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Ed. D. Library Resources

A library guide to relevant resources and information for doctoral students

How to Search

Searching for sources to use in scholarly research can be a confusing process. In this section of the library guide, you will find information on how to navigate the literature review part of the research process. Your search strategies may be general or more advanced, and the strategies that you will want to use may vary depending upon the type of source you are searching for. Learning different types of search strategies and tools that are available to you will serve you well as you complete your doctoral work. 

One example of how you might conduct a search for scholarly sources (with videos!)

The first step is to formulate a good research question. Luckily, we have a tutorial that will help you do just that!

Once you have your research question formulated, you may want to think about how you are going to select and use keywords

But where to use those keywords at? We have a wealth of databases, or you can use OneSearch. Watch the video below for more guidance on how to discover and locate sources.

Now that you've found lots of articles, you'll need to work on selecting the ones that are most relevant to your topic.

Great! You've got a pile of relevant sources, but now you need to put them in order and start turning them in to a great paper.

Don't forget to properly cite your sources! Academic integrity is key, and the library has lot resources to help you, including: