17. 17. Searching the Web• Search by domain:, or for educational, government, and NGO websites• In Google Scholar, you can search for items in UMW Libraries’ collection by going to “Preferences” and typing “University of Mary Washington” in the Library Links search box• Click “Save Preferences”
  18. 18. Need help? Have Questions? • Come to the Library – Mondays – Thursdays: 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. – Fridays: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. – Saturdays: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. • Contact the Library Staff – – 540-286-8025 – IM: cgpslibrary • Set up a Research Appointment – – 540-286-8057 – IM: staffordlibrarian