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Graduate Education: Articles, Dissertations & Books

Helpful information for graduate research in education


This guide helps you find the resources your professors expect you to use in your education program. You will find:

  • How-to videos and tutorials
  • Articles, databases, and books for scholarly education-related research
  • Specialized resources for specific education areas
  • Support for APA citations and Zotero research management

How-To Videos

Database Search Tips

Database Searching
  • Look for Advanced Search option
  • Combine search terms (AND)
  • Use alternative terms (OR)
  • Limit: peer-reviewed, publication date
  • Avoid limiting by full-text availability
  • Get better keywords from subject headings
  • Truncation/wildcard (adolesc*)
Citation Trails
  • Check introduction, lit review, and references of helpful articles
  • Use Google Scholar “cited by” for more recent
We Don’t Have It?

START HERE: Databases with General Education Content

These databases have a lot of articles on education research. They are a good place to start your search. 

Other Common Resources

These resources are often used for special-purpose research, in addition to the major databases listed above. For more guidance, see the Specialized Research tab above. 


Most of your grad-level research will come from articles, dissertations, and government reports. These are found in the databases and resources linked above. 

You will sometimes need books for historical context, background, overviews, or theory on a topic. Use the search box below to find print books and ebooks available through the Brenau library.



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