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                           LIBRARY RESOURCES for GED 500:
                                 Research Methods in Education

          Find the CSUDH Library Home Page at http://library.csudh.edu/



                                      Finding Journal Articles

   How can I find journal articles on my topic?
    Do a keyword search or a subject search in an electronic index of journal articles.
    Some indexes are general in nature and cover many academic topics. Others include
    only information in a specific subject area such as education.

   Where are the electronic journal indexes?
    Click on the Find Journal Articles & Electronic Resources button (on the left side of
    the CSUDH Library Home Page at http://library.csudh.edu/) to go to the
    Journal Articles and Electronic Information Resources page.

   Where should I look for Education journal articles?

       Subject Specific Electronic Databases:

              ERIC (citations and abstracts to educational topics; some full text)
              Education Full Text (full text education articles from peer-reviewed
                      publications)
              PsycINFO (citations and abstracts, some full-text, to scholarly
                      journals in psychology and related disciplines; many references to
                      education-related topics)

       General and Interdisciplinary Electronic Databases:

              Academic Search Premier        (selected full text; interdisciplinary)
              Elsevier Science Direct      (full text)
              JSTOR                         (full text; back runs of classic
                                               education titles)
              WilsonWeb OmniFile Full Text (selected full text; can limit to
                                                subject area Education)
              Wiley InterScience           (full text; can limit to Subject:
                                                  Education)




    Prepared by: E. Carol Dales /Library Distance Learning Coordinator ERC B-218 cdales@csudh.edu Ph: 310-243-2088 June, 2004
                      Revised by C. Bordinaro/Library Instruction Coordinator cbordinaro@csudh.edu Ph: 310-243-2084 June 2005
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                                   INTRODUCTION TO ERIC

       What is ERIC?
       Educational Resources Info. Center, U.S. Dep’t. of Education database
       provides access to education literature from 1966 to date.
       ERIC contains two types of material:
          - Journal articles: abstracts of over 1 million articles from 1000+
           professional journals, 1882 to date (ERIC Journal #s all begin with EJ)
.         - ERIC Documents: unpublished materials of all types, archived
            by ERIC; includes conference papers, books, speeches, government
            reports, teaching guides, lesson plans and other education literature.
            (Eric Documents #’s all begin with ED).
         -TIP: for assignments that require you to find JOURNAL ARTICLES only,
               limit your results (under the “Refine Search” tab) to Journal articles to
               eliminate unwanted ED results)

 Does ERIC include any full text journal articles?
    Yes, but currently only 10-20% of the records for journal articles provide actual links
    to full text.

 How to Do an Article Search on the ADVANCED SEARCH SCREEN:
       ERIC is not case sensitive.
       Write down the most important key word or words that describe your topic.
        Whenever possible, list synonyms for each word. The resulting words and /or
        phrases are your search terms.
       Type a word or phrase into the top Find box that describes what you are looking
        for: e.g.: cooperative learning

 How can I get fewer results (narrow my search)?

       type another word or phrase into the second Find box to tell the ERIC software
        more about what you need:
             e.g.: mathematics
                Leave the small dropdown box to the left of your search set
                 to AND. Your search then becomes:
                     cooperative learning AND mathematics
                This narrows your search (fewer results) because
                 both words or phrases you enter must be present in all results.

                    AND is a connector word (sometimes called a Boolean operator).
                    Use AND for any search to combine multiple concepts.



    Prepared by: E. Carol Dales /Library Distance Learning Coordinator ERC B-218 cdales@csudh.edu Ph: 310-243-2088 June, 2004
                      Revised by C. Bordinaro/Library Instruction Coordinator cbordinaro@csudh.edu Ph: 310-243-2084 June 2005
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         Limit your results, as needed, to a particular journal title or date range or to full
          text, or to journal articles only, by clicking in the boxes below your search (just
          below the “Refine Search” tab).

