Considered by many in education to be the primary database for education research, ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) includes citations for articles and ERIC documents. ERIC documents include research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers, and other education-related materials. Many of these are unpublished except as ERIC documents. Because ERIC indexes these documents along with journal articles, ERIC is considered a good source of practitioner materials. As you view your results, you'll see that records have accession numbers or ERIC numbers (e.g., ED505664). ERIC documents begin with ED and journal articles begin with EJ.
You may want to acquaint yourself with the government web version because you'll still be able to access it after you graduate from Wright State. However, it doesn't include as much full text as the other versions you can access via our databases and you won't see the "Find It!" button there.
The easiest interface for keyword searching is EBSCO. This interface has a thesaurus as well, but if your term does not appear in the thesaurus, it doesn't always suggest other relevant terms. The best way to find out which subject terms are in the database is to try a keyword search first and then check the subject terms that appear at the left.
One reason that education researchers like ERIC so much is because it has great limiters. When you're in the EBSCOhost version, be sure to look at all the limit options (find the advanced search screen). From there, you can limit to Educational Level (e.g., Two Year Colleges), Intended Audience (e.g., Practitioner), or Publication Type (e.g., Guides Classroom Teacher). You can limit by date, language, or peer review as well.
Following a thread of citations allows you to see how one scholar influences another. Using the Arts and Humanities Citation Index (the Web of Science), determine who is responding to the work of Peter Elbow.
Keep in mind that scholars don’t cite only scholars with whom they agree; they cite other important scholars as well. Read the articles to determine whose “camp” a scholar is in.
Using Google Scholar, determine who is responding to the work of Peter Elbow. (Remember, don’t pay for anything Google tries to sell you; chances are we can get it for you for free.)
How would you find the full text for the following citation?
Selfe, Cynthia. "The Movement of Air, the Breath of Meaning: Aurality and Multimodal Composing." College Composition and Communication 60.4 (2009): 616-663.
Databases and Search engines:
Teacher-oriented journals and sites:
Professional and Association Websites:
Blogs, Delicious, CiteULike, etc.
Teacher’s edition of a textbook