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Education Research

main guide for education research and resources for the College of Education

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is good for:

  • beginning researchers who need help finding journal titles and authors
  • finding obscure references
  • citation tracking

It is limited because it cannot:

  • search by discipline
  • limit or filter search results

Google also does not release the names of the publishers or journal titles the results come from.   

It is an imprecise search tool, particularly when compared to the discipline specific databases available through the library.  


Trouble Accessing E-Resources?

Reference & Discovery Services can help with:

  • accessing e-resources - articles, journals, databases, e-books...these are the people you need to contact if you have trouble
  • other tech support
  • reference questions - quick questions to more in-depth...if they need to, they'll refer you to me. They're available more hours than I am and more quickly too!


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