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TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Off Campus Access
- Starting Your Research
- Scholarly and Peer-Reviewed Journals
- Finding Specific Journals
- Finding Journal Articles for Research
- Education Databases
- Getting the Full-text of the Research Article
- Interlibrary Loan
- Useful Education Guide
- Finding Books and eBooks at FLITE
- Guide to Finding Theses at FLITE
- On the Web - MeL (Michigan eLibrary)
- On the Web - Other Sites
EDUC 663 - Callahan
Research Strategies and Resources at FLITE
FLITE Distance Education Library Services
One of our missions at FLITE is to offer all off-campus students access to the high-quality research materials available through the library. FLITE's subscription databases are available to all current Ferris students, faculty, and staff, including off-campus students. Our Distance Education web site should help you with any questions you may have about reaching FLITE from wherever you are. Be sure to study it carefully and return to it often. If you experience problems logging on, please call (231) 591-2669 or (800) 4-FERRIS (ext. 2669).
If you have questions about finding and researching a topic, use this FLITE tutorial:
Getting Started With Your Research
Remember, avoid plagiarism by properly citing your sources. Please go to the Citations web page to learn how.
Confused about academic, scholarly and peer-reviewed journals? Here's a useful explanation of the scholarly, peer-review process:
I Don't Know What to Believe: Making Sense of Science Stories
Using Education Journals
Journals provide an excellent way to access research-worthy information in your field. You can access journals in two different ways:
- Look for a particular journal title and read the articles within it.
- Use a journal database, which will return articles from many different journals on a single topic.
Try using both methods while you are learning more about your field.Finding Specific Journals
Trying to find article titles in specific journals isn't practical in large databases. You'll need to use the FLITE Find Journals tab. Here you can get to specific journals such as The American Education Research Journal or Computers and Education.
Some of these journals will be in the library in physical format: print for current issues and bound volumes; microfilm or microfiche for older copies. As off-campus students, you may request digital copies of these physical copies using interlibrary loan. You may also be able to access the journal directly online. To look up whether FLITE owns a particular journal, use the Journals tab or the Find drop-down menu to "Journals" to reach our Find Journals database.
If you use this method, you may want to go to the journal's web site presence (if it has one) and read the "About Us" or "FAQ" information about the journal online to see if it will suit your needs. Remember from our discussion, most likely you will not be able to read the full-text of the article on the free Web. That's where you need to use Find Journals.
Remember to use the journal title not the article title for your search.
To find journal articles on a particular topic, use the Databases available on the FLITE Web site. These databases provide indexing to thousands of journal titles. Some of the databases provide all or mainly full-text, but others only provide citations (description of where the article originally appeared in print) or abstracts (summaries of the articles in question), requiring you to try to link out to articles using FLITE's "Find-It" technology. Please read Off-Campus Database Access if you want to do your searching from home.
Some of the databases we recommend you try include:
Information about ERIC
- Educator's Reference Complete
Information about Educator's Reference Complete
- Education Collection of Sage Journals Online
A collection of 36 peer-reviewed, full-text Education journals delivering high-quality research information.
- Education Abstracts/OmniFile Fulltext Select
Access to abstracts of Education journals and a fair amount of general full-text information about education.
Information about PsycINFO
Information about PsycARTICLES
Click on "Quick Facts" tabs for both databases.
Click here to see all of our Databases listed by name.
Once you've found citations, you will want to get a full-text copy. You'll need to explore whether FLITE owns the particular journal where each article was published. Many databases now have a link called "Find It", which helps you find the material. If the full text of the article is available, you will be able to find the article by clicking on the link.
Sometimes the "Find It" button will provide a link to the Online Catalog. This indicates that the journal is found in FLITE's print collection. If you are off-campus and can't come to FLITE, simply order the article through Interlibrary Loan.
