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  1. Finding Sources for Your Education Research Projects Carol Elsen June 15, 2009

  2. Step 1: Write out your research question or thesis statement. What are some effective strategies to teach writing to high school students?

  3. Step 2: Identify the key concepts. What are some effective strategies to teach writing to high school students?

  4. Step 3: Create a search phrase. strategies and “high school” and writing writing strategies “high school” Using “and” between keywords narrows the search.

  5. Step 4: Think of synonyms or related terms for the key concepts. strategies writing high school composition methods secondary

  6. Step 5: Write a new search phrase. (strategies or methods) and (writing or composition) and (“high school” or secondary) Writing or composition Strategies or methods “high school” or secondary Using “or” between keywords broadens the search.

  7. Step 6: Determine the types of information sources required for the assignment. • Books • Journal articles(peer reviewed, scholarly, or refereed journal) • Written by researchers and experts in the field • A bibliography is included • Published less often than magazines and newspapers • Articles are reviewed by other experts before being published Scholarly, peer-reviewed, or referred journals

  8. Step 7: Choose library tools to find the needed information.

  9. Step 7: Choose library tools to find the needed information.

  10. Step 8a: Search the University Library catalog for books at UW-Whitewater. Example search phrase – (strategies or methods) and writing Important note: You will need a Hawkcardto check out books. The Hawk card office is located in the University Center, room 250. Hours are 8:00-4:15 (Monday-Friday)

  11. Step 8b: Search UB (universal borrowing) catalog for books from other UW campuses. (strategies or methods) and writing

  12. Step 9: Search databases for articles. • ERIC (from EBSCOhost) • Education Full Text (from Wilson) • Academic Search (from EBSCOhost) • PsycINFO (from EBSCOhost) Example search phrase (strategies or methods) and (writing orcomposition) and (“high school” or secondary)

  13. Step 10: Evaluate the search results and revise the search strategy and/or the topic as needed. Broaden the search by adding or and synonym(s)if too few results. Use truncation to search for different forms of the same word ? for catalog / * for most databases Library Catalog: (strateg? or method? or instruct?) and (writ? or composition) Most databases: (strateg* or method* or instruct*) and (writ* or composition) and (“high school" or secondary)

  14. Final Steps Evaluate the search results and revise the search strategy again and/or the topic as needed. Search the library catalog and databases again if needed. Locate the books and journal articles. Be prepared to cite your sources.