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Finding Journal Articles using Databases

Education Data

Searching the Open Web (not databases/library)

The open web provides a plethora of resources for finding data.  Try using Google Advanced searching or Google Dataset Search.  

Tips for Advanced Google searching include:

  • Include search terms like data or table 
  • Google ignores the word AND as a search operator. But, typing OR in all caps will find similar or related terms (e.g. women OR females OR girls).
  • Search for a particular document type (e.g. childhood obesity filetype:xls)
  • Search for data on a particular site or domain (e.g. childhood obesity
  • Exclude words by using the "-" sign in front of the word you wish to exclude

Keeping track of your sources

If you're working on a research paper or literature review, you'll need an easy way to keep track of your sources. This guide can help:

Finding . . .


     Search the Voyager Catalog to find books, journals (not journal articles, there are no articles in the Catalog), DVDs, UR dissertations that are available through the University of Rochester Libraries. 

     Search the WorldCat database to identify books and other materials that have been published but which may not be available at the University of Rochester Libraries. Click on the red "Find@UR"  button to link to an interlibrary loan request form.


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1.  I'd like to read a book in the Rhees stacks. Is there a way to have it held for me at the desk?

Yes! We'd be happy to retrieve the book and hold it for you at the Rush Rhees Q&i desk. We will email you when the book is available.

  • Look up the book title in the Voyager catalog,
  • If you get a list of titles--select the one you want by clicking the title.

Select "Request This Item" near the top of the page.


2. I'm graduating! How can I access UR library materials?


Alumni Library Gateway




Searching Articles & Books

Searching Education Full Text Database

Google Scholar Tips

Education Librarian

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Eileen Daly-Boas

Can’t find a time on my schedule that works for you? Meet with the on-call librarian at
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Office hours in LeChase 3rd floor by Computer lab Jan 30-May 16:
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Phone: (585)273-5360
Rush Rhees Library, Room 106, 755 Library Rd, Rochester, NY 14627

Prefer to have a video chat? Find a time with "Meet with Me" and choose the video chat option.


Brainstorming - step by step

Write what you know - what you’re curious about - don’t edit yourself! Terms that you know, researchers? Any more specific areas you might focus on -


Pre-research: Where do you get ideas for the right kind of terms? Wikipedia, google, news, friends? Take a few minutes to look around. If you like google, fine - just remember, we’re just getting the landscape. Try to think of some source that you have some trust in with respect to your topic.


First pass at narrowing your topic

Who - can you narrow the group?

Where - can you narrow the place?

When - can you narrow the time frame?

How - can you limit to a particular methodology/effect?

(If your research question/topic is super-specific - you can use these to broaden it a little, too.)


Using Articles and Books as brainstorming tool. (first tab: Articles & Books)  

What we’re not doing quite yet: looking for 10 pdfs to download and read. (We’ll get there, I promise)

  • We’re going to start by seeing what’s happening in the field *right now* - we’ll put some search terms in, and then use the filters:

Scholarly articles


Publication date (try “Last 12 months”)

Use the “Preview” link to read the abstract, subject headings, etc.

Not finding what you want? Try changing the search terms - you might be discovering new terms as you look.


Finding a few “starter” articles

Your research question should be getting a little more focused now. Find one or two articles that look promising. Open them up, and we’ll take a moment to think about how these might help us find more relevant research.

  • Author, journal, keywords

  • Lit review, introduction, background

  • Conclusion: areas for future research

  • Works Cited/ Bibliography/References

Is there one article cited that you like that’s more than 2 years old? Let’s see if anyone else has cited that article:

Now, you have a few articles, and you might find you need to go through parts of this again as your ideas change and develop.  Have a strategy and remember that I’m here to help with that!

Getting the most out of the library