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EDC316 Early Childhood Development & Learning 2012

Instructor: Assist. Prof. Mark Jackson, Reference & Online Resources Librarian


  • Using Google Scholar to find SCHOLARLY articles. What is a scholar?
  • Introduce you to three databases appropriate for education research
  • Find a child development research article from a scholarly journal
  • Print an article after approval by your professor

Bloomfield College subscribes to at least three online databases suitable for research in the field of education. These databases provide research articles that ARE NOT usually available on the Web. Briefly, these are articles written by experts in the field of education, are usually peer reviewed, provide bibliographies and citations, and involve research statistics or studies. ProQuest and Academic Search Premier will often provide full text articles, including graphs and charts. ERIC is primarily a bibliographic citation index and sometimes provides the full text of an article.

What is a scholar? Google Scholar [] provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research.

Our test search example will be technology and learning in an early childhood education setting. This article from the New York Times discusses this issue: In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores

Some other examples:

ProQuest – Access provided through Bloomfield College Library Web Site – Online Databases

  1. Subject Searching – early childhood  – sort by “scholarly journals” – show only “full text” – check suggested topics  
  2. Searching within a publication – search for “early childhood” in publications
  3. Advanced searching – search for words in title

Academic Search Premier – Access provided through Bloomfield College Library Web Site – Online Databases

  1. Subject Searching – use subject terms (relevancy ranked) - child development
  2. Searching within a publication – search for “child development” in publications – check the titles that seem appropriate – ADD to search – add terms to the search (for example, the word television in the title of a document – look for cited reference (these may lead you to additional material) and also times cited in this database.

ERIC – Access provided through Bloomfield College Library Web Site – Online Databases

  1. Thesaurus (look for terms) For example: Early Childhood Interventions and academic success
  2. Search within a publication: For example, Early Childhood (as part of a publication title) and study (in the abstract AB)


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Finally, please take a moment to assess this information literacy session, thank you!

If you need additional help, I encourage you to email me at – If you need to spend time with me, I will be happy to make an appointment with you. Best wishes, Mark Jackson – Reference and Online Resources Librarian