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This research guide will assist anyone researching in the field or subject of Education.


 The Multi-Search allows users to search multiple databases at the same time. Users can find scholarly articles, books, eBooks, newspaper articles, dissertations and theses, book reviews, and more using the Multi-Search.


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Most Useful For

  • Searching many sources at once and saving time by "casting a wide net" instead of searching individual databases one at a time
  • Searching for a lot of different material types at once (e.g. books and eBooks, scholarly articles, newspapers, streaming video, etc.)


  • Can be overwhelming--searches that are not specific enough may bring back too many results
  • Doesn't search ALL library databases and electronic resources--users may miss some good sources if they only use the Multi-Search

Our Recommendation

Consider using the Multi-Search primarily when you

  1. Are having trouble finding information on your topic
  2. Are not sure where to start looking for information on your topic
  3. Have a fairly specific topic in mind
  4. Are interested in finding a wide variety of source types.

A-Z Database List

The A-Z Database List allows users to find and search individual databases that the library subscribes to. Users can view all the databases alphabetically, search for a database by title, or use the three drop downs on the A-Z Database List to search for databases by subject, type, or vendor. Wave over the icons next to each database for more information about each one.


Most Useful For

  • Searching for resources within individual databases such as EBSCOhost, Project Muse, JSTOR, etc.
  • Determining which databases would be best for your research depending on the subject you are researching, the types of sources you need, or the vendor who provides the database


  • Requires users to search in each database individually to find sources--can be time consuming (with a few exceptions, e.g. EBSCOhost)
  • Requires users to determine which database would be most appropriate for their research--users who are unsure which database to use should ask a librarian by chatting or emailing

Our Recommendation

Consider using the A - Z Database List primarily when you

  • Want to save time by searching in subject-specific, source type-specific, or vendor-specific database for sources
  • Have been given a recommended database to use by a professor or librarian
  • Have either a fairly specific topic or a broad topic in mind
  • Are interested in finding a wide variety of source types.

Periodical Finder

The Periodical Finder allows users to search for an individual journal by title or ISSN number. Users can also browse journals by title or by subject. The Periodical Finder allows users to see if the library has access to a journal and if so, how much access we have to it (e.g. issues from ten years ago to today) and where they can access the journal (e.g. in a database vs. in our print collection).


Most Useful For

  • Searching for individual journals by title, ISSN, or browsing journals by title or subject
  • Determining where to access a specific journal and how much access we have to a specific journal


  • Does not allow users to search within multiple journals at once (like a database does), rather to search for, access, and use individual journals (e.g. The Harvard Business Review)

Our Recommendation

Consider using the Periodical Finder primarily when you:

  • Have a specific journal in mind that you'd like use
  • Want to know if we have access to a specific journal
  • Want to know if there are multiple access points for a journal
  • Want to browse all the journals we have an a particular subject (e.g. Biology)

Recommended Databases

The Shapiro Library subscribes numerous databases filled with scholarly articles, book chapters, research reports, statistics, and more from thousands of respected publications. The following is a list of some of the best database for doing research on the subject of education:

Google Scholar

It's true that you can find some high-quality, scholarly articles online. If you're going to search online for articles, make sure to evaluate your sources thoroughly. Check out our Google Like a Librarian guide for search tips or ask a librarian ( if you need more help.

Google Scholar Search