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.