Education Research Complete Demonstration


This video provides a demonstration of a library
database search in Education Research Complete. Search strategies including keyword selection,
use of Boolean connectors, and tools to limit and focus research results will be demonstrated
and explained. First, what is a library database? Simply, it is a collection of full-text resources
including articles from academic journals, magazines and newspapers, books and reference
books that is searchable using keywords. Performing a keyword search will retrieve
full-text versions of resources giving you immediate access to the information you need
for your research assignment. Before beginning a search, spend some time
thinking of key words that express the concepts or ideas that you want to have present in
an article. For example, consider this research question:
Does an infant’s attachment to a parent or caregiver contribute to healthy brain development? Extract the main ideas and make a list of
key words such as infants, brain development, and attachment. Because we are searching full text, it is
good to consider alternative terms for your concepts. For example, the concept of infant can also
be described as babies, toddlers, “young children,” and even “early childhood.” Once you have logged into the database, enter
your key words in the search textbox at the top of the page or use the advanced search
option to allow for a more tailored search that will give you better results. Click on the advanced search link below the
main text box to use this option. The advanced search option provides you with
a worksheet to plan your search. Use each row of text boxes to enter keywords
that describe a single concept needed in the article. In our research example the first concept
is infants. You can add synonyms that describe the same
concept by using the word “or” between each term. For example, including the terms babies, toddlers,
“young children” and “early childhood” will retrieve any article that includes at
least one of those terms. Also, note that you will get better results
if you enclose multiple word terms, such as Young children in quotation marks to keep
those words together in your search. Use the second row to enter terms describing
the second concept, attachment. Other terms describing this concept are relationships
and, even, interaction. Finally, use the third row to enter terms
that describe the third concept, brain development. Note that some articles may use the term “neural
development” so including that may be helpful as well. Each row of boxes is connected with the “and”
connector. Using the “and” connector requires that
two or more concepts must be in the same article to appear in the results list. In this example, the concepts of infants,
attachment and brain development must all be in the same article in order for it to
be retrieved from the database. Before clicking the search button, check the
full text box and, if needed, check the peer-reviewed journal box if the assignment requires only
scholarly or academic journal articles to be used. This search has retrieved 56 articles. Use the tools on the left side of the page
to limit these results. First limit your results to articles published
within the last five to ten years by either dragging the arrow along this bar to the desired
date range or by entering a date range. This has reduced the list to 22 articles. Scroll through the list and click on the PDF
or HTML links below the titles to view articles in full text. You can use tools on the right hand of the
page to print, email, or save a copy. For help on this topic and more check out
our Answers database where you can search our frequently asked questions or chat with
a Rasmussen librarian.

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