Welcome to the EDG/EFL 515 Course Guide.
Audience: CUW EDG/EFL 515 students and other graduate education students writing research proposals.
Help Available: Please contact librarians with Ask a Librarian or on the Library Tab in the Portal (phone, email, chat)
How to Use: This guide is designed to view in order, and then as needed.
Institutional Repository: CUW Graduate Education Action Research Project Examples
Academic Search Complete (EBSCOhost) Comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with full-text periodicals, including peer-reviewed journals. Indexing and abstracts for journals, monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.
ProQuest Central Coverage of over 160 subject areas, including business and economics, health and medical, education, news and world affairs, and more.
Education Research Specific
Education Database (ProQuest) Literature and articles on primary, secondary and higher education as well as special education, homeschooling, and adult education.
Education Source (EBSCOhost) This database provides scholarly research for education students, professionals, and policymakers. It covers all levels of education as well as all educational specialties such as multilingual education, health education, and testing. Content includes full-text and indexing for journals, books and monographs, conference papers, and book reviews.
Educational Administration Abstracts (EBSCOhost-provided by Badgerlink) Includes bibliographic records covering areas related to educational administration, including educational leadership, educational management, educational research, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline.
ERIC (EBSCOhost-provided by Badgerlink) Provides citation and abstract information for educational journals and related documents from the Educational Resource Information Center and educational symposium. 1967-present.
Explora for Educators (Provided by Badgerlink) lesson plans, student tools, curriculum standards, and other professional development resources for educators.
Gale OneFile: Educators Reference Complete (Gale) Full-text for titles in the Eric database and covers multiple levels of education from preschool to college, and every educational specialty–such as technology, bilingual education, health education, and testing. It also provides insight on administration, funding, and policy.
Professional Development Collection (EBSCOhost-provided by Badgerlink) High quality education journals and educational reports.
Social Services & Mental Health
SocINDEX with Full Text (EBSCOhost) Comprehensive sociology research database. Its extensive scope and content provide users with a wealth of extremely useful information encompassing the broad spectrum of sociological study.
Sociology Database (ProQuest) Coverage of the international literature of sociology and social work, including culture and social structure, history and theory of sociology, social psychology, substance abuse and addiction, and more.
Social Science Database (ProQuest) Covers hundreds of topics including addiction studies, urban studies, family studies and international relations.
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection (EBSCOhost) This comprehensive resource providing full-text coverage for a broad range of subjects in the fields of psychology, behavioral sciences, and related disciplines including anthropology, emotional and behavioral characteristics, mental processes, psychiatry, psychology, child and adolescent psychology and counseling.
Psychology Database (ProQuest) Coverage ranges from behavioral, clinical, cognitive, developmental, experimental, industrial, and social psychology, along with personality, psychobiology, and psychometrics.
Public Health Database (ProQuest) coverage of a variety of disciplines including social sciences, business, and biological sciences. In addition, full-text dissertations on health services administration, international public health, maternal and child health, and occupational safety and health.
Ebook recommendation: Oxford Guide to Library Research
- Use books to learn more about your research topic, locate terms for searching, and find important researchers on the topic (inside the bibliography).
- Review our Literature Searching Tutorial for information on the types of resources recommended.
- Complete steps 2-5 on our Choosing Topics & Search Tips Tutorial to create a search plan.
- Review the tips on finding Primary Research Articles in the tabs.
- Review steps 1-4 in Using Databases and start searching Databases and Primo.
- Use Interlibrary Loan to request items from other libraries. Doctoral students utilize this service often.
- If you need more guidance, consider a research consultation with a CUW Librarian. We can even do video conferences with online students.
Use these search techniques to locate Primary Research inside databases.
- Add the following row of keywords to your search: (methods AND results) OR methodology OR “case study” OR “this study” OR “a study”. You will want to copy and paste this entire row of keywords into its own search box (see first example below).
Important! From your list of results, you will still need to examine each article to see if it is primary research.
- Filter by Document Type: on the Advanced Search page choose Case Study under Document Type or Publication Type. In ProQuest Education Journals, it looks like this:
All of these results are generally primary research articles, but not all primary research is a case study, so you will likely be missing some primary research articles on your topic by searching this way.
- In ERIC database, you can choose “Reports – All” and/or “Reports – Research” under Publication Type.
You can search for journal articles in Primo and library databases (see databases tab).
For General Instructions: Finding Journal Articles
Finding Journal Articles By Journal Title in Primo
- Open Primo Journal Title Search
- Search for the Journal’s Title
- Click on the Journal title in the search results.
- Search inside the journal for keywords on the journal page.
- Don’t be afraid to try “link to full text” or “Check for Full Text” options in databases. Items indexed in one database may be full-text in another.
- Try searching the full title in PRIMO. The item should appear on the first page of results if we have it.
- Try searching Google Scholar for the title. Look for a Full-Text @ CUW link.
- Use Inter-library Loan. Online students can request articles and individual chapters of books from other libraries delivered via email. Use this form to request items.
- Ask a Librarian for help. We have extra options we can try or recommend.
You can search for books & ebooks in Primo.
Library of Congress Call Numbers
HQ Family & Marriage
HV 40 Social Services
LB 1101 Child study
LB 1139.2 Early childhood education
LB Education Theory & Practice (Teaching & Administration)
LC Special aspects of education (Subjects, School types, types of students)
RJ 499 Child psychiatry
Reference Books are located in the short stacks in the center of the Library. How to Use Online Encyclopedias
|Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership & Administration||Ebook|
|Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Education||Ebook|
|Encyclopedia of Christian Education||REF BV1471.3 .E53 2015|
|Encyclopedia of American Education||REF LB17 .U54 2001|
|Handbook of Child life||Ebook|
|The Educated Parent 2 : Child Rearing in the 21st Century||Ebook|
We also have guides for your specific assignments in this course: Zotero. Zotero will help you keep track of your sources and can create citations for you.
Guides for setting up and using Zotero
APA Citation Style Resources
Research methods and statistics can be tough to understand. Sometimes reading an alternative explanation helps. Here are some ebooks from our collection which cover topics from this course. Search Primo for more options.
Bell, J., & Waters, S. (2014). Doing Your Research Project : A Guide for First-time Researchers.
Teo, T. (2013). Handbook of Quantitative Methods for Educational Research.