Education Source

In this tutorial I will show you how to perform
a basic keyword search in the Education Source database. I will be searching Education Source
in the EBSCO interface. Continue watching this tutorial after the
search results to see more in-depth details on Education Source, and on refining a search
in the EBSCO interface. Located under the title of the database, “Education
Source,” are the search boxes I will use. The main concept I am interested in is tablet
computers in education, specifically, research on tablets and teaching reading. I could use
a specific keyword such as iPad, but this will prematurely limit my search results since
researchers may have used other words in their research like tablet, or smartphone. In the
first search box I will type in, “tablet OR iPad OR smartphone.” Typing “OR” in uppercase
is not required by the EBSCO interface, but it serves as a more noticeable divider between
synonyms. Now I am going to search for the next concept, teaching, in the search box
below the first. I am going to leave the dropdown menu set to “AND” because I only want search
results that are about both tablets and teaching. I am going to enter the word “teach*.” The
asterisk at the end of word tells the database that any word starting with teach (such as
teachers, teaching, etc.) will be acceptable to me. Since my true interest is in tablets
and teaching reading, I am going to enter “read*” in the third search box. I have used
the three search boxes to separate my keywords into the three main concepts of my research
interest, tablets, teaching, and reading. If I needed more search boxes I could add
them using the “+” button adjacent to the third search box.
Under the “Search Options” heading is the “Limit your results” subheading. Within this
subheading I am going to limit my search to “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals” by checking
off the box. If I don’t check off this box before my search, I can use the search limiters
available to me after the search. I am now going to click the “Search” button
adjacent to the first search box. To see the results of my search I have to
scroll down the page past the heading “Search History/Alerts” that has been created by my
searching. For more details on limiting your search results
and on the Education Source database continue watching this tutorial.
To further refine my search I can use the options in the column under the “Refine Results”
heading. For example, I can use the Publication Date slider to narrow my search results to
articles published since 2009. Adjacent to the “Search Results” heading are
some drop down menus that are helpful as well. I can change the ordering of my search results
by clicking on the “Relevance” dropdown menu and changing it to one of the other options
such as, “Date Newest,” which will put the most recent publications at the top of my
search list. The default setting, “Relevance” means that the search engine privileges elements
of the article’s entry in the database over others. For example, if one of my keywords
matches a word in the title of an article, that article will be more relevant and thus
closer to the top of my results list than an article in which one of my keywords only
matches a word somewhere in the full-text of an article.
Under the “Share” dropdown menu I can have EBSCO monitor any new publications that match
my search terms by creating an “E-mail Alert.” Or, If I want to return to these search results
on a later date, I can email myself a link to the search results. If I am looking for
more information on the EBSCO interface I can click on the “Help” link located in the
navigation bar at the very top of the page. There is also a small question mark button
adjacent to the “Clear” button near the search boxes.
EBSCO states that The Education Source database, “offers the world’s largest and most complete
collection of full-text education journals.” Additionally, the database contains books
and book chapters, yearbooks, and international journals. That makes this database a must
search for any education focused or education related research project. Two popular databases
that are now accessed via Education Source are “Education Index Retrospective: 1929-1983”
and “Education Full Text.” You are always welcome to email, phone, or
visit in person the OISE Library for personal research assistance.

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