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EDPSYCH 3148 - Learning and Motivation in the Classroom - Advanced Research

Techniques for searching ERIC, PsycINFO, Google Scholar, Nexis Uni, and the EBSCO system.

Self-Regulation: An example in the database ERIC

Focus by Title, Abstract, or Subject

Three options for focusing your search include searching for your concept in the Title (TI Title) or in the Abstract (AB Abstract). 

Once you discover a subject heading - either by inspecting your initial search results or by using the ERIC Thesaurus - you may also wish to limit by Subject (SU Subject).




Focus on a particular educational level

After choosing your search terms and limiting to a particular field (Title, Abstract, Subject), you can move farther down the search page and limit by a particular Educational Level e.g. Elementary Education.

It is possible to select more than one option under the Educational Level by keeping the Ctrl (Cmd) key depressed while clicking on multiple choices.

Various endings of a word

Use the asterisk * as a suffix to find all the variations of a word.

The search self-regulat* finds:

self-regulation, self-regulated, self-regulatory, self-regulated, etc.

Limit to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals

To simply focus on peer reviewed journals check the box for Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals


Limit to Empirical Research

To focus only on empirical studies (research) articles:

Check the box for Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals

Choose Reports - Research under Publication Type