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Resources in the field of Education

Recommended Databases

We recommend using the following databases and resources for your research:

Related Guides

EDU601 Search Strategies

This page will provide you with some tips and tricks to make your research a breeze! If you still can't find what you need, please don't hesitate to contact the library! You can find our contact information and more on the Get Help page.

To get you started, here are some general search strategies:

Keyword Strategies

Use these keywords in a general search in any one of our recommended databases or inside DragonQuest:

  • Instructional design
  • Instructional design ethics
  • Learning design
  • Course design
  • Instructional design accessibility
  • Inclusive course design
  • Video in course design
  • Ethics online tests
  • “Educational Landscape”
  • Instructional Designer’s Role
  • Scaffolding AND Instructional Design
  • “Design Thinking” AND Instructional Design
  • “Universal Design for Learning”
  • “Digital Redlining”
  • “Data Privacy” AND Higher Education

Subject Strategies

Searching for results by subject heading, rather than by keywords, can help you focus your search in new directions. Consider these subject search options:

  • Instructional systems -- design
  • Education ethics
  • Barrier-free design
  • Online courses
  • "Students with Disabilities”
  • “Educational Policy”
  • “Inclusion”
  • “Inclusive Education”
  • “College Teachers”
  • “Modular Design”

The following image shows you how to change your search to a subject search by using the dropdown menu inside DragonQuest:

Image shows the dropdown menu selection for "SU Subject Terms" in the DragonQuest search area


Research Starters

Need some extra guidance? Try a Research Starter:

What is a Research Starter?

Research Starters are encyclopedia entries, so they are more of an "idea gathering" mechanism than a scholarly source to support your stance on an issue. They provide you with background information on a broad topic and highlight keywords you can use and/or links to source material to get you started on your research. 

Narrowing DragonQuest Search Results

If you'd like to know how to narrow down your DragonQuest list to only full text, peer reviewed, or specific types of resources, we recommend the following tutorial:

Academic Writer Help

If you'd like additional guidance on using Academic Writer, we recommend the following tutorial: