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Student Learning Outcomes (Databases & Search Tips)
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.
Where to Start
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! :)
Education Research Complete Includes all levels of education and specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing. Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 1840 journals, as well as full text for more than 950 journals, many books, and conference papers.
ERIC (EBSCOhost) Provides citations to millions of journal articles, books, and reports in the education field, including a growing collection of links to full-text. Includes citations to educational and general psychology literature.
Professional Development Collection Provides a highly specialized collection of electronic information especially for professional educators, professional librarians and education researchers including nearly 520 high quality education journals. This database also contains more than 200 educational reports.
Psychology Database Full-text coverage from top psychology and related publications.
PsycINFO Abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations. Contains over 2.5 million citations and summaries dating as far back as the early 1800s. Journal coverage includes material selected from more than 2,200 periodicals in more than 27 languages.
SPORTDiscus with Full Text Full text for sports & sports medicine journals, providing full text from more than 415 journals.
Teacher Reference Center Articles, abstracts and book chapters for K-12 teachers and librarians.
Business Focused Databases
Business Source Premier Full text for more than 2,100 business discipline journals is provided back to 1965, and searchable cited references back to 1998.
ScienceDirect Covers authoritative titles from the core scientific literature.
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?