1. Analyse your topic, identify key terms as well as synonyms
2. Access the University's print and online collections
Find journals in Fisher Library that encompass research in special education using the following links to subject searches in the Library catalogue:
See below a selection of key journal titles, clicking the title takes you straight to the library record, search for articles within the journal using your keywords or phrases; or browse the online volumes, issues and articles.
The library provides you with access to a range of online dictionaries and encyclopedias. Many of them appear in the resource called Oxford Reference Online. When using Library Search to find a dictionary or encyclopedia, use the words dictionaries or encyclopedias as one of your search terms.
For example: linguistics dictionaries (choose the Material Type: Books)
Terminology used in education is varied, always consider synonyms, narrower, broader and related terms as well as variant spelling. Encyclopedias, dictionaries (see box on left) and thesauri define concepts and help clarify research terms or locate related terms. Databases such as A+ Education, ERIC, PsycINFO and LLBA include a thesaurus of subject terms.
Thesauri allow you to:
Databases are online collections of resources that you can search to find information. Some of the database cover a particular subject are and some cover a range of disciplines. Most library database require a Unikey login. Finding the most appropriate databases can involve scoping searches across a range of different systems.
Using Databases you can..
TIP: When searching databases think of synonyms, broader, narrower and related terms for the concepts you are searching. Use the features in the systems to refine your search (such as limiting by peer review or date).
Boolean Operators are used in database searching:
AND narrows your search, use AND to combine different concepts
OR broadens your search, use OR to combine synonyms or related terms