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A beginner's guide to educational research.
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Quick Search for Education

Find It! in Education attempts to search multiple education and related resources (like ERIC, PsycINFO, Teacher Reference Center, Education Complete, and more). . For best results, follow these simple tips:

  • Use only keywords. For example, if you want to research the relationship between high-stakes testing and student achievement, the keywords are high-stakes tests and student achievement
  • Put phrases (and only phrases) in quotes. For example: "high-stakes tests" and "student achievement"
  • Put the word and in between each of your keywords: "high-stakes tests" and "student achievement"

Experiment with different combinations of keywords. For example, "academic achievement" is another phrase for student achievement, and "No Child Left Behind" is a phrase that represents high-stakes testing, so another search to get at the same information might be: "academic achievement" and "No Child Left Behind".

After your search, you will find numerous ways to filter your results on the left side of the result screen.  Some of the most popular are to limit to library catalog items, limit to full text, or limit by date.


Search Keyword Builder

Use this Keyword Builder courtesy of North Carolina State Libraries to make your own search string to copy and paste into the Find It in Education! search box or another database.

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