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Research Education Topics with ERIC: Finding Articles

A guide for the primary database for education research, ERIC (Education Resource Information Center)


What is peer-review?

Content in peer-reviewed or refereed journals has undergone a process by which it is reviewed by experts in the discussed subject matter. The identifying information (such as author name and institutional affiliation) has often been removed during the review, resulting in an unbiased "blind" process. 

Double Blind means the reviewer does not know who the author is, and the author does not know who has reviewed his or her paper.

How do you find peer-reviewed articles?

In many databases, such as ERIC, you can narrow to peer-reviewed or scholarly articles from the advanced search screen, or from the results list.

Say What?

Boolean is fancy library-speak for using AND, OR, & NOT for more effective searching.

Click here to learn more about Boolean searching.

Searching for Journals

If you are looking for specific articles, there are two ways of going about it:

1. You have a topic, and are looking for articles on that topic.

If this is the case, you could start in an education database such as ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) or another education resource. 

Self-test: Can you find an article in ERIC on using games as a teaching tool for autistic children? (hint: use AND)

2. You have a specific citation (from your professor or another article) and are looking for that exact article.

Type in the name of the Journal (not the name of the article) into our Journal Search. Pay attention to the year of your article. Journals may be found electronically or on the shelf in the Kraemer Family Library. If we do not have the journal, you can order it through ILLiad, and the link will be delivered to your UCCS email.

Self-test: Can you find this article? (we have it in 5 places)

Crozier, S., & Sileo, N. M. (2005). Encouraging positive behavior with social stories. Teaching Exceptional Children, 37(6), 26-31.

ILLiad: Interlibrary Loan for Journal Articles

No UCCS holdings for your article?

ILLiad: Interlibrary Loan

Request that the article be delivered to you as a PDF by using ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan). This usually takes a few days - or less!

First time users must create an account. You will need to use your UCCS email address and student ID number.