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EDU 6975 Interpreting & Applying Educational Research I

Importance of subject term searching versus keyword searching

Difference between keyword searching and subject term searching:

 

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.

 

***Subject term searching (using Descriptors or Subjects) asks the search engine to look for every article that is related to the concept represented by the subject term you are using. Subject term searching is better.

VIDEOS on Finding quality articles in databases 10-12 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

VIDEOS on Finding Quality Research articles in databases

Learning outcomes: by the end of these 2 videos, 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 research articles
    • know the steps to finding the full text of an article

Core Education Database List

Other databases and search engines