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A starting place for ED 631 Research

Welcome MAT Teacher-Researcher Candidates!

Welcome! This guide provides an entry to some of the top resources we have for education research. These work for e-learners just as well as for Juneau locals. Please never hesitate to get in touch with us when you have questions.

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Interlibrary Loan

Sign up for your interlibrary loan account to order articles and books not available through Egan Library databases.

*Note to e-Learning students - the interlibrary loan system is how you can order most materials to be delivered to you.  Articles will be in electronic format.

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Databases to Search for Education Research

Types of articles

When conducting database searches in education, there are 5 main types of articles you will come across:

1. Empirical Research studies This is an article that describes the research that the author conducted on the topic.  You will know it is an empirical study you are reading if it includes a Methods and Results section.  Most empirical studies will also refer to the paper itself as a "study" usually in the abstract.


2. Literature Reviews  Some articles are all about reviewing the work of other authors on a topic.  This type of article can be valuable for understanding the history or scholarly dialogue on an issue.

3. Theoretical Work Some articles describe a theoretical viewpoint, for example feminist theory, constructivist theory, or other and discuss a topic through the lens of the theory, citing other sources into the discussion.

4. Opinion Pieces Some articles are based on the opinion or classroom practices of the author without any supporting citations of theory or research.

5. Guides "Guides recommend specific strategies and/or explain how practitioners might implement particular curricula, programs, or models" (Duke & Ward, 2009). 

Duke, T. S., & Ward, J. D. (2009). Preparing information literate teachers: A metasynthesis. Library & Information Science Research, 31(4), 247-256.