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Research in Reading

A guide to the research process for students enrolled in EDUC 7102, Research in Reading

Developing Your Research Strategy

Before you start your research, you need to develop a robust research strategy. The following tutorials will help you develop your research question and your research strategy.  Please review these and complete the quizzes at the end--then you will be ready to move on to the next page of this guide, Education Databases, and learn about how to start your research in the Lesley library!

Data Sources

Use the Best Search Terms

Let the database vocabulary be your guide!

Many databases offer a Thesaurus or dictionary of subject terms. Look for the link at the top of the database screen. In the library discovery tool, you will see that you have the option to Limit to Subject, on the left-hand side of the screen. You will also see that many items in your list of search results are tagged with a number of subjects. Mine these lists to get ideas for new search terms to try!

For example, if I try a search for "reading" in the discovery tool, then look at my options under Limit to Subject, I'l get a number of additional keyword ideas

  • reading instruction
  • literacy
  • reading comprehension
  • literacy programs
  • word recognition
  • Etc.!

Now, I can try some of these new search vocabulary ideas to further narrow or develop my research strategy.

Find Topic Ideas for Your Research!

Blogs such as this one are a good way to keep tabs on new research and get ideas for topics that you might want to investigate.

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