Answered By: Celita Ávila
Last Updated: Nov 10, 2015     Views: 63

Never fear, the librarian is here!

From our library home page, click on the Education link under "Articles and Reference." These are the databases which will give you articles on any topic in education. The specific resource I would recommend is Education Research Complete. Another database you can use is Academic Search Complete, also available from the library's home page under All Topics. Both tools work the same way. Off-campus access requires your ACES username and your BANNER ID number.

Here are a few screenshots to show you how to search for a sample topic, limit your search results to full-text "peer reviewed" for specific years AND get you to the article's correct citation - APA, MLA, etc.

1. First things first. What are you researching? Get a list of basic keywords. For instance, if you're looking for articles about preventing high school dropouts, you might search for:

high school dropouts

high school students AND dropout rates

high school dropouts AND prevention


2. After you get a list of search results (hits) then you can "Refine Results" on the left side. Select 3 things:

Full Text

Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals

More recent publication date (within 5 years works well!)

3. You should now have a workable number of search results to look through. Click on the blue linked titles to see an abstract or summary of the article. Click on the Full Text links to get the whole thing!

4. Now for the citation. When you click on the blue linked title for an article, you'll see the summary, but look for other tools on the right hand side. One of these is for citations: Cite.

Also pay attention to the "subject terms" listed under your article's summary. Use THESE keywords to find more articles about your topic!


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Celita Ávila

SAC Librarian

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