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EDUC 102: Educational Psychology: Finding Sources

Education resources to help get you started

Research Assignment Tip:

While Google Scholar will search across a huge range of journals, not all of them will be specific to your disciplines of interest.

Searching within education- and psychology-focused journals may help you obtain a more specific and relevant list of results (potentially saving you time and effort). 

Interlibrary Loan

Sometimes you'll find an abstract that fits perfectly with your research topic, but when you try to find the full text of the article you hit a paywall ("For the low, low price of $52 you can access this article for 36 hours!").


Instead, copy the title of the article and paste it into the WorldCat search bar at the top of the library homepage. If you see the article in the results in WorldCat, click the title. Find the "Get It" button and click it to submit an interlibrary loan request.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) allows us to borrow the article (or a book) for you at no cost to you. The average turnaround time is 9 hours, so you'll get the article fairly quickly.

If you have any trouble, just contact your librarian for help!

Searching Across Databases

Searching across databases may be useful, especially for classes like Educational Psychology, where there is crossover between disciplines. You can select any or all databases displayed in the list and add them to your search.

  1. From within ERIC or PsycInfo, click Change Databases in the hamburger menu at the top of the page
  2. Check Select All OR check specific databases that you want to include in your search
  3. Click Use Selected Databases button at the top or the bottom of the page

Note that the options for limiting your search may vary depending on which databases you include in your search.

Reading Complex Material

Information Synthesis