This guide is designed to teach Doctorate of Education LICI program students 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)
Getting Started Guides
As a new student at CUW, there are a few new resources and procedures to learn.
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.
- Review 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.
- 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.
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
Academic Search engine which includes some dissertations
- Search for books & ebooks: Primo Search
- For more information on book collections: Finding Books & Ebooks
- Books about writing a dissertation
- Books about Servant Leadership
- Need help using ebooks? Try this video
Trying to determine if an article is published in a peer-reviewed journal?
- 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):
2. Check the journal’s website for a description of the
Find Journal Articles By Journal Title
Guide for academic writing: Writing With Sources
We recommend all graduate students use a citation manager like Zotero: