Searching in Education Databases


In this video tutorial, I’m going to introduce
subject databases for the field of education. We’ll go over the advantages of using education
databases in your research, I’ll show you how to find databases for education research,
and then we’ll do a basic search in one of the most popular education databases. When starting your research, you should explore
many information sources and search tools in order to ensure that your resulting knowledge
on the topic is well developed and comprehensive. Education databases are some of the many search
tools that you can incorporate into your search strategy, in addition to other sources like
Summon and Google Scholar. One of the biggest advantages of using education
databases is that they are subject-specific. Unlike Summon and other popular multidisciplinary
databases like Academic Search Complete, subject databases have a more narrow scope and host
journals covering a single topic or field of study. This means that you can find journal articles
and other resources relevant to your education research without having to filter out information
from other disciplines. Education databases also allow for more complex
searching and will help you find articles relevant to your topic that won’t appear
when searching in more general sources, like Summon. If you know of a particular education database that you would like to use, you can connect to it by searching for its name from the UBC
Library homepage. Note that databases are not currently searchable
through the UBC Library general tab, so make sure you’re searching in the Indexes & Databases
tab instead. To demonstrate, if I wanted to find the Education
Source database, I would open the Indexes & Databases tab and search for Education Source,
which appears as the first result. If you don’t already have a specific database
in mind, we have gathered a list of the most popular education databases, which is available
on our education research guide. The easiest way to connect to the guide is
just to Google “UBC Education Guide.” We’ll explore this guide in more depth in
our Education Research Guide video, but for this tutorial, I’m just going to focus on
the Key Article Databases section at the top and click More Article Databases. This takes me to a full list of the databases
relevant to the field of education. If you’re following along in your own browser,
pause the video here and take a moment to read through the descriptions of the databases. Make note of one or two databases that you
believe will be most useful in your research. For now, I’m going to open ERIC with the
EBSCO interface, which is one of our most comprehensive education databases. I am going to perform a basic search in ERIC
to find resources that will help me answer this research question. I’m going to enter my keywords into the
search field at the top of the page. I’ll enter my first keyword phrase “technological
literacy”. Now, I could enter my second concept “elementary
education” as another keyword phrase after AND in the second search field, but instead
I’m going to go to the bottom of the page where I see Educational Level, and I’m going
to select Elementary Education and then I’ll click “search”. Now on the results page, you’ll notice that,
like when you search the UBC Library database, there are options on the left for further
refining your search. For instance, you can limit results to those
that are peer-reviewed or change the publication date range. For each of the results you’ll notice that
there might be an option for a direct link to the full text, but in others you’ll see
“Check UBC eLink for full text”. For this second result I’m going to select
that, and I’m redirected to the UBC page with a link for the full text, which I can
open from here. Back on my results page, I can also click
the title for each result to get a more detailed record. On the right of the record, there is a tools
list which you’ll want to take a closer look at. The tool I’m going to use right now is the
“Add to folder” option. Like when I search in the UBC Library database,
I can save results I want to use to this temporary folder and at the end of my search session,
I can open the Folder at the top of the screen and now I have a few options for all of the
articles I have in my folder. For instance, you could choose export to add
the citations to a citation manager of your choosing, but I’m going to e-mail the resources
to myself. After watching this video, you should have
a good idea of the benefits of searching in subject databases, and you should be able
to find and perform basic searches in education databases. If you would like more information about searching
in databases, watch our Advanced Database Searching video or get in touch with an Education
Librarian.

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