TED 7000 - Introductory Master's Seminar

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Karen Liston
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About the TED7000 Library Guide

This library guide will introduce the library resources and services you should use to locate peer-reviewed scholarly and practitioner articles for your Master's Project.

To begin, watch the re:Search videos

You need to complete the six online lessons in re:Search, a set of 6 introductory lessons to library research.

Click this link to access the re:Search Online Library Lessons

Instructional Modules

This guide is designed to step you through an introduction to library resources and services that will support your research for TED7000.

For the optimum learning experience, please go through the modules in the order presented below.


Module 1: Research Resources in Your Content Area

Explore this Education Research Guide for your content area (Science, Mathematics, Reading, Social Studies, etc.) by selecting the content area on the left navigation bar of this page.

The guide provides access to library databases that have books, articles databases and websites related to the content area.

Module 2: Citation and Writing Resources

Additional Resources

Following are more resources to help you with writing your papers and citing your sources.

Module 3: Types of Information Sources and Identifying Empirical Research

What is Peer Review?

Peer review is a process designed to assess the validity, quality and often the originality of articles for publication. Its ultimate purpose is to maintain the integrity research publications and mitigate bias. Authors of articles published in peer reviewed journals are not compensated for their writing. Peer reviewed publications are the way scholars "talk" to one another.

Watch the video below for a brief explanation of the peer review process.


What is Empirical Research?

Empirical research is research based on observed and measured phenomena. Using empirical research articles as sources for your papers strengthens your arguments. Additionally, you may have assignments that require the use of empirical research articles from scholarly journals.

Review the following Powerpoint presentation on the components of an empirical research article.

Locating Empirical Research Articles

Module 4: Beginning Your Research

There are strategies you can employ that will help make your research efficient and effective.

Watch the following video for an explanation of one way to develop an efficient search strategy for your research topic.

Module 5: Searching Library Databases

Once you have identified your search terms using a search strategy development process like the search strategy worksheet in Module 4, you can employ Connector (Boolean) search strategies to increase the precision of your search in information discovery tools such as library databases and Google Scholar.

Watch the following video for an explanation of Connector (Boolean) searching.

Before you begin exploring ERIC, watch the following video to understand how to use the 360 link to full-text button to access or order full-text when it is not immediately available in your ERIC search results.

Using the ERIC Database

ERIC stands for Educational Resources Information Center. It is a database sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the US Department of Education. It provides a comprehensive database to education research and information, including articles published in scholarly journals. Searching ERIC through a library database platform like ProQuest provides access to Wayne State University library full-text resources.

Using your Search Strategy Worksheet, access the ERIC database and see if you can:

  • Find the Advanced Search
  • Limit the date range of your search results
  • Identify how to limit your search results to peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Identify how to limit your search results to Scholarly journal articles
  • Locate the selection that will allow you to email your search results
  • Locate the tool that will create an APA citation for you

Want to search more?

You can use SUMMON, a library discovery system, to search all of the library's full-text articles, books, ebooks and more at one time.

Searching Google Scholar

You can use the Google Scholar link on the library homepage to search Google Scholar and link to directly to the library's online holdings. Remember, you should never pay for articles or other resources. Use Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan to request materials that are not immediately available in full-text. Having trouble? Use HELP on the library homepage to CHAT with a librarian 24x7.

Module 6: Finding Articles and Other Information Sources When You Have a Citation

The library databases and Google Scholar are just a starting point for researching a topic. In many cases, articles and other information sources you find will contain substantial reference lists, which you can use to identify other sources of information for your research.

Watch the following video, which demonstrates wayns you can find an article when you have a citation.

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