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EDCI 63800 - Spring 2022 Doctoral Seminar

This guide provides resources for completing assignments for EDCI 63800

Keyword Searching Tips

Constructing a Search Statement

Identifying the right terms and phrases for your topic is critical to successful searching. This worksheet may be helpful in organizing and recording your search terms and phrases:

Tricks of the Trade

Would you like to know 4 quick tricks that work in most databases for keyword searching? Watch this 10-minute tutorial, which covers:

  1. phrase searching
  2. truncation (word stem searching)
  3. Boolean logic (combining key words with AND and OR)
  4. Nesting (grouping ideas) 

A more recent video covering the "shotgun," "snowball," and "building blocks" approaches to searching is provided by Professor Heather Howard with Purdue's Parrish Library:

Database-/Vendor-Specific Tips

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Library has created a useful quick-guide for database searching according to vendors:

UIUC Database Quick Guide.

Using Journal Article Abstracts

The author of a published journal articles is usually required to submit an abstract to accompany their article. These abstracts are often included in the catalog record of articles in Article Databases, such as ERIC and Education Source.

Some Tips:

  • Reading article abstracts before committing to reading an article in its entirety can save time. An informative abstract of an article includes information that can help you determine whether or not the article is pertinent to your research topic.
  • The Advanced Search interface in EBSCO databases allows you to limit your keyword search to the "AB Abstract" field of an item's catalog record, enabling you to perform a more targeted search.

Citation Searching - An Overview

What is citation searching?

  • Basic citation searching involves tracking references that have cited, or listed in its bibliography, an article, book, or book chapter.
  • This guide will help you find WHO HAS CITED a given article, book, book chapter, or other publication or author - also known as cited reference searching.

Why do it?

  • To locate newer material related to a given publication or author.
  • To see who is citing one (or all) of your publication. 
  • To show the impact of your work by seeing who is citing you. To find other researchers in a field.

Where to do citation searching?

Many databases have a "cited by" link.

Top ones for Education field are: