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Research Guides

EHRD 371 - Applied Learning Principles (Spring 2019)

Key Databases

Database Searching Strategies


Breaking a Search Query into 2 or 3 Concepts

  • Looking for articles about online military learners. Break it into 3 main search terms: online > veterans > learning

Boolean Connector: OR

  • Use OR and synonyms to get more hits. For example, adult education OR adult learning OR andragogy

Boolean Connector: AND

  • Use AND to combine all concepts. For example, adult  education AND (online OR distance education)
  • Comparing the following two search queries. The 2nd one may yield more and better results.

    adult learning AND online AND veterans

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    vs -------------------
    adult education or andragogy or adult learning or lifelong learning
    AND
    veterans or military  or soldiers or servicemen
    AND
    online or virtual or distance education

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Title / Abstract Searchable Fields

  • You can limit one of the concept term(s) to Title or Abstract field especially when you have too many hits or you want to filter out the not-so-related articles quickly.
    > Limit to TITLE = My search terms must appear in the Title of the articles.
    > Limit to ABSTRACT = My Search terms must appear in the summaries of the articles.


    Sample Topic: Looking for theories on adult learning motivation. You may limit the "motivation" concept to the Title field.

    adult education or adult learning 
    AND 
    theory or theories or model or framework
    AND
    motivation    [Limit to Title]

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Google's "Cited By" Link - A Quick Way to Find the Related Literature

  • A Sample Search using GOOGLE SCHOLAR:   adult education theory to practice

  • [Those with higher numbers in their  "Cited by" links are the important studies. Use the Cited By link to find the related studies. Click on the double arrows icon under each entry >> to see if a full-text link is provided by TAMU Library]

    [TIPS: You can add a Reworks link for quick citation . Settings>Bibliography Manager > Replace BibTeX with RefWorks> Save]

Textbook (available online)