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Education: EDST 61500 (Hirth)

This is a guide for doing research in education.

Two Minute Tips for Education Students

Off campus access to Google Scholar

ERIC from EBSCO tutorial

Short, four minute demonstration of an ERIC database search. 

2016 Handout for Educational Policy & Decision Making (Hirth)

To:          EDST 61500

FROM:  Judy Nixon, Education Librarian

DATE:    September, 2016


Important links:

·     Education Librarian, Judy Nixon:

·     Education Subject Guide:

·     Endnote Basic Guide:

·     Tutorial for Education Students:

 Quick notes:

1.   Education books are at the Humanities, Social Science & Education Library, called HSSE, in Stewart Center.  The E in HSSE stands for Education.  Here is a tutorial which is a tour of the HSSE Library.  Tour of HSSE

2.  Purdue Libraries home page is  

       Here is a link to a tutorial on using the home page:  Home Page Tutorial

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

5.   90% of our education journals are in electronic format.   To find a specific journal online click on "Online Journals" link.  Print journals are located in the Periodicals area of HSSE Library.  Enter from HSSE 1st floor – northeast corner. 

       See map:

6.  I recommend using specific databases, rather than the “Search All” tab.  The two most important database in education are Education Source and ERIC.



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


9.     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.   



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 EndNote Basic

Available Online, Anytime.

  • Store up to 50,000 references
  • 20 most popular bibliographic styles
  • 2GB of file storage
  • Webpage reference capture


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 product of 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

For more information, please visit:





Need help finding education related resources? 

Go to URL:  Here is what the page looks like.  Under each tab are hints, tutorials and links.



Doing a literature review:

1.       Tutorial on Literature Reviews

2.       To find journal articles use a subject database. 

         a.       One of the most important database in education is called ERIC.  Here is a link .

         b.      Other useful databases; you can add them when in ERIC:

                                                               i.      Education Source

                                                             ii.      Family & Society

                                                            iii.      Family Studies

                                                           iv.      PsycINFO

3.       Using keywords:   Tutorial on keyword searching “Tricks of the Trade” is at Minute Tutorials/13 Tricks/TricksOfTrade.htm

         a.       Use quote marks around phrases.

         b.      Combined synonyms with OR.

         c.       Combined separate concepts or ideas with AND.

         d.      Group concepts or ideas together with parentheses  ()

         e.      A basic keyword search in ERIC from EBSCO would look like this:


4.      Using subject headings.  Each article is assigned subject headings (descriptors) related to the topic of the article.  Use records in ERIC to find additional subject headings. 

         a.       Possible subject headings for Building Coalitions:

            Cooperation OR "Agency Cooperation" OR "Community Cooperation" OR Networks OR "Integrated Services" OR "Cooperative Planning" OR             Coordination OR "Community Coordination" OR "Cooperative Programs”

         b.      Possible subject headings for youth programs:

                           Youth OR "Rural Youth" OR "Youth Programs" OR "Youth Agencies”

In ERIC from EBSCO, using all the subject headings, this search would look like this










Subject Guide

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