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Higher Education: Sample Search

Search Example

Search in databases such as ERIC or Education Source and Educational Administration Abstracts

Sample topic:  I am interested in exploring student retention at HBCUs.  Ideally I'd like to look at qualitative research articles.

Use Basic Search:

Only 10 articles on this topic in a key education database? The search needs to be modified to find more. 

Use Advanced Search:  It provides multiple search fields.  One strategy is to think about synonyms for each concept:

hbcu, hbi, "historically black colleges and universities"

retention, persistence, graduation, success

qualitative, narrative, "case study"

Advanced Search:     Use  or   between synonyms.  Use  "  "  around phrases.



Review what you've found.  Searching is iterative and can be nonlinear.
You can also Refine your search results.  See the left side of the display screen for LIMITS - Peer Reviewed, Publication Date and more.

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