Searching as Strategic Exploration
SLO: Students will be able to match information needs and search strategies to appropriate search tools.
SLO: Students will be able to manage searching processes and results effectively.
The Education-focused databases listed in the next column are recommended starting points for your research. They are not the only options, though, so if you're not finding what you need, explore the complete list of databases in the A-Z List. Or ask a Librarian! :)
Google Scholar is another search tool you can use to find articles. Scholar indexes scholarly, peer-reviewed articles, but note that many are not available full-text.
SMSU has it set up so that if you search in the databases, but it's not full-text in any of our databases, we'll recommend looking in Google Scholar. If you start your search in Google Scholar instead of the databases and you're on campus, you'll see a similar function in Google Scholar as we have it set up to push back to our databases if we have it full-text there. You'll see the "search for full-text" link in the right-hand column. Unfortunately, this functionality doesn't work off-campus. That's why I would recommend beginning your search in the databases; you'll find many more full-text articles there and/or be able to quickly and easily submit an Interlibrary Loan Request.
So knowing that the article might be full-text in the database or you could interlibrary loan a copy, you'd never purchase an article, right?