EDG LICI Research Seminars

EDG LICI Research Seminars

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)

LICI Program Databases

Doctoral Student Orientation

Find Primary Research Articles

Citation Help

Getting Started Guides

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: Find Books & Ebooks & Find Journal Articles
  3. Watch this short video about library accounts

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.
  5. Review 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. 
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

  • Need help using ebooks? Try this video


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.

Find Journal Articles By Journal Title

  1. Open   Primo Journal Title Search
  2. Search for the Journal’s Title
  3. Click on the Journal Title in the search results.
  4. Search inside the journal for keywords on the journal page OR browse by year, volume, or issue in the database. Don’t see the year you need? 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:

Setting up and using Zotero

 APA Citation Style Resources

Video Tutorials