Develop a list of keywords/search terms for your research topic/question. Include synonyms and related terms. Search on different keywords and combinations of terms to find information.
Use the Boolean operators AND, OR to combine search terms. For example:
ADHD OR attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
hearing impaired OR hearing impairment OR hearing loss
early childhood education OR preschool OR kindergarten OR pre-K
students with disabilities AND inclusion
ADHD AND strategies AND classroom
autism AND behavior-specific praise
Try nesting your search terms, like:
(autism OR autistic OR ASD) AND praise AND (early childhood education OR preschool OR kindergarten)
Apply limiters to narrow your search results. For example:
Articles are published in periodicals -- journals, magazines, and newspapers. To find articles on a topic, search the Michael Schwartz Library's Research Databases.
For academic research, you should include articles from scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. In the peer review process, an article is reviewed by other experts in the same discipline before it is published in a scholarly journal. Most databases will allow you to limit your results to peer-reviewed journals when searching.
Below are links to some key Research Databases where you can find articles related to Special Education, such as inclusion of students with disabilities, as well as evidence-based strategies for classroom management, teaching, and learning.
Use OneSearch to find books, articles, and more -- all in a single search! For example, a basic keyword search on "students with disabilities" retrieves over 300,000 items!
Remember to use the operator AND to combine your search terms and to narrow your results. For example, a search on "students with disabilities" AND inclusion in OneSearch retrieves over 89,000 results.
Use the limits in OneSearch to narrow your results. You can limit results to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals. You can limit results by Publication Date. You can limit by Source Type, for example, to see Books, eBooks, Academic Journals, Magazines, or News.
Off-campus access to research databases is restricted to current CSU faculty, staff, and students.
To access research databases from off-campus, you will have to authenticate first -- select Cleveland State University, and then enter your Name, CSU ID No., and Library PIN. If you don't have a Library PIN yet, then you can create one on the My Account page.
-Many articles are available full text online in HTML or PDF format inside the research databases.
-If not, then select the yellow Find It! button or the Full Text Finder(s) link to determine the availability of a specific article when searching the databases. You may be able to connect to the full text of the article in another database. Just follow the links!
-If the article is NOT available in the database or by selecting the other links, then check Journals at CSU. Use Journals at CSU to determine if the Library provides full text access (either online or in print) to the TITLES of specific journals, magazines, and newspapers.
-If the article is not available in any of the sources mentioned above, then request it through Interlibrary Loan.