Research Help for Education Undergraduates
Using Education Databases
Choosing a Database:
- UT Libraries subscribes to many databases that can help you with your research.
- Databases that cover a broad range of education topics are a great place to start your search. ERIC and Education Source are examples of this type of database.
- For more specialized research, try searching in a more specialized database. Click here to see which databases you should use.
General Search Tips:
- Rather than searching your topic as a phrase (preschool math programs as preparation for elementary school) separate important concepts onto their own lines or search bars and connect them with ANDs.
- On each search line, use ORs to connect synonyms. This will expand your search.
- Use an * to truncate your search terms (math* will search math, mathematics, and mathematical).
- Pay attention to the subject terms listed below each result. Using these terms can help refine your search.
- Look for the option to limit your results to “peer reviewed” sources (scholarly/academic journals).
Managing and Citing Your Sources
- It is important to keep track of the resources you use so that you can cite them in your final project.
- Many databases allow you to create a free account and create project folders. This is a great way to keep track of the resources you find. Check out the video below to learn how to manage your sources in EbscoHost.
- There are many software options for creating and organizing citations. Click here to learn which citation manager is right for you.
Other Useful Guides
Quoting and Paraphrasing
Use this interactive tutorial to learn more about when and how to quote or paraphrase your sources: