Education Databases and Doctoral Research Resources


Librarian: Hello. Welcome to this
quick introduction to the Walden library’s
education databases and resources. The databases and resources
outlined in this video will help you with your weekly
assignments and discussion posts, as well as with your
dissertation or project study research. They’re all accessible from
the education research page. To get to the education
research page, start in the library’s
home page and look for the subject resources box. Click on Select a subject
to get the dropdown, and then click on
education to continue. This is the education
research page. You can start a general search
in the Start My Education research box at the
top of the page. This will automatically search
across a curated collection of databases
containing education and education-related
journal articles. The search box is most
helpful for weekly assignments and discussion posts. It’s not intended for
research requiring a comprehensive review
of the literature, such as a doctoral capstone. The next box as you move
down through the page is where you can find education
articles, journals and books. Click on the education databases
bar to browse our recommended databases. This will default to
graduate-level study, but you can also go to
an undergraduate list and a multidisciplinary list. Many of you have
never had the need to move beyond our first couple
of databases, such as Education Source and ERIC. For your literature
review, now is the time to begin looking at all the
other databases we offer, such as Sage, Science Direct,
Taylor and Francis and Academic Search Complete. While there’s some overlap,
each collection is unique. The journal section
provides a list of education journals
available at the Walden Library by discipline. And we also have a link to a
listing of recommended books on education research. As you scroll down
further through the page, you’ll see the
research help box. The first link is to
education research basics. If you’re new to the library,
or want a little refresher, the education research
basics section is a great place to start. For more in-depth
research, you can go to the other sections
available in this box. The literature
review, for example, has links explaining the scope
and purpose of the literature review, search skills, and
how to stay organized, as well as a link to the
literature review process specific to
the field of education, and the library’s General
Literature Review guide. The theories and
theorists section has links for finding
theories on education, education encyclopedias, and
a table of education theories and theoretical works
that have been used in published doctoral studies. It also has a link to the
library’s general guide on theories and theorists. The methodology section has a
link to recommended database, as well as links to
education methodology books and how to search for examples
of specific research methods. For more information
on research methods, you can click on the link at
the bottom of this section. The statistics and
data section outlines how to find
statistics on the web and how to search for articles
with statistics in the library databases. There is also a link to the
Education Statistics and Data Guide that has reliable sources
of education statistics. The tests and
measures section will get you started with
identifying and finding education-related tests and
measures, which are also sometimes called instruments. The residency materials
section has a link to the EDD residency
student resource aid, where you’ll find
information on what to expect from the
library at residency, and links to our
PowerPoint slide decks. Finally, the upcoming
webinar section lists webinars you can register
for that are coming up in the next few weeks. If you need help and
want an answer fast, we recommend the quick answers
button on the left hand side of this page. This contains answers to
frequently asked questions. Not just for the library, but
for all of student support. If you have a question,
chances are somebody else has asked in the past. So be sure to check
here to find out if we have an answer listed. If you’re still not seeing
what you’re looking for, you can use ask a librarian. We have a link here on the
left hand side of this page. Or you can find it in the
upper right hand corner of any library website page. You can contact
us through email, call and leave a voicemail, or
see if we’re available on chat. We do answer
questions seven days a week, although it’s
not 24 hours a day. If you need a little more
in-depth one on one attention you can book an appointment. This will give you 30 minutes
with one of us to help you with brainstorming
where to search and different search techniques. This has been a quick tour of
the education research page, showing you just some
of the many resources we have available. Take some time to explore
and see what other resources we might have for
you in the library. And if you have any
questions, please don’t hesitate to
ask a librarian.

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