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EDUC 1300 - Thatcher, Carmen: Academic Success in School

Student groups will find peer reviewed articles that support "Academic Success in School."

Searching as Strategic Exploration

Sample topics: 1. Taking quizzes after reading a chapter increases test scores 2. Resilience in school improves GPA 3. Non-traditional students do better in college than millennials 4. Mental health counseling improves academic success

Purpose:  Students will understand that Searching is a Strategic Exploration


The purpose of this activity is to help you practice the following skills essential to your success in school and beyond. 

In this activity you will:

S.1. Understand how search tools are organized

S.2. Brainstorm keywords and select sources

S.3. Match information needs to a search tool

S.4. Design and refine a search strategy


This activity will also help you become familiar with the following important content knowledge: 

K.1. First attempts don't always produce good results

K.2. Information sources vary greatly in content and format

K.3. Recognize the value of browsing in gathering information

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Search Examples from Tools

Tool: Education Resource Complete

Great tool for all education-related topics. Break your topic down into key words and phrases. Use AND to make sure the search tool includes all the words in your search. Try quotation marks to find "exact phrases." The asterisk will help you find alternate end* (end, ends, ending, endings.)

Education Research Complete search example

Off-campus access

Library databases require a login from off-campus!

  • ACES username is required for login
  • ACES password is your password for login

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