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School Counseling: How to Search Databases

Organizes and lists books, articles, journal databases, websites, RSS feeds, and more -- all supportive of research in school counseling.

How to Search in EBSCOhost & ProQuest Databases

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 subject. 

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

These sample searches, with different keywords, would work well when researching school counseling topics. Example:  A good Boolean search on the role of the school counselor in helping stem bullying might be:

"school counselor" AND (role OR job OR responsibility) AND bully*

GOOD TO KNOW:  Both these databases provide citation formatting for a Works Cited page! That is, they do source citation formatting for you. Simply find and use the CITE tool included in each database.


Cite tool in Education Research Complete:

         


Cite tool 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.

LINK to EDUCATION RESEARCH COMPLETE

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.

LINK to PROQUEST EDUCATION JOURNALS

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