         Choose an appropriate Field Code from the All Fields drop-list on each line you use.
             For example, to search for the subject “active learning”, enter it in
             the Find field, and select SU-Subject. Ebsco software will then search
             only the Subject field of each record.

         Use the connector word NOT (also a Boolean operator) to exclude unwanted
          terms.
               NOT will narrow or limit your search (fewer results) because the excluded
               word must not be present in results: Saturn NOT automobile

 How can I get more results (expand my search)?

              Use a truncation symbol e.g.: child* retrieves records with child, child’s,
                                           children, etc.
              Use a wild card symbol e.g.: wom?n retrieves woman or women

         Add synonyms to your search with OR:
           e.g.: Cooperative learning OR active learning OR problem based learning
              (type all related OR terms on one line)
              This broadens the search (more results) because any one (but possibly more
                than one, or all) of the words or phrases you specify may be present in
                results.

                 OR is a connector word or Boolean operator, just like AND (see p. 2 above).

             Expand your search to include related words (synonyms and plurals),
               by checking the appropriate box on the right hand side of the screen.

             Check your search terms for correct and alternate spellings and typos.

       Reduce the number of concepts you are using, e.g. if you are searching
              for three concepts, try just searching for two.




   Prepared by: E. Carol Dales /Library Distance Learning Coordinator ERC B-218 cdales@csudh.edu Ph: 310-243-2088 June, 2004
                     Revised by C. Bordinaro/Library Instruction Coordinator cbordinaro@csudh.edu Ph: 310-243-2084 June 2005
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 Summary of Advanced Search Screen searching in ERIC:

        Enter your search terms in one or more Find fields.
        Choose an appropriate Field Code from the All Fields drop-list on each line you use.
        Enter additional search terms in the optional search fields. Use the * (truncation
         symbol) and the ? (wild card) symbols as required.
        Connect multiple search terms with Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) to create a
         very broad or a very narrow search. Use the drop-lists to the left
         of each optional text box to select the appropriate operator to connect terms.
        Put all OR search terms that belong together (e.g. speech OR language OR rhetoric
         OR verbal communication) into the same Find box on the same line.

 Viewing the Results of a Search:

   After entering your search terms and parameters, click the Search button.
   The Result List will appear in table format listed by date with the most recent
    first.

   (Optional) You can click on the     icon to the right of each result to collect all of
    the best results from searches for viewing/saving/printing in a folder.

   Each record in the Result List includes an abstract with search terms highlighted in
    bold italicized type. Here are three different possible options,
    at least one of which will be offered on the last line of each record:

    1.      Linked Full Text --EBSCOhost ERIC provides links to Full Text articles from
         electronic journals and other EBSCO databases to which we subscribe. The Check
         Linked Full Text Sources link indicates that although the article itself does not
         appear in ERIC, it does appear in another EBSCOhost journal index,
         Once you have clicked on Check Linked Full Text Sources and clicked on
         the title of the article, you will see either EBSCOhost’s reproduction of the
         article or a link to the full text (sometimes you must click several links).

    2.                        appears after articles for which the ERIC database itself
       includes only a citation and abstract, in other words, full text is not included in the
       journal index! However, full text MAY appear in hard copy somewhere in the
       Library OR in a completely different journal index. Click to find out!
    3. Full text from EDRS --(Eric Document Reproduction Service)—clicking on this
       phrase takes you either directly to the document OR to the EDRS E*Subscribe
       page where you can click on View the Document at the top of the screen. Either
       way, the only way to see the resulting document is to view, save or print it from
       within Adobe Acrobat software that you already have installed on your computer.



    Prepared by: E. Carol Dales /Library Distance Learning Coordinator ERC B-218 cdales@csudh.edu Ph: 310-243-2088 June, 2004
                      Revised by C. Bordinaro/Library Instruction Coordinator cbordinaro@csudh.edu Ph: 310-243-2084 June 2005
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         Please note: if you are accessing an EDRS document from an off-campus
         computer, you MAY also be prompted for a user name (csudh) and password
         (ericdocs)
         If no full text is available online, ask for the microfiche for that ERIC document
         at the Information / Reference Desk on the second floor of the Library.

