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Education: Master of Education in Special Education

Today:

  • About the library module (available in VIULearn) and outcomes for the session
  • Intro to Library research skills for MEDS
    • Consider keeping a research journal.
    • Using LibrarySearch effectively
    • Key words & concepts
    • Specialized databases & filters
    • Thinking about literature; types of research, article structure
    • Managing references & files; resources for annotated bibliographies

Questions? dana.mcfarland@viu.ca

Example: (resilience OR grit) critique

Example One

Concept Other Narrower Broader Related
resilience grit "psychological resilience" character "deficit thinking"
research inquiry critique information ; literature bias ; authority ; evidence
education  school K-12 ; primary learning children ; culture

Where do key terms like this come from?

(Subject thesaurus / descriptors, e.g. ERIC ; abstracts of useful articles ; author- or indexer-assigned key words ; Encyclopedia or overview works, e.g. Wikipedia...)

How to find key words?

(Watch for and note them when reading - especially from descriptor, key word, and abstract fields)

Example Two

Concept  Other Narrower Broader Related
disability        
       
 

Databases for topics in Education

Look for specialized limiters (publication type, study type, audience, age, grade level, methodology...)

Google Scholar Search

→ Cited by → Search within (e.g. disability ; poverty ; children)

→ Related article


 

 

What is your information environment? What makes up the "literature?"

What roles might other sources have?



 

LibrarySearch Content Types:

Album
Architectural Drawing 
Archival Material 
Art
Artifact
Atlas 
Audio Recording 
Audio Tape 
Blueprints
Book 
Book Chapter 
Book Review 
Case
Catalog
Ceremonial Object
Clothing
Compact Disc 
Computer File 
Course Reading 
Conference Proceeding 
Data Set
Database

Dissertation/Thesis
Drawing
DVD
eBook 
eJournal 
Electronic Resource
Equipment
Exam
Film 
Film Script

Filmstrip
Finding Aid

Furnishing
Globe 
Government Document 
Graphic Arts
Image 
Implements
Interactive Media

Journal Article
Kit 

Magazine
Magazine Article
Manuscript 
Map 
Market Research
Model
Music Manuscript 
Music Score 
Music Recording 
Musical Instrument
Newsletter 
Newspaper Article 
Painting
Pamphlet
Paper
Patent 
Personal Article
Personal Narrative
Photograph 
Poem

Postcard
Poster 
Play
Presentation
Publication Article
Realia 
Reference 
Report 
Sheet Music 
Slide
Special Collection 
Spoken Word Recording 
Standard 
Technical Report
Tool
Trade Publication
Trade Publication Article

Transcript
Video Recording 
Web Resource



 

ERIC Publication Types: 

Book/Product Reviews, Books, Collected Works (All), Collected Works - General, Collected Works - Proceedings, Collected Works - Serials, Computer Programs, Creative Works, Dissertations/Theses (All), Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations, Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses, Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers, ERIC Digests in Full Text, ERIC Publications, Guides (All), Guides - Classroom - Learner, Guides - Classroom - Teacher, Guides - General, Guides - Non-classroom, Historical Materials, Information Analyses, Journal Articles, Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials, Machine-Readable Data Files, Multilingual/Bilingual Materials, Non-print Media, Numerical/Quantitative Data, Opinion Papers, Reference Materials (All), Reference Materials - Bibliographies, Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs, Reference Materials - General, Reference Materials - Geographic, Reference Materials - Vocabularies/Classifications, Reports (All), Reports - Descriptive, Reports - Evaluative, Reports - General, Reports - Research, Speeches/Meeting Papers, Tests/Questionnaires, Translations

 

Empirical vs. non-empirical research? Or what methodology? 

  • Database filters can be helpful (e.g. PsycArticles)
  • psycarticles methodology filter list

No helpful filter? Scan the Methods section:

...The standard empirical article would at this point present inferential statistics as results. That is not necessary here: our sampling of the relevant contents of the dictionary is complete...

Consider keeping a research journal.* In addition to recording your evolving questions and understandings along your research path, record more mundane bits that you may be glad for later.
Include: 

  • Key databases and other sources, effective key words/descriptors and combinations, significant journal titles and authors and publishers, ideas for follow up.
  • License terms or copyright permissions contacts for information that you may want to cite or use substantially in papers or presentations.


​Save and name files according to a plan.

Strategies:

  • Email files to yourself, or use your VIU or other file space
  • Create folders for specific projects
  • Name files consistently, and consider how the names will file. e.g.:
    • ResilienceProject_AuthorLast_AuthorFirst_BriefTitle
    • If file name leads with a date, 2020 07 08 is better than July 08 2020 (and better than 2020 08 07!)


​Make periodic backups.

e.g.: from local drive to cloud, or cloud to local.


Use a citation management tool

Consider: Features or functionality that you will need.


* Cooksey, R., & McDonald, G. (2019). How should I record my research journey? (pp. 55-71). In Surviving and thriving in postgraduate research (2nd ed.). Springer. Retrieved from: https://books.google.ca/books?id=_ZSfDwAAQBAJ&lpg=PR6&ots=EVg9FsuKjA&lr&pg=PA55#v=onepage&q&f=false

 Engin, M. (2011). Research Diary: A Tool for Scaffolding. International Journal of Qualitative Methods: ARCHIVE, 10(3), 296-306. Retrieved from: https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/ijqm/index.php/IJQM/article/view/8069

  • If you need only to generate quick citations, the “saved items” function of LibrarySearch may suit your needs.
  • If you want to save citations for later use and organize them in folders, either Mendeley or Zotero support those purposes.
  • If you are working with others you may value collaborative features (e.g. Zotero group: Education in the 21st Century)
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