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SPCE 638: Functional Assessment Project

This guide provides suggestions for how to find supporting references for your 638 functional assessment project

Article Databases related to Special Education

What makes it different:  Contains literature from an array of disciplines related to psychology, such as education, business, medicine, nursing, law, and social work.

Special limiters: Can limit by the age group studied or the type of research methodology used, among others.

Searching help?:  Includes a Thesaurus link for finding appropriate search terms to use

Search tips for using PsycINFO effectively:

  • Use the CHOP, DROP, and OR method to construct your search and put it in the search boxes (see below).
  • Look at your results, focusing especially on terms used in the "Subjects" section.
  • Incorporate new terms and revise your search.

What makes it different: Allows searching of articles in education journals and magazines, research reports, curriculum and teaching guides, conference papers, dissertations and theses, and books.  Also includes “grey literature” published by over 1,000 selected centers, agencies, associations, and non-profit organizations.

Special limiters: Can limit searching to journal articles (EJ) or the other various documents (ED).

Searching help?:  Includes a Thesaurus link for finding appropriate search terms to use

Search tips for using ERIC effectively:

  • Use the CHOP, DROP, and OR method to construct your search and put it in the search boxes (see below).
  • Look at your results, focusing especially on terms used in the "Descriptors" section.
  • Incorporate new terms and revise your search.

What makes it different: Allows you to find a variety of types of documents, from articles to books to videos.  While helpful for finding topics which span different subject areas, results can also be overwhelming.

Special limiters: A wide range of limiters can be applied from the results page on the left.

Searching help?:  No thesaurus for finding standardized search terms

Search tips for using OneSearch effectively:

  • Click "Advanced Search" to get to the more powerful search screen.
  • Use the CHOP, DROP, and OR method to construct your search and put it in the search boxes (see below).
  • Look at your results, focusing especially on any terms you notice which could be helpful.
  • Incorporate new terms and revise your search.

The "Advanced Search" link is just below the Search box on the libraries' homepage.

Here's an example of a sample search results page in OneSearch:

CHOP, DROP, and OR method...illustrated

Start with your topic.

CHOP it up into its individual concepts.

DROP those terms into individual search boxes.

Add synonyms or related words for relevant concepts, using OR.

Look at good records for related words you can add into your search.

After you evaluate your results, and revise your search, you repeat the process...over and over!