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EDG/EFL 515 Research Methods

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

APA Citation Style Guide

Education Guide
Child & Family Life Guide


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.

Find Tests and Measures In ERIC 2018 (PDF)

ERIC Document Reproduction Service (EDRS) Provides access to 80% of ERIC Documents (ED) from 1993 to the present. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the full documents.

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.

Database Tutorials

Using Databases Guide


Ebook recommendation: Oxford Guide to Library Research

  1. Use books to learn more about your research topic, locate terms for searching, and find important researchers on the topic (inside the bibliography). 
  2. Review our Literature Searching Tutorial for information on the types of resources recommended.
  3.  Complete steps 2-5 on our Choosing Topics & Search Tips Tutorial to create a search plan.
  4. Review the tips on finding Primary Research Articles in the tabs.
  5. Review steps 1-4 in Using Databases and start searching Databases and Primo.
  6. Use Interlibrary Loan to request items from other libraries. Doctoral students utilize this service often.
  7. 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.

  1. 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.

Advanced Search in ProQuest with added keywords 

  1. 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:

ProQuest advanced search document type: case study

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.

  1. In ERIC database, you can choose “Reports – All” and/or “Reports – Research” under Publication Type

reports publication type in ERIC database

You can search for journal articles in Primo and library databases (see databases tab).

For General Instructions: Finding Journal Articles

Find a Specific Article

Finding Journal Articles By Journal Title in Primo

  1. Open  Primo Journal Title Search
  2. Search for the Journal’s TitlePrimo Journal Title Search Box
  3. Click on the Journal title in the search results.
  4. Search inside the journal for keywords on the journal page.

Search Inside this journal search box

Whether you find a citation in a bibliography of sources or are recommended a resource by a professor, doctoral students often need to locate items by citation or request materials not owned by CUW Library.
Here are some tips:
  1. 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.
  2. Try searching the full title in PRIMO. The item should appear on the first page of results if we have it.
  3. Try searching Google Scholar for the title. Look for a Full-Text @ CUW link.
  4. 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. 
  5. Ask a Librarian for help. We have extra options we can try or recommend.
NOTE: If you are located near the Metro Milwaukee area, you are welcome to pick up SWITCH materials and use, checkout, and return physical items at the other SWITCH Libraries. SWITCH library locations span the west, south, and north-east parts of the Milwaukee area. 
Another option is public university libraries near your home.   

You can search for books & ebooks in Primo.


For General Instructions: FINDING BOOKS
Find a Specific Book or Chapter

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             Pediatrics
RJ 499     Child psychiatry


Ebook Central
EBSCO eBooks

Reference Books

Reference Books are located in the short stacks in the center of the Library. How to Use Online Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership & AdministrationEbook
Encyclopedia of Early Childhood EducationEbook
Encyclopedia of Christian EducationREF BV1471.3 .E53 2015
Encyclopedia of American EducationREF LB17 .U54 2001
Handbook of Child lifeEbook
The Educated Parent 2 :  Child Rearing in the 21st CenturyEbook

Writing Resources

The library does not help with grammar, mechanics, or citations, however, we can provide advice on choosing the correct source type for your citations and give advice on how to best use your sources or identify gaps in your argument or research.
Guide for academic writing: Writing With Sources
We also have guides for your specific assignments in this course: We recommend all graduate students use a citation manager like Zotero. Zotero will help you keep track of your sources and can create citations for you.
Zotero image with text

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.

Ayiro, L. P. (2012). A Functional Approach to Educational Research Methods and Statistics : Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches.

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

Video Tutorials

Click on the video and the CC icon for captions. 


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