1. From the Library homepage, mouse over "Research Tools" and click on "Research by Subject" in the drop-down menu.

2. Scroll down or click on E for Education, where you'll find research guides and a databases page. Click on the databases page.

3. Scroll down and select ERIC (2 ERICs are listed, but for this tutorial select the top one).

Login with your EID.

4. With EBSCO databases, you have the ability to search multiple databases at once. To use this feature, click "choose databases".

A pop up window with other databases to select will open. All EBSCO databases have descriptions and brief overviews. Access this by clicking on the dialog box next to the title.

Another EBSCO education database to include is Education Source Complete. Add a database by checking the box next to it. Delete one by unchecking it. Click OK at the bottom to return to searching. You can do this at any point in your search.

5. Using Boolean terms (AND/OR/NOT), fill in the search bubbles.

AND limits your search (this AND that)

OR expands it (this OR that)

and NOT is used to exclude results (this NOT that)

6. On the left side are ways to refine your results. Some of the most helpful include limiting to full text, peer reviewed articles, or changing the date range.

7. If an article is not available full text through EBSCO but has the "Find it at UT" button, this article is available to you through a different database. Click "Find it at UT" to access.

8. Other helpful tips for searching:
  • Use the same search line for related topics.
  • Use new search lines for new ideas.
  • The number of results you want varies, depending on your research. Typically, you want between 5 and 150 results to evaluate per search. 

Need help?

Contact Janelle at edlibrarian@lib.utexas.edu with questions about the collections, or Ask a Librarian for assistance searching.