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TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Getting Started With Your Research
- Finding Journal Articles for Research
- Getting the Full-text of the Research Article
- Scholarly Journals
- Research Guide for Education
- Books and ebooks
- Reference Materials
- On the Web
- OWL - Purdue University Online Writing Lab/FSU Writing Center
- Hot Topics in Education
- APA Citations
- Help with Citations and Your Bibliography
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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.
(Sometimes difficult to determine)
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, it's necessary to use one or more of the databases available on the FLITE Web site. These databases cumulatively provide indexing to thousands of journal titles. A few of the databases provide full-text (content of the articles is found directly within the database), but some only provide citations (description of where the article originally appeared in print). Please read Off-Campus Database Access if you want to do your searching from home.
Also, you can contact our Distance Education librarian, Stacy Anderson, for any off-campus issues you may have or general help as well. Email her or call her at 591-3635.
Some of the databases we recommend you try include:
- Educator's Reference Complete
- Education Abstracts/Wilson OmniFile Full Text Select
- ERIC: Education Resources Information Center
- Education Collection - Sage Journals Online (Formerly Education Sage Full-Text)
or click 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.
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.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.
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 from 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.
Research Guide for Education is available to help you research. You may be able to find these resources at your local library if you are off-campus.
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 - See Databases From Home for a list of available resources, including Academic OneFile, ERIC, and Educator's Reference Complete. When you are no longer a Ferris student and 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".
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. Printed reference books are located on the First Floor. We have quite a variety of items in our reference collection pertaining to education topics, so take a look in the L's (education section) for good reference materials on education.
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. Credo Reference is a great staring point. Then click on the Education subject heading in the left hand column.
There are several good sites on the Internet for resources about education topics:
- The Educator's Reference Desk
- EduHound.com: Everything for Education K-12!
- Michigan Online Resources for Educators (Formerly Michigan Teacher Network)
The Online Writing Lab at Purdue (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/) 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.
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.
- International Reading Association "What's Hot" List for 2010
- What's Hot 2010 Discussion from IRA
- The Campbell Collaboration Hot Topics in Education
Check out our Citations web page for help with your references and bibliographies! Avoid plagiarism by properly citing your sources.
The following links provide 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 available either from the Ready Reference section near the FLITE Oval Information Desk or at the Desk itself.
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: September 20, 2010