What is a database? A collection of articles found in journals and newspapers. Some also include videos, ebooks and images.
Why use databases and not websites? Many websites are created or sponsored by companies with the intent to sell products or services. Their information may be inaccurate or biased.
The following is a list of databases that contain relevant sources in the field of education. Try the first three before using the multi-disciplinary ones.
If you are looking for a particular journal, go to Journals page.
Please note: Off-site access to these databases requires a valid St. Francis College login.
Here are two additional sources (from the Internet) to help you find articles.
Here is a video on how to use Google Scholar. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hi6KcTxJJ2g
Go to SFC Library Homepage (http://library.sfc.edu/) to search our catalog.
1) Click the "Articles & Databases" tab to searches for articles.
2) Select a field in the "Search for" second dropdown menu will yield better results. Here are four that you may use.
3) Select the recommended "peer-reviewed journals" refinement in the result page on the left under "Refine My Results." (Scroll down to "What are Scholarly Articles" to understand why use peer-reviewed journals.)
4) To find results from a specific time frame, scroll down the page and put the range of years in the “Creation Date” boxes.
5) To further narrow results, use the "Topic" refinement feature. This feature recommends specific topics related to your search. Click “More options” to open a pop-up box of more suggested topics.
6) The number of results should be reduced. You can remove any refinements by clicking the X to the right of the refinement.
Scholarly, peer-reviewed, or refereed articles are written by scholars or experts in a particular discipline. The authors' peers review the article before it gets published in a journal (see definition below.) This process adds more credibility and accuracy to the claims in the article.
There are a dozen ways to distinguish scholarly journals from other types of periodicals.
Three key specifications are: Who wrote it? What is the article’s structure? Is there a list of works cited?
And here is a 3-question test to help you. Is this Article Scholarly?
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, journals are "any periodical publication containing news or dealing with matters of current interest in any particular sphere."
An abstract of an article summarizes the article. Sometimes you may only see an abstract and not the full-text of the article. The reason is our subscriptions do not have full-text access to every result in a particular database. If you search our catalog and find only an abstract, you can request the article through our interlibrary loan service. And if you search a database and find only an abstract, try to search for the article with its full title in our catalog. This allows you to search all of our databases for it.