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Education Resources at FLITE
Not sure even how to begin the research process?. Our FLITE guided tutorial, Getting Started With Your Research, may help you jumpstart your project quickly.
You can also take a journey with the Spybrarian and explore the steps of the research process more carefully in Ouroboros: Seven Steps to Enlightened Research, our Flash-animated tutorial.
Suggestions to retrieve better/more results:
- Search topic as both a keyword and subject
- Combine terms with AND or OR
- Set date ranges limit to a specific time
- Use quotes for phrases
Subject searching: Search for the subject of your topic.
Topic: Early language development
Subject: Language acquisition
Keyword searching: Search for keywords on your topic.
Topic: Early literacy
Keyword(s): Beginning reading, beginning writing, emerging literacy
To find journal articles on a
particular topic, use one or more of the databases
available through the FLITE web site. These databases index thousands of journal titles. Some provide full text, but
others only provide citations or abstracts.
Some of the databases we recommend you try include:
- Education Abstracts/OmniFile FullText Select
(Avoid this database at present until updates solve some problems.)
Although Education Abstracts provides very little full-text, this option also allows you to search OmniFile Full Text Select, a full-text general database. (Use "Choose Database" link; check OmniFile.) This broadens your search to journals not indexed by other Education databases. The ability to link out to articles using "Find It" helps a great deal. Look for the Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals check box on the left for peer-reviewed articles.
- Education Collection - Sage Journals Online
(Sage is the premium high-level research database for graduate programs.)
Although articles are pulled from just 36 education journals, all are peer-reviewed and the articles are provided in full-text with coverage back more than 90 years. Use this database for in-depth historical research.
- Educator's Reference Complete
(This database is my favorite starting point. Be aware of Subject vs. Advanced or Basic Search/Keyword challenges.)
With full-text provided for more than half the journals indexed in ERIC, this large database covers all aspects of education from pre-school to higher education. Limiting to peer-reviewed articles is an easy task using a check box.
(ERIC is provided by the government as an index to education resources. Finding full-text is the challenge.)
The premiere education database, ERIC (the Educational Resources Information Center), is a digital library provided by the Institute of Education Sciences of the Department of Education. Many of the resources are citations or abstracts only, rather than full-text, and using the "Find It" function to link to other databases will be necessary.
With the close ties between psychology and education, the PsycINFO/PsycARTICLES database provides an additional scholarly resource for content that crosses between the two disciplines.
here to see all of our databases listed by name.
If HTML or PDF full text options are available, click the link to go directly to the full text.
If full text is not an option:
Click the "Find It", link or button;
Select red GO button.
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 the only message you see is "Request document via Interlibrary Loan", you will need to order the article. By clicking on the link in the window provided, you will be directed to a blank Interlibrary Loan form to be filled out. You will need to register if you are a first-time user. Click here to learn more about Interlibrary Loan.
To look up whether FLITE owns a particular journal, use the Find--Journals database to search for the journal title, such as Career and Technical Education Research or The Journal of Classroom Interaction.
You can also use the Journals tab in the library catalog. Remember to use the journal title not the article title for your search.
The library has developed a Guide to Popular and Scholarly Periodicals to assist you in determining if articles come from Scholarly Journals, (also called Academic Journals), and Peer-Reviewed Journals, (also called Refereed Journals.) Most databases have a special tab or a special limit function, to allow you to select scholarly and peer-reviewed journals.
As a researcher or as an educator, the MeL collection of databases should be very helpful to you and to your students. Several of the major FLITE databases are available as free online resources to the citizens of Michigan, provided by the Library of Michigan without charge. Use this valuable tool yourself, and promote it to your students: MeL - the Michigan eLibrary Click on MeL Databases for a list of available resources, including Academic OneFile, ERIC, and Educator's Reference Complete. When you are not in a library, you will need to use either your Michigan library card barcode number or your Michigan Driver's License/ID number to access the databases.
Many books are available from FLITE. Try searching the online catalog, for the keyword: "education". You might also want to try other keywords that relate to "education", such as "teaching", "learning", or more specific topics such as "collaborative learning". Remember that FLITE will mail any book to you, free of charge. Use Interlibrary Loan to request books, or call our Distance Education Librarian, Stacy Anderson, at 591-3635.
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.)
Reference books are a great way to gather background, explore topics, and gain a general understanding about a variety of topics. Electronic reference books can be reached at the Online Reference Resources page. Then click on the Education subject heading in the left hand column. Credo Reference is also a great staring point for definitions and basic information about a topic.
There are several good sites on the Internet for resources about education topics:
- EduHound.com: Everything for Education K-12!
- Michigan Online Resources for Educators (Formerly Michigan Teacher Network)
The Ferris Writing Center offers free assistance to all FSU students, faculty, and staff. In addition to tutoring help on-campus, the Writing Center will do tutoring online, including reviews of research papers and citation consultations. Don't pass up this opportunity for help.
The OWL - Purdue University Online Writing Lab (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/) is an invaluable reference for writing research papers. Covering everything from creating a thesis statement and coping with writer's block to formatting citations and the principles of academic writing, this comprehensive web site is a resource tool for every paper you'll ever need to write.
Check out our Citations web page for help w ith your references and bibliographies! Avoid plagiarism by properly citing your sources.
The following link provides information on how to use APA:
Citation Style Guide: APA (PDF)
An APA Citation Style guide with examples created by FLITE.
Copies of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition, are located in the Reference section near the FLITE Oval Information Desk at FLITE itself, or you can contact any academic library near you to take a look at a copy of the manual. Or, just call (231-591-3602) or chat with the Librarian working the desk for help.
KnightCite, a tool prepared by the Hekman Library at Calvin College, will help you format your citations properly if you are having trouble figuring out the proper form.
Son of Citation Machine is a tool which you can use to create bibliographies. Please be aware that you will have to review your bibliography to ensure it is correct.
Son of Citation Machine
Contact: Kristen Motz / Email / Phone: 231-591-3625 / Office: FLITE 140H
Don't forget, you are welcome to come to the Oval Information Desk and ask for help any time. You can also call us 231-591-3602 or chat with us.
Make an appointment for a research consultation with a librarian - one-on-one personal library help.
Last update: October 27, 2012