EDE 9800: Research Technology
Find Peer Review Articles
Peer review is a process through which research articles are vetted by a team of experts in the same field before they are published.These articles are published (in print and online) in peer reviewed/scholarly journals.
The most effective way to search across a wide number of journals is through the Library’s subscription databases.
Top Education Databases at Dowling
SAGE Premier (full text from 1999)
Top Health/Medicine Databases at Dowling
Top Multi-Purpose Databases at Dowling
Dissertations Written by Dowling Students
The most recent dissertations may not yet be available.
Dissertations Written at Other Institutions
Dissertations & Theses (Humanities and Social Sciences)
Most dissertations written after 1997 in these fields will be available in full text.
We have both print books and ebooks listed in our library catalog. Here are two good ways to search for them:
Keyword. Looking for a specific phrase/person/thing? Do a keyword search for your topic with the name or phrase in quotes. This will find you any item in the catalog that has that phrase in its description. Capitalization doesn’t matter but make sure you spell the name right. And look for synonyms and alternate phrases to describe what you’re looking for:
- “College Readiness”, “College Preparedness”
- “Learning Standards”
- “Learning Strategies”
Subject Headings. Do a subject search for your boxer: last name, first name. This will find any item that has been assigned their name as a subject heading - meaning that the item is primarily about them.
See these pages for more help on finding books.
Additional subject searches:
No matter where you search there are three good techniques you can use to improve your search results:
- Boolean searching
- phrase searching
This involves using the words AND, OR, and NOT within your search.
AND: narrows a search (Egypt AND art).
OR: broadens a search and can be used to describe multiple terms (funeral OR burial)
NOT: narrows by excluding words (schools NOT fish)
Here’s a brief video on using AND, OR and NOT.
Also called truncation, used to find multiple endings of a word. Put an asterisk (*) at the end of the root word:
teach* finds: teach, teachers, teaching
Use quotation marks to search for a specific phrase. Quotation marks will keep the words in the order you type to make your results more relevant. Make sure the phrase you’re using is one that is used in discussing your topic:
“learning styles”, “nursing programs”
APA Citation Style
Doing ethical research means citing sources. It is critical to credit writers for their work and their contributions to your research. To not do so is unethical and leads to plagiarism - unintentionally or not.
Create a personal ID to use this citation manager tool. You can create bibliographies in any style and export them into Word
- Most databases will have a “cite” or “cite this” button that will format any given article into an APA citation. Always double check their citation against the APA guidelines.
- The Dowling Library catalog has a “cite this” button as well.
- Identify the main academic/professional organizations in your field and search their home pages for upcoming conferences
- Do a Google search for your topic and conference and the year
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