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EDUC 2125 History of Education (Donato): Group Poster

Research guide for Ruben Donato's History of Education course.

Choosing Your Search Terms

Choosing Powerful Search Terms  Choosing Powerful Search Terms

This Google drive version of the search worksheet is locked, but you can save it to your Google Drive. To do this go to File | Make a Copy and then you can edit and put all your keywords into it.

Where to Look?

Linking Your Concepts

Many library databases have advanced search screens like this:

Advanced Searching with Boolean Operators

Boolean Searching Tips

Boolean Operator Example What it does
AND Halo AND language ideology Narrows your search
OR teens OR adolescents OR "young adults" Broadens your search
NOT "music education" NOT "music teachers" Weeds out unhelpful stuff
"" (Quotation marks) "multiple personality disorder" Searches an exact phrase, those words in that order
* (Asterisk)


(will include possibilities like communication, communicators, communicating, etc)

Includes all possible word ending variations


Tips for Print Sources

For McGuffey Readers and Children's Literature Groups

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Checklist for Scholarly/Peer Reviewed Article

May also be known as Scholarly article, Peer reviewed article, or Refereed article, or Journal article

  •  What’s the title of the publication? __________________________________________________
    (Hint: different from the article title. Often Journal, Review, or Quarterly will be part of the journal title)
  •  Are the Authors experts (PhDs, MDs, etc)? ___________________
  •  Does the article follow a format like this?
    • Abstract / Summary
      Introduction or Literature Review
      Methods: Did they conduct an experiment? What did they do?
  •  Is there a References section or footnotes/endnotes?
  •  Uh oh: does the article heading say “Perspectives,” “Opinion,” “Editorial,” or indicate anything other than a research article?
  •  How long is the article? (Hint: Usually between 5-30 pages)
  •  Are there charts, graphs, and tables of numbers?
  •  Was the article reviewed by other scholars/experts to see if the research is of high quality? (Hint: Do a Google search. Look for categories like, “Instructions for Authors” or “About the Journal” on publisher’s webpage, which often mention "peer review" or "refereed" articles)
  • What type of study is this? Case study, research experiment, review article, etc?

If you answer "yes" to most of these questions, chances are good that you've found a scholarly article! Still not sure? Ask a CU Librarian!

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Group Poster Topics

Testing Bilingual Education
Corporal Punishment Special Education
School District Consolidation Busing (for integration)
Multicultural Education Teacher Unions
Vocational Education Title IX Gender Equality
Magnet Schools Sex Education
Creation of Kindergarten Classes Head Start
Tennessee vs. John Scopes ("Monkey Trial"), 1925 Socioeconomic Integration

McGuffey Readers

(primary source support at Libraries)

Separation of Church and State
Children's Literature
(primary source support at Libraries')