1. Formulate a research question.
Example: How does interactive digital media improve the achievement of preschool students?
2. Locate key words in your research question. (See boldfaced words above.)
3. Choose appropriate resources.
A. EBSCOhost interface (includes EBSCO Ebooks)
B. ProQuest interface (includes Ebook Central and ProQuest Digital Dissertations)
C. SAGE Premier interface (all peer-reviewed and all full-text)
4. Formulate a search string using Boolean operators (AND, OR & NOT).
· interactive digital media AND student achievement AND preschool
5. Use expanders and limiters.
A. “Apply related words” (replaces truncation symbols)
B. “Also search within the full text of the articles” (broadens search beyond keywords and subject headings)
C. “Apply equivalent subjects” (synonyms)
D. Scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals
E. Publication dates (last five or ten years)
6. Reformulate your search string as needed. Utilize the following to locate other search terms/articles:
A. Interface/database-suggested Search Terms (pop up as you type)
B. Subjects/Descriptors/Keywords (found in record)
C. “Find Similar Results”
D. Reference Lists
7. Click the “Check 360 Link” or “Check Primo for Availability” to find full-text coverage of articles.
8. If an article you’re looking for is not available in print or electronically through IUP Libraries, place an interlibrary loan request through ILLIAD.
· ILLIAD Username:
· ILLIAD Password:
9. IMPORTANT: If you’ve tried all of the above suggestions and you’re still not finding articles, you may have to revise your research question to match the resources you ARE finding.