Because … Use electronic databases to search for local and international literature. Electronic databases contain recent information from book reviews, journal articles, conference papers, and other materials. Some databases provide the complete full text articles or papers. Other databases will just provide abstracts of the journal papers.
Because … An e-database is an organized collection of information. It supports search for journal title, article title, author, issue, volume, etc., which is more flexible and in-depth. Journal title search
No, because … We can only search for journal title in EdCAT, but not on individual article title or author. Journal title search
Why use an e-database? Therefore, e-database is extremely useful when you want to find articles containing particular details, e.g. keyword = peer assessment in classroom You could retrieve journal articles on this topic from e-databases, but you could not find the same information via EdCAT. This is because EdCAT allows search in journal title only; the search does not go into details of each issue or volume of the journal.
Some prominent e-databases on Education Some examples of local electronic databases: Hong Kong Journals Online Dissertations and Theses Collection (DTC) Tips: Available via Library Website -> E-Databases
Some prominent e-databases on Education Some examples of international electronic databases: ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) ProQuest Education Journals Academic Search Premier A+ Education Tips: Available via Library Website -> E-Databases
Identify your keywords Keywords are words or phrases that should appear in the information you are searching for. Keywords are used to do search in the library catalogue and e-databases. For example, your topic is : Study the development of inclusive education under education reform Keywords are : inclusive education education reform Use Boolean Operators (AND/OR/NOT), Wildcards (*), etc, where appropriate, e.g. inclusive education AND education reform
Notation of e-databases EdLINK-enabled e-database Abstract e-database Full text e-database
Provides access to education literature and resources and to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. It contains full text with citation and abstracts from educational and education-related journals.
Demonstration Keywords: inclusive education AND education reform Limit your search to full text articles Use thesaurus / subject term where necessary. e.g. (inclusive education) use (inclusive schools) How many records retrieved?
Searching tips: Expand your search Use “expanders” from the database search screen to expand your search Use boolean operator “OR” to include more search terms e.g. youth OR adolescent OR teenager Use truncation (*) to expand your search term in alternative way e.g. adolescen* to search for adolescent, adolescence, etc.
Searching tips: Narrow your search Use “Limiter” from the database search screen to limit your search results in various way Consider the suggested “Narrow Search Results by Subject” from the search result screen Use boolean operator “AND” to limit search results to a narrower scene e.g. youth AND hong kong
Try yourself Tentative topic: Are electronic books effective in teaching children reading? Suggested keywords: electronic books AND children reading Limit your search to full text articles How many records retrieved?
Can I search across multiple EBSCOhost databases?
Access to ProQuest Education Journals database Advanced search interface
Try yourself Search and retrieve full-text via ERIC and ProQuest Education Journals: Keyword: gifted education AND teaching method Limit your results to full text Try to observe: 1. How many records retrieved from each electronic databases? 2. Evaluate the relevancy of the results retrieved from the TWO databases.
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