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EIA 526 Research in Interdisciplinary Arts: Search Tips for EIA 526

ERIC Database

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Step 1: Identifying Key Concepts and Synonyms or Alternative Terms in the Topic

Before you can search for appropriate articles for your bibliography, you need to identify the key concepts in your research topic, and identify any synonyms or alternative terms. Let's look at the first five topics in your syllabus:

Step 1: Identify the key concepts in your research topic.
Step 2: Identify any synonyms or alternative terms. You can look at the ERIC thesaurus for ideas.

Problem solving skills of kindergarten children

  Alternative terms or      
synonyms
OR  Alternative terms or      
synonyms
OR  Alternative terms or      
synonyms
Concept 1 problem solving OR critical thinking OR brainstorming
AND
Concept 2 skills OR skill OR ability
AND
Concept 3 kindergarten OR early childhood OR preschool

NOTE: Use ERIC descriptors to narrow your search results.

   

Step 2: Identifying ERIC Descriptors and Truncated Terms

You can have more focused results if you identify the ERIC descriptors. These are the subject headings or index terms used by ERIC to locate other resources on the same topic. You can use the ERIC Thesaurus to identify terms.

You can include more alternatives if you truncate words with various spellings. For example, you can use child* to find child, children, childhood, childless, childish, etc. In other words, you use the asterisk (For example,  child* ) to look for those letters as the root or stem in other word.

Problem solving skills of kindergarten children  -- ERIC Descriptors in Yellow

  Alternative terms or     
synonyms
OR Alternative terms or     
synonyms
OR Alternative terms or     
synonyms
Concept 1 problem solving OR critical thinking OR brainstorming
AND    
Concept 2 skill* OR abilit*
AND  
Concept 3 kindergarten OR early childhood OR preschool*

 

Step 3: Using the Concepts to Search in ERIC

Example 1 -- Keyword search in ERIC (CSA) using key concepts and synonyms:

 

Example 2: Using descriptors and truncated keywords to search in ERIC: