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ECD 200 Professional Journal Article Review

2. Find a Journal Article

Try searching the databases below for potential sources you can use for your project.  Try to find sources that provide evidence to support your thesis.  If your keywords aren't working, ask a librarian for help!

Databases / Articles

The following databases are the best place to start. 


As you think about what concepts you want to research, think about what particular words might be found in a good article about that topic.  For instance, if you are writing about the effects of technology in the classroom.  Think of related keywords:

Technology Effects Classroom / Students

online classes / Internet
computers / laptops / tablets
social media

benefits vs. drawbacks
improve vs. hurt
advantages vs. disadvantages

student engagement
cheating / plagiarism

Keywords work best by trial-and-error. Never do only one search. Some keywords will work better than others, and some keywords may lead you to different articles than you found in your first search.  Search the databases with the keywords you selected to find relevant articles. And remember to ask a librarian if you need assistance coming up with keywords or looking for sources.