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Finding Evidence-Based Research in Education: How to SEARCH Databases

Evidence-based research defined + how to find it explained.

Searching Efficiently

Let's use this sample search topic:  Effective methods for teaching reading to autistic students.

On this page, you'll see two sample searches for evidence-based education journal articles on this topic:  

The first is in EBSCOhost Web's EDUCATION RESEARCH COMPLETE; the second is in PROQUEST EDUCATION JOURNALS.

 

 

A Sample Search in EDUCATION RESEARCH COMPLETE (from EBSCOhost)

1. This database opens BY DEFAULT to its ADVANCED search screen, which is desirable.

2. Do your own advanced search based upon the above model.

3. Upon clicking the SEARCH button, a list of articles will result. Choose those most helpful to you.

4. Articles can be printed, saved to a flash drive, e-mailed to yourself, etc.

5. Look for a CITE tool in the right-hand margin (alongside open articles) for help with APA formatting.

A Sample Search in PROQUEST EDUCATION JOURNALS (from ProQuest)

1. This databases opens to its BASIC search screen. There, click to its ADVANCED search screen.

2. Do your own advanced search based upon the above model.

3. Upon clicking the SEARCH button, a list of articles will result. Choose those most helpful to you.

4. Articles can be printed, saved to a flash drive, e-mailed to yourself, etc.

5. Look for a CITE tool in the horizontal menu bar (above open articles) for help with APA formatting.

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