To find articles on topics relating to education, you will have to use either a paper or an electronic index that covers periodicals. Journals, magazines, and newspapers are all periodicals, but most of the periodicals covered by the indexes specializing in education are journals, which publish high-quality articles in education.
Education Index covers several hundred education periodicals. It is found on the index table in the library's Reference section.
The most recent monthly or quarterly issues of the index are paper-bound. Each complete year is bound in a separate volume. The steps in using Education Index are:
Fig. 1 Example of entries in Education Index
If Chemeketa does not have the periodical you want, ask a reference librarian about requesting an interlibrary loan. We can generally obtain a copy of the article for free.
Although many students prefer using the electronic indexes to find articles, the printed index is excellent for finding or narrowing a topic. Browse for a subject, then look to see what related subjects are listed under the words, "See also."
You can use three different electronic databases that index articles in the field of education; one is a government database, and the others are subscription databases. The databases have some, though not all, material available in full text.
In the library, you may connect by clicking the "Articles Indexes & Databases" link on the library's catalog page or home page. The computers near the library entrance and the reference desk are set up for this.
From elsewhere you may connect directly to our database page. If using databases from off campus, you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password.
You can search by key words or by subject.
If you are looking for a number of articles on a single concept, you may wish to try a Subject search. Click the Subject Guide Search link in the toolbar near the top of the screen.
Fig. 2 The subject search screen
The form on the Advanced Search page makes it easy to combine ideas together. If you wish to target your search to a particular part of an article, such as the title or subject, pulldown menus let you specify in which part of the article to look.
Fig. 3 The advanced search screen
To be sure of finding scholarly articles, you can choose the "Peer Reviewed" option.
For information on interpreting results, printing, saving, and e-mailing, see Using Gale Periodical Databases.
Type your search term(s) in the spaces provided (Fig. 4). You may click the "Peer Reviewed" option to limit your search to scholarly journals. Click "Search."
Fig. 4 The Education Full Text search screen
To use the database's subject headings, click on "Thesaurus" in the blue toolbar banner.
Fig. 5 The Education Full Text thesaurus screen
You may type in a word or phrase and examine the resulting subject headings. Clicking on a heading shows more information about it, including any broader or more specific terms. Select the heading you want, then click the Add button. Clicking the Search button near the top of the screen will execute your subject search.
ERIC is a government database that indexes and abstracts (summarizes) two kinds of material: journal articles and other documents. ERIC provides full text for some recent journal articles. ERIC documents may be any other type of educational material: curriculum materials, conference papers, books, etc. Most documents added to ERIC since 1993 have full text available. Some materials, such as commercially published books, are not available in full text due to copyright restrictions.
Keyword searching in ERIC straightforward. Many tutorials and help pages are available. To get started try the quick help sheet for keyword searching.
ERIC subject searching is somewhat different from the databases described above. To use the subject headings, go to the "Thesaurus" link in the toolbar banner at the top of the screen. Choose "Search and Browse the Thesaurus." Help sheets and audiovisual tutorials on using the Thesaurus are available.
If the article you want is not available online or in our library system, you can request an interlibrary loan by filling out a form onlne.
Please allow extra time for interlibrary loan. The amount of time needed depends on many factors, including how many libraries have the item. It may take from a few days to several weeks; allow a minimum of one week.
Comments: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (503) 399-5231.
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