Literacy and Reading Education: Search Tips

This research guide was created to support students in the Literacy and Reading Education masters program.

Locating Key Terms & Subject Headings

Google Tips

Site Search Domain Results

site:edu bilingual education

 

.edu =

 educational institutions

Locates results educational institutions, such as universities.

site:www.cde.ca.gov English language learners

 

.cde.ca.gov =

 CA Dept. of Ed

Locates results from the CA Department of Education website.

site:gov ELL statistics

 

.gov =

 government sites

Locates statistics from government websites.

Database Search Tips

Boolean Connectors:  

bilingual education AND teaching methods

biligual education OR bilingualism AND teaching methods OR instruction OR teaching

Quotation Marks: Useful in Google Scholar, for keeping phrases together

“immersion programs”          immersion programs AND "los angeles"

 

Truncation *:

Teach* = teach, teacher, teachers, teaching, teachable

 

Thesaurus : Many database will have a “thesaurus” or “subject terms” tool for looking up descriptors and subject headings used by the database. The thesaurus tool is also helpful in browsing related terms.

 

Limiters:

PsycINFO’s Methodology limiter for “empirical studies”

ERIC’s Publication Type limiter for empirical studies is listed as “Reports-Research”

Date range; Peer-reviewed and Academic Journals limiters; Subject area limiter

 

Subject Headings/Descriptors: A recommended strategy is to start your search with a broad keyword search. This type of search will yield a wider variety and amount of results. You can then browse and evaluate the results to determine:

·         Evaluate the article for use:  Two-thumbs up articles; Somewhat useful ;  Not useful at all.

·         Note related subject headings/descriptors to use for your next round of research.

·         Brainstorm new angles for your research .

·         Identify gaps in your research.

·         Ask questions about your research variables.

 

Search Experience and Search Tools: