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Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis: Find Journal

Remote Access to Databases

Accessing electronic resources (databases and electronic journals) from off-campus is relatively easy.  Remote access is available to currently enrolled MU students.  Access is authenticated by the user's username (myZou username and password). If you are trying to access from a work computer (especially in a school district), you may experience access problems related to the firewall installed on your network.  In these cases, you can try to download and install the Virtual Private Network client provided by MU. If this does not work, contact Rhonda Whithaus, Head of Online Information Services, at 573-882-9164 or  Additional information on accessing our electronic resources from off-campus can be found here.

Searching for Journal Articles

When you need to find journal articles written about your topic, then you will want to start by searching the databases provided by the MU Libraries.  There are a number of databases that should be helpful to you in your research.  A full listing of the databases we provide can be found by clicking here.  Some of the databases that might prove most productive in researching educational issues are:

Linking from Databases to Full-text

The databases listed above will lead you to scholarly articles. If you do not find the html or pdf full-text of the article in the database, just click Find it @ MUnext to the article citation.  The article will display if available electronically.  If there is no online access, you'll be given the opportunity to look for a print copy in the Library Catalog. If the article is not available online or in print, you can request the article via Interlibrary Loan.

Database Search Tips

Use Boolean Logic (AND, OR, NOT) to combine search concepts.


TOO FEW hits: OR to add synonyms; individual key words, NOT whole phrases; drop concept(s) with AND; truncate; consider other databases.


TOO MANY hits:  AND another concept into search; use other available limiters in the database.


Truncation symbols (?, *, !, +) will provide variant spelling after the root word. 


A wildcard (?, *) is a character that may be used in a search term to represent one or more other characters.

Do an advanced search and take advantage of the fields provided.

Use the subject headings/descriptors to find additional citations on your topic.  If that does not work, use the keyword search.

You can also use limits (e.g., publication year, language, words in the title, etc.) to narrow your retrieval. 
Set up an auto alert/RSS feed to monitor the research.  Instructions for setting up Auto Alerts/RSS feeds for many databases can be found here.