Finding Peer Reviewed Articles on Education Topics Searching Multiple EBSCO Databases

This video is going to demonstrate how you
can search multiple EBSCO databases at once, and limit your search results to peer reviewed
articles. We’ll highlight a few other key features as
well. Let’s get started. An easy way to get started is to select the
Academic Search Complete link on the library’s homepage. You will then log in using your library username
and password. Please note that this screen is changing effective
December 12, 2019. And beginning then you will log in using your
entire EKU email address and password. We are now at the Academic Search Complete
homepage. And Academic Search Complete is just one of
many databases that EKU Libraries subscribes to from a vendor called EBSCOhost. So what we are going to do is add additional
EBSCOhost databases to our search by clicking on the Choose Databases link. By clicking on Choose Databases, a list of
all the EBSCOhost databases that you can add to this search will pop up. Let’s add a few. Notice that Academic Search Complete is already
selected. Child Development &Adolescent Studies is often
a good one to add. There are several education themed databases
that you can choose from. ERIC is almost always a good one to add. But depending on your topic, sometimes you
may want to add Education Source and/or Educational Administration Abstracts as well. Depending on your topic, PsychINFO is a very
good psychology database. But, again, you may want to consider adding
some of these others: PsycARTICLES, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, some really
good sociology and sociological databases as well that you might want to consider adding. Once you’ve added additional databases, simply
click on the OK button. Notice that now it says Academic Search Complete,
Show all. So that “show all” is indicating that we are
searching more databases then just Academic Search Complete. And you can always click on that to see which
ones you are searching. Now let’s get started with a search. We’re going to look at the topic of early
intervention behavior strategies. Notice that the database is actually suggesting
topics for us. Sometimes these can prove really helpful,
so give them a look. Notice that I am breaking the different elements
of my search topic up into different boxes. This is how you want to conduct your search
when doing database searches. You want to break each individual element
from your topic up into specific keywords and put those in different boxes. Here is where if I was more familiar with
this area, as you are, I’m sure, I would use that third box to be more specific in this
search. Early intervention behavior strategies in
what?! In autism, in preschool, in reading, … in
what. So I would recommend getting a little bit
more specific here if you have the knowledge that I’m sure you do. Often your education faculty will ask you
to make sure that your sources are scholarly (peer reviewed) journals. So before you even look at your search results,
you may want to use this limiter, located on the left side of the screen, to limit,
to insure, that your search results are only scholarly (peer reviewed) journals. Sometimes you may also need to adjust the
publication date range, depending on the requirements of the assignment. Using those limiters, you can see that we
are searching early intervention AND behavior strategies, and we have limited our search
results to scholarly (peer reviewed) journals only, and articles that have been published
since 2012 and forward. When looking at your search results, there
are a couple of things that your education faculty would like you to learn to pay attention
to, and to notice. So let’s get started by looking at this first
article. When we are in an EBSCOhost database, clicking
on the title will take us to the detailed record for the article. The detailed record contains lots of helpful
information, to help you determine if this is an article that you would like to use. It contains the title of the article; the
authors, and often their academic affiliation; the source; the type of document; and subject
terms, which can be really helpful to you in determining what this article is about,
and finding other, similar articles. And don’t forget to read the Abstract. That abstract is a very detailed summary of
the article. And is usually written by the author. But before we continue, let’s return to that
source information. Notice that the title of the source, so the
title of journal where this article is coming from, is a hyperlink. So that means that we can click on that title,
and learn more about this journal. We can confirm that it is in fact a peer reviewed
journal. So let’s take a look. We are now at the Publication Details for
this journal. Notice that we’ve got the title, the publisher
information, what types of records are available from this journal in this database. So there’s lots of information here. But at the very bottom, notice there is a
Peer Reviewed section. And here is says yes. So that means that this journal is in fact
a peer reviewed journal. Notice that sometimes when you click on these
to look at the publication details, it may say no in that category. So this isn’t a bad habit to get into; to
be sure to double-check those publications when your assignments are requiring that you
use peer reviewed journals. Returning to the Detailed Record, notice there
is a PDF Full Text link on the upper-left. So this article is available in full text
simply by clicking on that link. Now let’s take a look at the right-side tool
bar, because this can be really helpful to you. One of the first things you may be interested
in, is the Cite tool. This will pull up a list of citations for
this article in various citation styles. But please use this with caution. Always just use it as a starting point; and
then use your manual, or the OWL at Purdue site, or some other trusted source to fix
the citations. Remember, bad data in is bad data out. And lot of these citations tend to be a little
incorrect; particularly in relation to names, capitalization, and dates. If you need to grab a link to this article,
in EBSCOhost you always want to be sure to use the Permalink tool, and to copy that. If you don’t see a link for a PDF Full Text
document, then look for and click on the Find Full Text link. This will take you through a process that
either, one, locating the article full text in another one of our databases. Or, two, requesting the article at no cost
to you through our Library Express service. Just be aware if you have to request it, it
is going to take time to be delivered to you. This video isn’t going to go into the detail
of that process, just remember if don’t see a PDF Full Text link, click on Find Full Text. This video looked at how to search multiple
EBSCOhost databases at once for articles on education topics. We highlighted a few key things in the databases,
including limiting your search results to peer reviewed journals only, looking at the
information about a journal, and how to take advantage of the tool bar that’s located on
the right of EBSCOhost databases. If you ever have any questions, or if you
need any help, don’t hesitate to ask. Good luck!

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