Finding Academic Articles

When looking for research on topics in education, you can use articles from academic scholarly journals and practitioner journals. Both types of journals can be excellent resources for educators but there are some differences. Academic scholarly journals will often have a format (introduction, methods, results, and discussion) and a lengthy list of references. Practitioner journal articles are written to reach those in the field and will have information on practical and engaging instructional methods or trends in the field. These articles will also have references but tend to be shorter. 

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How to search in multiple EBSCO databases at once

Your research topic might overlap with other disciplines. By searching in other databases, you can cast a wider net and find relevant articles. 

Pro-tip: You can search in multiple Ebsco databases at the same time if your research topic overlaps (ex: if you're researching school counseling, you might want to search in ERIC and PsycINFO at the same time)


Select Choose Databases and click the box next to the other databases you want to use at the same time. Press Ok and then click the Search button to re-do your search with the same keywords but this time in all the databases you selected. 

Google Scholar can be a great resource when you're trying to find related articles for your topic. It's also helpful if you're having some issues finding resources on a topic where there might be a limited amount of available published literature or if you've found some good articles but they're not the most recent publications.

Access Google Scholar from Quick Links on the Library homepage. In Google Scholar, paste in the title of the article you're using for your research. Look for the Cited By link underneath the article info. For the example below, 88 articles have cited the Oakleaf & Kaske article since it was published in 2009. By clicking on Cited By, you would see the information for the 88 articles. Look for the PDF or FindIt@UND button to access the articles. 



Pro-tip: Don't see the FindIt@UND button next to an article you need for your research? Get it through our Interlibrary Loan service!