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SCoE: Educational & Instructional Technology Resources

Library resources on technology in education


Navigator Search, National University Library

Search for articles, books, dissertations, and more


Finding Journals

How to Find a Journal

ejournal iconNeed an article from a specific journal? Use the box below to see if our library has the journal you're interested in.

Find e-journals by title or ISSN

Browse e-journals by subject

Found a great journal or article database that you would like us to add to the library's collection? Let us know!

Finding Full-Text

Finding full-text is easy if you know what you're looking for (refer to image below):

  1. In most databases you can simply limit to ONLY articles that have full-text available.
  2. In NavigatorSearch and other EBSCO databases, you can select the "Click to look for full text" option under an article to see if it is available in another library database.
  3. Articles with PDF full text availability will show up with the "PDF Full Text" icon under the article record.

Find Full Text (based on previous text)

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Sample Database Searches

Constructing an Effective Search

  1. Begin with the BIG IDEA.
  2. Think of search terms that represent one or two of the key ideas in your topic.
  3. Try adding another key idea to narrow your topic: an intervention strategy, a specific population, or a phrase such as program effectiveness.

The following searches use selected EBSCO databases.  Feel free to begin with these searches then modify to focus on your own research questions:

Try the following synonyms as you explore ways to modify your search strategy:

educational technology: instructional technology, multimedia, multimedia instruction, computer assisted instruction, instructional materials, visual aids, educational media, educational television, technology integration, computer uses in education, technology uses in education, simulation, simulated environment, games, gaming

classroom: classroom management, classroom environment

school: elementary, primary, intermediate, secondary, middle school, junior high, high school

teacher: teacher role, teacher competencies

curriculum: curricula, instructional design, study & teaching, teaching methods, educational strategies, learning strategies, critical thinking, problem solving, classroom techniques, instructional effectiveness

learning styles: learning modalities, intermode differences

online education: online courses, online learning, virtual, web-based instruction, electronic learning

Remember that each database has a thesaurus of acceptable index terms.  If you use the "language of the database," you'll find more relevant results.

Research Best Bets