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Library Resources for Special Education Students

Link to the Library Gateway:

Education Databases

You will find a full listing of Education Databases here. These reflect the range, diversity, breadth, and inclusivity of the field of education, indexing a wide variety and range of data.  ERIC, Education Full Text, PsycINFO with PsycARTICLES, and Academic Search Complete are extremely helpful in generating hits for many searches relevant to this discipline. 

Note that there is a description for each database available.  If you click more... at the end of one of these entries, there is additional information about that database including date coverage, number of users, and truncation symbols. 

Truncation Symbols:

  • The asterisk (*) allows you to cut a word at a logical point and get a number of variations on that word in your results. Example: child* will include results with child, child’s, children, children’s, or childhood.
  • The question mark (?) can be used to replace a single letter in a word. Example: wom?n means your results will include both woman and women.

Boolean Operators:

  • AND narrows your search to results which include ALL of your search terms.
  • OR broadens your search to results which include ANY of your search terms.
  • NOT excludes words from your search so that the database will ignore concepts which may be implied by your search terms.

This diagram illustrates the function of the Boolean Operators.

For further information on searching a database, check out a Brief Guide to Resources for Research: Database Search Tips.