        Remember:
            An ERIC record with an EJ number is an article in a journal.
              An ERIC record with an ED number is a miscellaneous document
             that is not a journal article

 Why and how should I Use the ERIC Thesaurus?

             When you are not sure of the correct descriptor (subject heading) for the
              topic you are investigating, the Thesaurus will help you find it.
                 o Click the Thesaurus button on the main toolbar at the top of the screen.
                 o In the box below the green Thesaurus tab, type a term for which you
                     would like to identify a subject heading into the Browse box and click
                     beside the Alphabetical or Relevancy Ranked radio buttons.
                 o Click the Browse button.
                 o You will see a scope note that defines the term as used in the database,
                     as well as a list of narrower, broader and related terms.
                     You can click directly on these terms, check the boxes beside them to
                     search a combination of terms or cut and paste them into the search
                     screen where you are working.

        How can I find research studies using a specific method of inquiry?

    Add any of the following subject headings (descriptors) to your search to locate
    materials related to a specific research method:
        Case Studies                               Ethnography
        Field Studies                              Focus Groups
        Interviews                                 Participant Observation
        Qualitative Research                       Statistical Analysis

    To find research studies that use one of these methods, type the one you want into the
    Find box and set the Field Codes box to SU_Subject.




     Prepared by: E. Carol Dales /Library Distance Learning Coordinator ERC B-218 cdales@csudh.edu Ph: 310-243-2088 June, 2004
                       Revised by C. Bordinaro/Library Instruction Coordinator cbordinaro@csudh.edu Ph: 310-243-2084 June 2005
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          How can I find a specific article when I already have the
           citation?
       If you think the article might be in ERIC, search for it by entering
       
       information you already have into the ERIC Find boxes.
  e.g.: Find an article entitled “Cooperative Learning and Critical Thinking” by James
  Cooper in the Vol. 22, No 1, Feb., 1995 issue of Teaching of Psychology:
        - type cooperative learning into the top “Find” text box
        -click the dropdown box to the right to read TI Title.
        -click the dropdown box at the beginning of the second line to read And
         -type Cooper James in the “Find” text box on the second line
         -click the dropdown box at the end of the second line to read AU Author.
        -type the journal title into the “Limit your Results” section under Journal
        -click the Search button.
  If you’re not sure which journal index contains the journal, look in the “CSUDH
         Journals List”:
        - go to the CSUDH Library web site at http://library.csudh.edu/
        - click on the red Find Journals & Electronic Resources button.
         -click the Find a Specific Journal (CSUDH Journals List) button (3rd
          button down in row on LH side of screen),
        -type the name of the journal into the Find box.

THE CSUDH Journals list page will always tell you whether we have a
full text copy of a journal, and will lead you to whichever journal indexes
contain full text, as well as to print and microfilm if we have it.



 What if the CSUDH Library does NOT carry in any form a
     specific journal or book that I need?
    You can either:
       click the Find Books at Other Libraries button on the CSUDH University Library
         Catalog web page and check for holdings at other academic or large public libraries
          you can visit in person: CSU libraries (Pharos), UC libraries(Melvyl) or look on the
                                 Southern California Libraries website
                                     OR
         submit an Interlibrary Loan request at the Reference Desk on the second floor
            of the Library or use the online ILL form (click the Library Services button,
            then the Interlibrary Loan button) to submit an electronic request for an
            article or a book.
         A photocopy or electronic copy of that article or the book itself will be obtained
            from another university, but may take as long as a month to arrive).


