These four subscription databases are the best ones to search for education-related articles. ERIC, Education Source & Professional Development Collection all have the same interface (EBSCOHost), so they will look exactly the same. Education Database is a ProQuest database and will look a little different, but overall it should be pretty similar to the other databases in appearance.
Unfortunately, there's no such thing as a perfect search - you will likely need to try a few different combinations of keywords in order to find good results. We're going to discuss two methods for coming up with additional keywords and phrases:
Second, you will need to use database limiters to meet some of the requirements for your assignments. Database limiters limit or reduce the number of results you get. The two limiters we'll focus on are:
A few other search tips you might find handy:
The screenshot below is from Education Source. I recommend that you put one concept in each search box, like I did here:
As you can see in the last box, the autocomplete has offered several useful suggestions. I've chosen "grades or academic performance or academic achievement" in the search below.
My initial search only retrieved 17 results, so I'm going to look at the articles' subjects for ideas on how I can get more results:
Result #5 looks the most relevant, since it talks about academic outcomes. Looking over the subject headings, there are a few that we might want to try searching for:
Even though #4 isn't quite what we're looking for, there are some good subjects listed here, which might be a bit closer to our example topic:
TIP: Mix and match the concepts you come up with - you'll likely do several different searches. Again, this is a normal part of the search process!
Using both techniques above, I found a combination of search terms that turned out to be very helpful. I would never have predicted "mobile food services" would be a helpful thing to search for!
You can also see that this search brought up 108 results, so it's likely there are some additional good results to be found.
Limiters are fairly simple to use - they are usually just checkboxes (like the peer-reviewed journal limiter in both images below) or other simple adjustments (like the date sliders in EBSCOHost).