Use the links in the "Spotlighted Scholarly Journals" box to search within journals to find an article on your topic.
Use the links from the "Databases" box below to search for articles on your topic. Use the following approaches:
The ERIC thesaurus is a tool that allows the user to determine the best search terms to use for a given search. For example, ERIC does not recognize "elementary students" as a major search term. It prefers "Elementary School Students." It does not recognize "writing theory" as a search term; it prefers, for example, "writing process movement." It does recognize "writing across the curriculum" and "writing assessment." But it prefers "writing development" over "writing acquisition." (The MLA Bibliography also has a thesaurus.)
You can get results using "natural language," that is, your own search terms, but the use of the database's preferred terms tends to yield results that are more targeted.
Use “Advanced Search” to build your searches. Put each concept into its own search box.
Use quotation marks when searching for specific phrases.
If you're not getting back enough results, add synonyms or related terms to each box using “OR.”
If you can’t think of additional keywords, do a general Google search for your term or use the database's thesaurus or index to find related terms.
If you're getting back too many results, use the database thesaurus or subject index to search for the most relevant results.
Not sure if a particular journal is peer-reviewed? Check out Ulrichsweb. This database (also found in the A-Z database list from "Quick Links" on the library website) provides detailed information on publications. Look for the referee icon to indicate it is a peer-reviewed journal.
The black and white “ref jersey” icon below indicates that Higher Education is a peer-reviewed journal, but Education Week is not.