Please note--If you created accounts in any EBSCO databases, you will need to update them. Follow these VERY EASY directions from the Libraries Homepage--EBSCOHost Account and Folder Changes This will update all your databases in EBSCO, so you needn't do each one separately.
Go to the Libraries Homepage and then to the right. You can start with the Subject Guides to get an overview on your subject area. You can also search alphabetically. It's probably easier to start with the subject guides.
In addition to looking at the major Education & Psychology databases, ERIC, Education Research Complete. Public Administration Abstracts. Public Affairs Index and APA PsycInfo, consider your other options listed in the subject guides. Remember that you can search multiple databases simultaneously within database "families" (EBSCO & ProQuest) by selecting "choose databases" and then clicking OK.
For information geared to the South, please consider SREB--Southern Regional Education Board (fulltext)
Academic Search Complete A good general purpose database which searches in both scholarly and the popular press
We have an entire "family" of databases in both the EBSCO and ProQuest collections. You can search more than one database at a time by clicking on "select /choose databases". Here are a few to get you started (EBSCO)
In addition to looking at the major Education & Psychology databases, ERIC, Education Research Complete & APA PsycInfo, consider your other options. Remember that you can search multiple databases simultaneously within database "families" (EBSCO & ProQuest) by selecting "choose databases" and then clicking OK.
Web of Science only indexes scholarly materials, so you won't have to limit your results to get them. It's heavily tilted toward the "hard" sciences, but is getting increasing coverage for the social sciences as well. One of the cool features of this database is that you can sort your results by "number of times cited". This is great way to discover articles that are heavily used in your field.
If a GALILEO database doesn't have the full text of your article, these are your options:
Another good place to look for materials is in Google Scholar. Use the Libraries' Homepage find the link to Google Scholar. Entering Google Scholar through our page will link you to our holdings.
Remember: If we don't own what you need, TALK TO INTERLIBRARY LOAN. They will track down what you need ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD and get you what you need for free. NEVER PAY FOR LIBRARY MATERIALS UNTIL YOU'VE TALKED TO INTERLIBRARY LOAN. EVER.
Here is a list of some helpful Google Scholar search tips:
Most databases don't have a direct way to search for journal articles by methodology. However, a keyword search that combines a methodological term with your topic term(s) is usually effective. For example:
If this retrieves no results, try a broader methodological term:
You can search several relevant methodologies simultaneously by connecting the terms with "OR". Use an asterisk as a truncation symbol, so you can find all versions of a root word (i.e. theor* finds theory, theories, theoretical, etc.) For example:
f you have a citation in hand, the library homepage can take you to the full text. Here's how:
From the Libraries' Homepage type the JOURNAL TITLE in the E-Journals by Title search box. ALWAYS search for the title of the JOURNAL and not the article.
The resulting page will tell you if we have that title electronically,
Click the link to see what is available electronically & where & for what years
But what if you need other years, which may be in print? Go back to GIL and do the advanced search:
You've already seen the information for the online version. Here's the second entry FROM THE GIL CATALOG (NOT THE E-JOURNALS TAB)--
Click on the "Available" link to see what years we IN PRINT. It's quaint, but sometimes just what you need: