Use the ERIC database to find articles.
Step 1. Search by typing a few unique keywords into the first search box. For example, vygotsky AND educational theory.
Step 2. On the results page, click on the Peer Reviewed on the left under "Refine your results" and click the Update button. Read the article titles to find a "pearl of an article" and click on the hyperlinked title to read the abstract.
Step 3. After clicking on the hyperlinked title of a "pearl of an article," note the list of Descriptors above the abstract. Using these terms will return more focused results. For example, try a search using the keyword vygotsky. Add the term educational theories and select SU Descriptors from the drop down menu.
For effective searching it is important to understand the difference between Keyword searching and Subject Term searching in databases.
Learning outcomes: by the end of these 2 screencasts, you will: