This tutorial gives tips on searching in Education Source and other helpful education research databases.

The tutorial covers:

  • what’s in Education Source
  • search tips for finding teaching strategies
  • how to find the full text of articles
  • adding other education related databases to your search

Use the arrows below to move through the tutorial and follow along by completing the searches in Education Source to the right.

What is Education Source?

Education Source is a library database and a great place to find research in the education field.

Here you’ll find:

  • academic journal articles (including peer-reviewed articles)
  • descriptions of books
  • and dissertations on a broad range of educational research topics

Searching in Education Source

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Let's say you're interested in doing research on strategies for coaching, such as increasing student engagement.


Let’s begin searching in Education Source by putting increasing student engagement in the top search box and hitting Search.

What happens?

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Over 1,200 results! Yes, this is fewer than you’d get in Google, but still too many.

Luckily, there are ways we can narrow this down.

To the left of our results is a column to Refine Results.

Refining results column

Which filters would be useful to narrow down our search?

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Let’s first refine our search by narrowing our results to scholarly journals because we only want to view peer-reviewed journals.

This brings our results down to about 1,000 results – which is still a lot.

To narrow our results even more let’s use the publication date slider to limit our articles to the last ten years.

Limit to 2007 to 2017

What happens?

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We still get over 900 results that are not relevant to what we are interested in. So, we want to think about what specifically about increasing student engagement are we interested in?

Let’s take a look at our results’ titles and subject terms to find some additional search terms that sound relevant to us and that can help us focus our results.


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After scrolling through the results, let’s say we’ve decided that what we really want to focus on are articles about how technology is used to increase student engagement

So, let’s add technology to the second search box and hit search.

What happens?

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What does adding additional keywords do to our search?

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Our search resulted in just over 200 articles which is a better place to settle when researching in databases.

We can skim through the pages of our results to find articles that stand out to us without feeling overwhelmed.

Getting the Article

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Now the fun part! You've found something great and want to dive into it.

But, even if you click on the title of the article, what you are viewing isn't the whole article…


If the article is available in this database, you will see either a html full text or a pdf full text icon on the left side of the page. Clicking on those icons will take you to the full article.

But what if those icons aren't there?

Getting the Article

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In place of the full text icons, you may see an ArticleLinker icon. ArticleLinker is a guide that will help you find the full article if it's not in this article database. Follow the steps to get to your article.

Find more details about using ArticleLinker.

Useful Tools

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Education Source includes the option to get you started with citing articles.

Click on the title of an article to open its article record. On the right side you’ll see an icon that looks like a sheet of paper and says Cite.

cite icon

Click on it to see your article in a number of citation styles, including APA. Scroll down to find the one you need, and then copy and paste it into your bibliography.

Caution: Make sure you look over the citation with a citation guide to make sure there aren't any mistakes.

Useful Tools

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Look at the other options below Tools (on the right side).

What other great things does Education Source allow us to do with an article? 

Searching Beyond Education Source

Finally, if you have a topic that fits into multiple disciplines – like psychology and education– you can add databases to your search to expand the pool of articles you’re searching in.

To add databases, click on Choose Databases above the first search box.


Recommended additional databases for education research include:

  • ERIC (Education focused)
  • PsycINFO (Psychology focused)
  • Professional Development Collection (Education focused)

Once you’ve finished exploring the list of additional databases, click the Okay button at the bottom of the screen.

The End!

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