Choosing a Topic
- Select a topic that is BOTH interesting to you and well defined.
- Before settling on a topic, review the research assignment requirements and parameters.
- If there is uncertainty about the whether the topic you've chosen is relevant or acceptable your professor can provide valuable advice. A librarian can help you gauge the availability of scholarly resources on your topic.
- Browsing or scanning the literature around topics of interest is a good way to determine the feasibility of a topic. This can help focus a broad topic to a manageable research project.
Encyclopedia of Educational Research Ref LB 15 .E48
4 vols. 6th ed. New York: Macmillan, 1992 Encyclopedia of Distance Learning
The Encyclopedia of Distance Learning offers the most comprehensive coverage of the issues, concepts, trends, and technologies of distance learning. Encyclopedia of Education
"Intended to provide a comprehensive description of the enterprise of education both within the United States and throughout the world." Approximately 900 articles offer a view of the institutions, people, processes, and products found in educational practice. Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media Encyclopedia of Human Development Encyclopedia of School Psychology 21 st Century Education Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership & Administration Encyclopedia of the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education
Provides a comprehensive background to issues involving schools and society. Includes a visual history from colonial times to the Civil Rights era. Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies Encyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent Encyclopedia of African American Education Encyclopedia of Bilingual Education Sage Handbook of Educational Leadership Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse, Prevention and Treatment Encyclopedia of Language and Education
A fully revised and updated edition, which includes two new volumes on language socialization and the ecology of language, provides a global coverage of language and education and an emphasis on multicultural and bilingual education. Each review is followed by a reference list. Encyclopedia of Distributed Learning
Literature Review Mechanics
To do a comprehensive literature review you will need to use multiple databases and perform many searches with keywords, phrases, and broader and narrower subject terms.
For exceptional models of literature reviews, browse the articles published in Review of Educational Research
Identifying Scholarly Primary Research Articles: A Two Step Process
Is the journal scholarly?
- Published in Scholarly or Peer Reviewed or Blind Reviewed or Refereed Journals.
- Use Cabell's or Ulrich's or the Editorial Policy Statement in Journal or Database.
- Professional/practitioner magazines don't typically publish research but do publish tips, news and guides.
- Not all articles published in scholarly journals are primary empirical research. Scholarly journals also publish theoretical articles, reviews, editorials and news. Occasionally practitioner magazines publish primary research.
Is this a research article?
- Authoritative Author
- Data Documented
The Library has many books on education research methods. To find more, search our catalog for the subject education research or browse the LB1028 section on the 3rd floor of Falvey Memorial Library. Additionally, the following e-books on research methods in general should be helpful.
Disseminating Your Research
JCR Web: Science & Social Sciences Editions (Thomson Reuters)
Cabell’s Directories of Publishing Opportunities
Provides the publishing guidelines of journals in the following areas: accounting, management, marketing, educational curriculum and methods, educational psychology and administration, and psychology. Includes address for submission, review information (such as type of review, acceptance rate) and type of articles (current issues, literature reviews, etc.).
National Education Association Conferences
List of annual conventions
Keyword and subject searches in the Library's catalog are good starting points when first exploring a topic. Search results can be narrowed with facets such as topic, era, language or region. Facets are located on the right hand side of the results screen.