Parts can be combined depending upon the journal publisher's preferred format. The most commonly combined sections are: (1) introduction with literature review; and (2) results with discussion.
While the library has many full-text journal and newspaper articles available online, you may need some that are not.
Getting an article MTSU owns in print
Getting an article MTSU DOES NOT own
The JEWL (James E. Walker Library) Search box located on the homepage allows you to look for books, articles, media and more from a single location. This is quite extensive and is like doing a Google search of your library resources. However, not all of our library article databases are searchable through the JEWL Search. For example, our best article database for social work (Social Work Abstracts) is not included in the JEWL Search. You can access it from either the DATABASES link or go to RESEARCH GUIDES and pull up the guide for Social Work which will provide links to Social Work Abstracts as well as related databases such as Sociological Abstracts. There is nearly always a database that focuses just upon your main subject discipline so be sure to take advantage of the Research Guides.
Here is a example of how to locate articles using the JEWL Search:
If I perform a search on autism education I return over 12,000 results. Yes, this is a lot, but I am also presented with a great many ways to quickly and easily narrow down my results.
Seeing so many results I may want to narrow down my topic further by adding elementary on the next line of the search box. Combining autism education with elementary using the AND operator ensures that I will return only resources with both concepts.
This narrows my results down to just over 1,000. Now we are going to refine our results by selecting the Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journals limit and also also limit the publication date to the last 10 years (2005-2015) using the Publication Date slide bar. Depending upon the topic searched you may also be offered the option to limit to news, magazine, and trade publication articles.
I now have just over 600 results. I can continue using the limits on the left-hand side. If I am unhappy with my results after any limit all I have to do is to click on the next to the Limiters to remove it and restore my previous results.
One of the limits on the left-hand side is for Content Provider. It will show you the individual article databases with the most results for your search. You should consider searching these databases separately through the DATABASES link or through the Education Resources Research Guide.
We can immediately learn that the ERIC database has 122 search results on our topic and that Education Source has 79 search matches. If we go to DATABASES we can find ERIC in the A-Z listing and click for access.
Searching a database like ERIC separately rather than through JEWL Search provides more refined search limits customized for the subject speciality. For Example, ERIC has limits for educational levels.
Our LIbrary Research Guides collect together in one place all the best library resources for a specific topic. Click on RESEARCH GUIDES to see menu options.
Below is a listing of all the Library Research Guides for Education.
Here is a look at our Education Resources online library research guide:
This guide immediately shows you that the library's recommended article databases for education are Education Source, ERIC, and PsycINFO.