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Two Minute Tips for Education Students: #1 Letter to New Grads

Collection of short tutorials and help screens designed for Purdue's College of Education students and faculty.

2016 Letter

To:          COE Graduate Students

FROM:  Judy Nixon, Education Librarian

DATE:  August, 2017

RE:  Things I would like tell you today:

(Click on the links below for more information about each topic.)

1.       Your first stop is a Library Guide for Graduate Students.  Lots of information here about researching.  


 2.        Judy Nixon is your librarian. 


  • Need help identifying the right database or the right key words? 
  • Would you like the library to buy a book? 
  • Ask me.



3.       Education books are at the Humanities, Social Science & Education Library, called HSSE, in Stewart Center.  The E in HSSE stands for Education.  Watch a tour of HSSE in an upcoming "Two Minute Tip." 


4.       Start your research at Purdue Libraries home page: . 



a.       To see if we own a book in print or electronic format, click on the “Books & Media” tab.


b.       Most of our journals are in electronic format.   To find a specific journal click on “Online Journals” link.


c.       The most important databases in education are Education Source and ERIC.  Click on the “Databases” link.

Here are direct links




5.       Watch your email for quick tutorials I write, called “Two Minute Tips”, available at   


6.       Need quick help?  Use our “Ask a Librarian” service to chat or email a librarian.  Go to  or look for this link:  




7.   Need to renew a book, or ask Interlibrary Loan to get a book or article that Purdue doesn’t own, click on the “SERVICE” tab.   


8.   EndNote Basic helps you to organize your research material, including journal articles, into your own online database.  Want to learn how to use EndNote Basic  and sign up for an account; go to . 

EndNote Basic helps you to organize your research material, including journal articles, into your own online mini database. It is FREE and is a companion to the desktop EndNote.  EndNote Basic Features:


  • import or capture references from online sources 
  • organize references in subject folders 
  • link to fulltext articles and attach PDFs 
  • share  with team members and collaborators
  • create formatted bibliographies
  • use Cite While You Write with MS Word



9.   Need help finding education related resources? 


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Judy Nixon
HSSE Library 253
Stewart Center