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EDUC 542 - Research Methods: Home

How do I...

Find books and articles?

  • Search using the Library home page
    • Use the search box to search for books and articles simultaneously.  Search includes databases such as ERIC, JSTOR, and Academic Search.
  • Search in Education specific databases
  • Search in the Web of Science 
    • Limit to the Research Domain of "Social Science" [facets in left column] after you perform a search.

Find the full text of an article if I have a reference/citation

Use the Citation Search. (Also accessed from the "Articles" tab on the Library home page.)

  • If we do not have access to the full text you will be given the opportunity to place an ILLiad request.

Find out if the library has access to a journal?

Search using Journal Finder. (Also accessed from the "Journals" tab on the Library home page.)

Get a book that is not owned by Buswell?

You can request a book through i-Share or ILLiad.  Both options are available from the detail results screen when you search from the library home page. 

  • i-Share requests can be made for books only and requests go to consortia member libraries.  This is typically faster than an ILLiad request. 
  • ILLiad requests are traditional interlibrary load for both books and articles. 
    • You will be prompted to set up an account the first time you make a request. 

Get a journal article that I cannot access through Buswell?

Articles can be requested through ILLiad. 

  • Use the "Find it @ Wheaton" button found in most databases.  You will be given the option to place an ILLiad request if we do not have access to full text. 
    • You will be prompted to set up an account the first time you make a request. 
  • Articles are delivered electronically, you will get an email when an article you requested is available.

Citation searching allows you to trace the progress of a research topic over time.  If you find an article on a topic anywhere along the timeline, you can:

  • research "backward" in ty by using the references in the back of the article.
  • research "forward" in time:
    • search for the article in Web of Science and click the "Times Cited" link
    • search for the article in Google Scholar and click the "Cited By" link
  • use the "Times Cited" or "Cited By" number to evaluate the importance/impact of an article


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IRB information

Contact Brian Hunt if you have any questions about the IRB process.