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Start with a broad keyword search in the databases below and use the limiters (usually along the left side) to narrow and focus your results.
Read the abstracts of several articles and save those that might be of interest.
Use those first few to glean additional keywords and subject terms to re-run your search.
Collect more than you are planning to use and evaluate and examine their references.
Discard the less useful articles and repeat this process.
To cross-search the databases below (search more than one at a time), select "Choose databases" on the Ebsco screen next to the database name and select additional databases from the list. This will dramatically enlarge your search results.
Education Source, our most comprehensive education database for students, professionals and policy makers spans all levels of education and includes specialties such as multilingual education, health education and testing.
Includes citations for dissertations and theses from around the world, ranging from 1861 to those accepted last semester. Dissertations published from 1980 forward include 350-word abstracts; master's theses from 1988 forward include 150-word abstracts. Where available, PQDT provides twenty-four page previews.
Browse the Thesaurus (top bar in Ebsco screen) for additional keyword options.
Watch for journals that specialize in your topic and browse those journals.
Note the names of authors working in your area of interest and search them by name.
Examine recent PhD dissertations for cutting-edge research ideas and extensive bibliographies.
Do a cited article search in Web of Science or Google Scholar by clicking the "cited by" link.