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EDD Educational Leadership (K-12) Dissertation Guide

Guide for students in the EDD K-12 program writing their dissertations.

Step 1: Basic overview of the library website

Visiting the library website for the first time can be overwhelming.   In order to get your bearings, take a few minutes to watch the video below that provides an overview of the resources and services available on the library website.

Step 2: Become more familiar with the search tabs

Now that you have a basic understanding of the website, let's delve deeper into the three main tabs.  When searching for journal articles by topic, the best place to begin is by using the resources provided in the Databases tab.  To learn more about searching databases, watch the video below.

But what if you already have a citation for a journal article that you want to read?  You can discover if the library has access to the article using the Journals tab.  To learn how to use this tab, watch the video below.

But how do I discover books, ebooks, and other materials?  This is when you need to use the Catalog tab.  The video below demonstrates the different search tools that are available.

Step 3: Fine tune your research skills

While the previous videos have shown you how to conduct basic searches, you will need to develop more advanced search strategies for your dissertation research.  The following two videos introduce foundational search strategies for fine tuning your research skills.