Know the difference between scholarly and non-scholarly articles.
"Scholarly" journal = "Peer-Reviewed" journal = "Refereed"
To determine if your article is from a scholarly journal:
Databases for Educational Studies Research
Journal articles can be found by searching databases. The following list of databases index articles from key education journals.
Try these databases first:
ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) (1966-date)
The most comprehensive database for education research and information. Includes more than 1.2 million records from journals, books, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers, and other education-related material.
Note: ERIC documents not available online, but that have an "ED" accession number, are available in microfiche. Our ERIC microfiche files are on Level 1 of Woodruff Library in microfiche drawer #411.
Education Abstracts (1983 - date)
Provides a wide range of coverage on education topics and fields, including articles from about 80 journals that are not indexed by ERIC.
Other databases for finding educational studies articles:
Web of Science
This database searches across three discipline platforms: Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences. Before doing a search, you can limit to just Social Sciences (for education-related materials). A highly-regarded database among faculty and scholars. A key database for doing citation searches (searching for articles that cite a certain author/article).
Sociological Abstracts (1952 - date)
Indexes and abstracts the international literature in sociology and related fields (including education). Covers almost 2000 journals, plus dissertations, conference papers, and selected books. This is a smaller, more academic database with more foreign language material than SocINDEX (see below).
SocINDEX with Full Text (1895 - date)
Indexes and abstracts over 2500 journals, conference papers, books, and dissertations in sociology & related fields. Includes some popular literature.
Provides the full-text of articles from the backfiles of a vast number of scholarly journals. There are no recent articles in JSTOR (the most current five years). You can limit your search to just education journals.
Academic Search Complete
A comprehensive multidisciplinary database that provides good coverage of articles from scholarly journals, newspapers, magazines, books, reports, and government documents. Provides direct links to the full-text of articles in many cases.
A comprehensive multidisciplinary database that provides good coverage of articles from scholarly journals, newspapers, magazines, and other sources. Provides direct links to the full-text of articles in many cases.