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New Research Guides and Help Finding Journals

September 18, 2009

If you look to the right of this blog post, you’ll see that the list of Research Guides & More is starting to flush out a bit, and there are more to come, including a Wyoming history research guide for the fourth grade and whatever else you may need for your students.

I have had a few teachers and staff members drop by occasionally looking for help locating journal articles, and so I thought I’d post a few tips in case they are helpful to others. If you would like further help, please don’t hesitate to stop by, and I’d be glad to assist you.

For education, your number one go-to place is ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), a database maintained by the U.S. Department of Education. A growing number of articles in ERIC are available in full-text for free, but if you find one that isn’t but looks useful, we may well be able to locate it for you in a library database.

The library’s Research page is your portal to all our databases. If you are inside the school, you should be able to get to them directly. If you want to search from home, you’ll need your library card number and PIN.

I recommend starting with EBSCO. After clicking on that link, choose “EBSCOHost Web,” and then check the databases you would like to search. Academic Search Elite will have the most articles available full-text. The Teacher Reference Center is an abstract-only database, but again, we may be able to get the full article.

These resources are not all very easy to use, and they often take practice. If you are stuck or frustrated, please let me know — I would be happy to set up appointments with you during your planning periods or whenever else is convenient for you.

In the meantime, though, have a great weekend!

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