If the only message you see is "Request document via Interlibrary Loan", you will need to order the article. Interlibrary Loan is a service provided by FLITE to request articles and books that FLITE does not own. Most often this service is used when searching for articles in FLITE databases, and you are directed through the "Find It" button to request the item. The first time you use this service, you will need to register with ILLiad, our Inter-Library Loan service. Click on the words "First Time Users" to register. You will complete a form, creating a username and password which will be used for future requests. Article requests are emailed to you in 5-10 business days (ferris email preferred), and books will be mailed to you if you are an off-campus student. On-campus students may pick up books at the Checkout Desk.
Books are the best way to gather background, gain a general understanding of your topic, and then explore subjects in-depth. eBooks are another Deep Web source and FLITE provides more than 35,000 titles which can be very helpful for off-campus students.. You should be choosing eBooks instead of selecting information found in abstracts or excerpts from Google Books.
Finding Books on Your Topic - Print or Electronic - Using the Library Catalog
To find books in FLITE, try using a Subject search in the Library Catalog. Many subject headings are intuitive, but if nothing comes up, use a Keyword search. Remember that circulating FLITE books (in print) will be mailed to you free of charge. Your only cost is the return postage via UPS. See our section on Document Delivery/InterLibrary Loan. Requests can be made electronically through the InterLibrary Loan (ILL) Request form. You'll need to register as a First Time User when sending your first InterLibrary Loan request.
How to Find Electronic Books through the Library Catalog
Don't forget about using Online books, also known as ebooks or electronic books. FLITE provides more than 30,000 book titles online. We have prepared a short tutorial Finding and Reading Online Books and a web document, Finding Online Books, as guides for you with tips for using the different interfaces from the four major vendors we use: Ebrary, Springer, Credo Reference, and NetLibrary. (Hint, always turn your browser's pop-up blocker off when accessing online books or articles from library databases.)
- The Campbell Collaboration Hot Topics in Education
- International Reading Association "What's Hot" List for 2011
- "What's Hot 2011" Discussion from IRA
Finding copies of a previous thesis on your topic may be helpful. FLITE makes theses available for checkout. Please read this Guide to Finding Theses for more information.
Confused about citations? This FLITE Citation web page for explanations and guidance. Avoid plagiarism by properly citing your sources.
Interested in a citation management system? Try Zotero - the free add-on for the Mozilla Firefox browser.
Zotero Guide from the University of Michigan Knowledge Navigation Center to get started.
There are several good sites on the Internet for resources about education topics - these could be invaluable once you graduate:
MeL - the Michigan eLibrary at mel.org (if you live in Michigan)
- Find Books using MeLCat
- For more help using MeLCat, click here.
- For information about using MeLCat from the current FLITE online catalog, click here.
- Search free (to Michigan residents) MeL Databases (including Academic OneFile, ERIC and Educator's Reference Complete)
Looking for Education statistics and datasets from the federal government? Try these reliable websites from the U. S. Department of Education.
- United States Education Dashboard 2011
Debuting January 24, 2011, this federal website provides easy access to state and national education data, monitoring many indicators measuring the progress at every level of public education across the county in pursuit of President Obama's goal: by 2020, the United States once again will have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.
Launched June 17, 2010, this U.S. Department of Education website aims to increase access to education data. Ultimately, this will be a location for practitioners, researchers, and the public to find information about US DOE grant programs.
- Education Statistics - The 2011 Statistical Abstract:The National Data Book
Education statistics gathered and collated by the U. S. Census Bureau, covering formal education at various levels and for public and private schools. Find data about the school-age population and school enrollment, educational attainment, education personnel, and financial aspects of education. Look as well for data about charter schools, computer usage in schools, distance education, and adult education.
- The Campbell Collaboration Library of Systematic Reviews
- EBSCO Teacher Reference Center
- Google Scholar
- MORE: Michigan Online Resources for Educators (formerly Michigan Educator's Resources)
Check out urban legends, hoaxes, and misinformation.
If you have any questions about your capstone research, Email Kristy Motz.
If you would like to make an appointment for a one-on-one research consultation with her by phone or in person, use this online form.
Don't forget, you are welcome to contact the Oval Information Desk and ask for help any time. You can also call us 231-591-3602 or chat with us.
Last update: September 22, 2011