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TED 3396 Secondary English Education Practicum I: Pedagogy Resources

Information on what resources you and your students will have access to for reliable information on authors, poets, literary criticism, and related topics. How to conduct literary research.

Baylor's Education Databases

Hover over the links below for information on database contents.

Pedagogy databases for TED 3396

Education Databases with Literature Content

External Websites

The following lists includes external websites which may be useful (in no particular order):

The why and how of subscription databases

What's in a subscription database

  • Primarily research sources (scholarly articles and other expert materials)
  • You can only access these with a subscription
    • NOT available on the web
    • Baylor has already paid for access (until you graduate)


Where are the databases?



How to search in a database


  • Keyword Searching: Databases don't really understand English. They'd rather you use "search statements" which combine keywords and a thing called operators. A lot of databases start with three or more search bars with an "AND" at the beginning. AND is one of the available "Booelan search operators." Also available are OR and NOT.
    • Use AND between keywords that every single result must include
      • Teen 
        AND education
    • Use OR in one search bar when the results can include several options 
      • Education
        AND (teen OR youth)
    • Use NOT to exclude a keyword from the results.
      • Education
        AND (teen OR youth)
        NOT college
  • Subject Terms (a.k.a. "descriptors") are another powerful way to search databases 
    • Subjects are descriptive words assigned to sources to tell what the source is primarily about. They are chosen from a limited set of words so that everyone is using the same controlled vocabulary.
    • For example, "instructional effectiveness" is used in the ERIC database (linked above), but "teaching effectiveness" is NOT used.
    • Browsing Subjects: If you see "Thesaurus" or "Subject Terms" as a link on a database search screen, you can use that to see the search or browse the subject terms accepted in that database. 
    • Searching with Subjects: once you learn a subject term, you can use it on a database search screen. Add the term in the search bar, then change the search field from "keyword" to "subject" (or "descriptor" in some systems).

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