     Prepared by: E. Carol Dales /Library Distance Learning Coordinator ERC B-218 cdales@csudh.edu Ph: 310-243-2088 June, 2004
                       Revised by C. Bordinaro/Library Instruction Coordinator cbordinaro@csudh.edu Ph: 310-243-2084 June 2005
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How can I use the Library’s databases when I’m off-campus?
   Open the CSUDH Library web site at http://library.csudh.edu/
  1. (If connecting for the first time, click the yellow “What you need to connect from
     home button and read the “How to access…” page)
  2. Click on the red Find Journals & Electronic Resources button.
  3. Click on the Alphabetical List or Subject List button.
  4.     After clicking on the link for the index you want to access, you will see the Authorization
        screen (see below); enter your first name last name and the 14-digit barcode number from
        your CSUDH photo ID card and click the Login button.

        You must already have registered as a CSUDH Library user, either in person
        or online, for the Login to work. Online registration takes at least 5 days.




       Welcome to CSU Dominguez Hills                   What is a barcode number:
       The resources you have requested                 -- if you have a CSUDH ID or CSUDH
       are restricted.                                     Library ID of any type, the barcode is the
                                                           14 digit number starting with 20550
                                                           followed by an additional 9 digits (in most
       Please enter:
                                                           cases your social security number or
         Your Name (Example: Jane Smith)
                                                           student number) e.g. 20550342156744

                                                        -- if you DO NOT have an ID card enter 20550
                                                           followed by your social security number
                                                           (e.g. 20550345629967). Do not use spaces
         Numeric characters of CSUDH ID                    or hyphens.
       barcode number
         (omit initial letter A and trailing letter     NOTE: Your barcode ID Number will only work
       B)                                                    if you are registered in the Library Patron
                                                             Database. If you have checked out books
                                                             from the Library you are automatically
                                                             registered.

        Login




  Prepared by: E. Carol Dales /Library Distance Learning Coordinator ERC B-218 cdales@csudh.edu Ph: 310-243-2088 June, 2004
                    Revised by C. Bordinaro/Library Instruction Coordinator cbordinaro@csudh.edu Ph: 310-243-2084 June 2005
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    Internet Searching-try Google: www.google.com
             Google uses sophisticated text-matching techniques to find pages both important and
             relevant to your search. When Google analyzes a page, it looks at what the pages
             linking to that page have to say about it. It also assigns higher relevance to pages in
             which your query terms appear near each other.
              Google only includes pages in your results that include all of your keywords.
              Google assumes that you are placing the operator "and" between your search
              terms to combine them.
               Search for complete phrases by enclosing them in quotation marks.
                  Searching for phrases in quotation marks will return all pages containing exactly
                  the words in quotation marks in the exact order you entered them.
      Browse by specific subject area on the Google Directory page by clicking the
         “Directory” tab. For example, if you go to the directory page and click on "Education"
         (under “Reference”), you’ll see lists of categories, each of which you can search
         within.
      Google's Preferences Page allows you to:
         -receive unfiltered results (the default is “moderate filtering”).
         -adjust the number of results per page upward (the default is 10)
         -restrict results by language (the default is 30+ languages)
       Google's Advanced Search Page allows you to:
                  -limit your search to a specific web domain e.g.: .edu
                -restrict your search to pages in a given language
                -tweak your search so it meets your needs!
       Google's Language Tools Page allows you to:
                  -translate pages or passages in a language you don’t know

 Link to new locations of material formerly in ERIC Clearinghouses:
               http://www.resourceshelf.com/comps/eric.htm

 Educator’s Reference Desk (formerly AskEric): 2000 lesson plans, 3000 pointers to
      education information & organizations, and 200 question archives.

 Education Week: http://www.edweek.org/
      - weekly online resource for current trends and topics in education.
      - includes "special reports" section that discusses trends and research
      - has full text articles are online (note that you must register (FREE!) in the
          upper LH corner of the Home Page before gaining access to all page content).




           Prepared by: E. Carol Dales /Library Distance Learning Coordinator ERC B-218 cdales@csudh.edu Ph: 310-243-2088 June, 2004
                             Revised by C. Bordinaro/Library Instruction Coordinator cbordinaro@csudh.edu Ph: 310-243-2084 June 2005

								
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