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EDG LICI Research Seminars

Welcome to this Program Guide.

Audience: CUW doctoral students in EDG 9040-9110: Research Seminars 1-4 in the Doctorate of Education LICI program. 

Students will learn basic and advanced library searching skills necessary for success. 

Help Available: If you need help finding resources, please contact librarians at Ask a Librarian or on the Library Tab in the CUW Portal (phone, email, chat)

How to Use:  Start from the top and read all the tabs in order. Once you have completed the tutorial, return to specific tabs as needed.


APA Citation Style Guide 6th ed.

As a new student at CUW, there are a few new resources and procedures to learn.
1. Start Here: CUW Library Getting Started Guide
2. For more information about finding, accessing, and renewing library materials: Finding Books Finding Journal Articles

Access your Library Account (VIDEO)

Read Ebooks (VIDEO)

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. 

Databases are organized by subject area. For additional options, see Databases A-Z List.

Databases are the largest, and recommended as a place to start searching. If you are not finding your specific topic area, try one of the other database options within the subject area.  

Education Specific

Education Source (EBSCOhost) This database provides scholarly research. 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.

Education Database (ProQuest) Literature and articles on primary, secondary, and higher education as well as special education, home schooling and adult education.

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.

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.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection (EBSCOhost) extensive 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, observational and experimental methods, psychiatry and psychology, child and adolescent psychology and various areas of counseling plus many more. Content Includes more than 530 full-text journals and nearly 350 full-text journals with citations in PsycINFO.

Psychology Database (ProQuest) Abstracts and indexing for more than 640 titles over 540 titles full text. Coverage ranges from behavioral, clinical, cognitive, developmental, experimental, industrial and social psychology, along with personality, psychobiology and psychometrics.

Health Care Specific

CINAHL Complete (EBSCOhost) 4,000 journals, and provides additional nursing and allied health research material including health care books, select conference proceedings, evidence-based care sheet and quick lesson disease overviews.

Health Management Database (ProQuest) Includes key journals, dissertations and theses for a wide range of topics including hospitals, insurance, law, statistics, business management, personnel management, ethics, health economics, and public health administration plus reports from Business Monitor International.

Health & Medical Collection (ProQuest) Combines clinical research titles available in ProQuest Medical Library with hundreds of additional consumers and health administration titles.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (EBSCOhost-provided by Badgerlink) – Provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines.

Business Specific

ABI/INFORM Collection (ProQuest) (Includes: ABI/INFORM Dateline; ABI/INFORM Global; ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry) – Also adds access to 65+ EIU Country Finance and Country Forecast Reports; Business Monitor International Reports, First Research Reports – 1,300+ more reports, EIU World Commodity reports, & 700 full text case studies. Includes full text access to The Wall Street Journal.

Business Source Complete (EBSCOhost) Comprehensive full-text coverage plus indexing  for  scholarly business journals covering all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, accounting, banking, finance, and more.

Use these search techniques to locate Primary Research inside databases and PRIMO.

  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.

 Proquest research search

  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

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.   

Looking for other dissertations? References from recently published dissertations can provide the latest research and research methods. Authors are more and more sharing their dissertations online or are available through university online repositories. 

However, remember that dissertation quality can vary significantly.  

Open Access Search Tools

ProQuest Open Access Search for Theses and Dissertations

Open Access Search for Theses and Dissertations 

UK Theses and Dissertations Search

Theses and Dissertations Search from Center for Research Libraries

Semantic Scholar
Academic Search engine which includes some dissertations

Search Primo for books on your research topic. For more information: Finding Books

Search for “Dissertations, Academic – Authorship” for books about writing dissertations.


Search for eBooks inside one of our eBook databases:

Ebook Central
EBSCO eBooks


Trying to determine if an article is published in a  peer- reviewed journal?

  1. Click on the journal title in the database record to open the journal’s page (you may have to click a more or show all link to see peer-reviewed status):

Journal page in database

2. Check the journal’s website for a description of the
editing processeditorial guidelines from the journal's website.

Instructions for 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

Or click a database link that matches the year of the journal you need. Don’t see the year? Request the article via inter-library loan.

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 recommend all graduate students use a citation manager like Zotero:

Zotero image with text

Guides for setting up and using Zotero

Zotero Getting Started Guide
Zotero Citations and Bibliographies

 APA Citation Style Resources

APA Citation Style Guide
U of Washington APA Guide

Video Tutorials

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