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* Education: Orientation for Warner Students


Warner School - Library Orientation

Eileen Daly-Boas,

Phone: 273-5360

Office: Rush Rhees 106 - just past the reference stacks.

Library homepage:

Library Guide to Research in Education:

You can find my contact info, and make appointments with me. (If you don’t see a time that works, just email me and let me know.)


What can a Librarian do for you?

  • Help you find the highest quality books and articles for your research.

  • Assist in brainstorming/concept mapping/focusing your research questions.

  • Show you tips and tricks for efficient research - my job is to save you time!

  • Introduce you the best tools for tracking your research and managing your citations.

  • Help you navigate research for literature reviews and research proposals.

  • Be a sounding board when you’re just not sure what you need!

Step-by-step guide to research using the library’s vast resources:

1.    Brainstorm some terms and concepts related to your subject. Research is like batting practice - you’re going to take a few swings and miss whenever you start with a new topic.

2.    Articles & Books search box at is a good place to start - many ways to limit your search:

a.    Use the limiters - scholarly articles, by discipline, by year, etc.

b.    Click on the “preview” link - it will often give you a summary, so you’ll know if it’s worth getting to the full-text

c.    Try different terms, and modify your search as you go along.

d.    Click on the quotation mark next to the article to get a citation for your bibliography.

3.    Databases for your Subject: find by clicking Databases tab on homepage, then

“browse by subject”:

a.    Education: Education (ProQuest), ERIC

b.    Psychology: PsycInfo

4.    Google Scholar:

a.    Best for finding if an article has been cited in order to track a scholarly conversation

    5. MERLOT II:

  1. MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community.


Keeping track of your sources

If you’re working with a lot of sources, you might want to keep track of them.

Reference Management tools can help you keep track of your sources, and help you put your citations in your paper.

Want to create a bibliography in just a few clicks? Add citations without pulling out your hair?

Any of these Reference Managers can do that!

You only need one:

RefWorks - easy to use, lives in the cloud.

EndNote - a little trickier to use, but very powerful. Especially good if your research group/professors use it.

Mendeley - works great if you have mostly pdfs in your research.

Zotero - best one to use if you have a variety of kinds of sources: webpages, videos, images, pdfs and books.


Picking your topic