Education Source Database UAPTC

Hi, welcome to our video on finding articles for education research in the Education Source database. Let’s begin by going to the UA-Pulaski Technical College homepage: Once you’re on the UA-PTC website, mouse over Current Students and look under Tools for Success. Click on the UA-PTC Libraries link to go to
the library’s website. Links to education resources for research, can be found by clicking on the LibGuides link. This takes you to the UA-PTC Libraries LibGuides page, where you can find research guides on a variety of subject areas. Let’s click on the “Allied Health & Human
Services” guide. Now select the “Education” tab. Look in the left column and find the Recommended Databases box. Click on the link for “Education Source.” If you are off campus you will need to log
in using your PTC Portal User Name and Password. You will now see the database’s Basic search screen. Let’s say you are doing research on “cognitive development”. Put these words in quotation marks so that the database will search for these words as a phrase. Before you click on the search button, take a look at a couple of options to limit your results. Check the “Full Text” box to make sure that you only find full articles and not just their citation information. Checking the “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals” box will limit your results to articles written by experts in the particular
field (in this case, education). This option will take out any magazine, newspaper, or other types of sources. Once you have both boxes checked click on the green “Search” button. Now you can see that we have more than 3,000 articles. To limit our results use the Refine Results
options on the left side. Limit the publication date to the last five
years by pulling the left date bar over to the right. Now the list of articles is reduced to about 600. If we scroll a little further down through the Refine Results limiters, we can click on “Subject” to choose from a number of
topics mentioned within our existing articles list. If we want to look at articles discussing cognitive development research, we can click on the box next to that option. Now we have our list down to a manageable number of articles, so we can start looking at them. Let’s take a look at the first article. You will see the article’s citation information listed, but keep in mind it is not in any particular citation format. To see the full text of the article click
on the PDF Full Text view of the article. PDF articles usually take a little longer to load, because they are actually scanned versions of the original documents they came from. You can print or save this article by moving your mouse over the top of the PDF view to get the icons to appear. Then click on the print icon in the far right
tool bar to print the article’s citation information in your preferred format, (in
this case, APA). You can also download or email articles by clicking on this icon. In addition to viewing this PDF article, you
can also view other articles published in that particular journal or magazine issue by looking under the “Full Text Contents” heading on the left side of the screen and selecting an article from the list. This can be very helpful if all of the articles in that issue are about the same topic. You can also choose to view articles from
another issue of that same magazine. Once you are finished looking at this article, you can go back to your original list by clicking on Results List. A few articles are available in HTML Full Text view. Sometimes this will be the only view available, or as with article #2 in our results list, some articles will have both HTML and PDF full text options. When you click on HTML, you will see basic citation information at the top, followed by a “listen” option which will let you
listen to the article being read right on your screen. As you scroll through the article, you will notice that it is just plain text without any of the images or page numbers, so they must be cited differently if you are quoting them in a paper. If you decide you would like a copy of this article, the print, email, and save options are located on the right side of the screen
under Tools. Let’s click on the “email” link. In addition to emailing a copy of the article itself you can choose your preferred citation style before you hit Send. Keep in mind that you will want to double
check this citation to make sure it is correct. This concludes our tutorial on Education Source. Please contact UA-PTC Libraries if you have any questions.

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