Literature review assignment
The key to finding useful information is a good search strategy. The words that are used in the search directly determine how relevant the results will be.
Subject headings are the most powerful search terms because they result in a list of books or articles completely about a topic. Searching by keyword results in a list of books or articles that may be completely about the topic, but also that simply mention the topic.
Create searches using the following subject headings in the education research databases. Subject headings are always good search terms.
Subject headings for this assignment:
Use the catalog under Find Books above to find books & ebooks on technology in the classroom.
Construct searches using combinations of terms from the list of subject headings in the column to the left.
The catalog assumes the word "and" between terms entered in the search window. To search a phrase, surround the terms with quotation marks.
You may need to search more broadly in the catalog than in research databases to find a book that might have a chapter on your topic.
Use the subject headings in the box on the left to construct searches in the education and/or psychology research databases.
Use the Advanced Search and search each term as a subject if possible.
Be careful about stringing words together in phrases. Search only with very commonly used phrases or phrases used as subject headings.
If you are unable to find the information you seek with subject searching, try searching one concept as a subject. Articles in the results list will be completely about that topic. Narrow the search further by using another concept as a keyword.
In an education database, there is no need to use "education" as a search term--its understood. Do use terms that will limit the results to the population of students or school setting that you are interested in (preschool, elementary, early childhood).