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EDFOUND 781: Foundations of Gifted and Talented Education: 3. Search Discipline-specific Databases

A guide to conducting a literature review

Find the Full Text

When the full text of an article is not available in the database you are searching, use View It or  Find It button  to determine whether Andersen Library patrons have access to it via a different database or inter-library loan (ILLiad). Here's how:

watch a brief tutorialHow to Use Find It: Step by Step

Use the Journals search to find out whether we have access to a particular journal or magazine:

screenshot of journal search button

Before You Begin: Review Search Tips

Here are some search tips to remember when searching the databases.

1. Be sure to mark the "peer reviewed" or "scholarly" limit when searching for peer reviewed articles.

2. Use quotation marks around phrases (e.g. "health education", "type II diabetes")

3. Use the word AND between different concepts.

4. Use the word OR between similar concepts.

5. A common truncation symbol in the databases is the asterisk symbol *. Using this will allow you to search for various forms of the word in one step. For example, strateg* will search for strategy, strategies, strategize, and strategic.

Here are some example searches:

  • ("experimental methods" OR "nontraditional education" OR "experimental teaching") AND autism
  • "health education" AND (certif* or credent*)

sample search strand

Research Databases for Education-Related Topics

While Research@UWW is a good starting point for finding articles, you may find you have better results with specific subject databases.

Below are some suggested databases to search for locating journal articles to get you started on your assignment.  Visit A-Z Databases for a complete list.