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UCOL 1000: Huff - Peace and Conflict Resolution: Articles

General databases

Other databases and search engines

Steps for effective/focused searching in ERIC

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

Search ERIC

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.

Limit to Peer Review

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.


Subject Descriptors Search

Finding articles in databases

For effective searching it is important to understand the difference between Keyword searching and Subject Term searching in databases.

  • Keyword searching asks the search engine to look for every article that has the keywords in it, so an article may, or may not, be on the subject you are interested in researching.
  • Controlled Vocabulary searching (using Descriptors or Subjects) asks the search engine to look for every article that is related to the concept represented by the Controlled Vocabulary you are using.

VIDEOS on Finding quality articles in databases @ 7 minutes each

Learning outcomes: by the end of these 2 screencasts, you will:

  • know how to find education focused subject guides
  • apply database search strategies modeled to:
    • narrow your search
    • perform concept searches versus keyword searches
    • search in a more sophisticated manner
    • be able to identify quality academic articles
    • know the steps to finding the full text of an article