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Education: research guide: Databases

Key databases for finding articles on your topic (education)

Key databases for finding articles on your topic (applied linguistics)

Key databases for finding articles on your topic (medical education))

In addition to the education databases recommended above you will also wish to search medical databases. See our recommendations (and lots of other useful advice) here:

Consider seeking advice from your outreach librarian as well as the Education Library team.

Useful advice on doing clinical education research, including literature reviewing, is available from the NIHR with webinar recordings and slides complemented by more on mastering the basics from the Incubator for Clinial Education Research. The PAPERs podcast is a weekly medical education podcast with some episodes offering advice on methodology etc.

Broader databases for finding literature on your topic

Databases which offer citation tracking

Explore other disciplines

Research methods

Common Search Tricks

  • check your spelling, and consider British American variations
  • consider searching for your search terms just in abstracts
  • use double quotation marks to indicate an "exact phrase"
  • try truncating words, e.g. child* will find child, children, childhood etc.
  • a wildcard can be useful, e.g. behavio?r ; wom?n
  • provide alternative search terms with OR between them ; join concepts into a more focused search using AND ; exclude unwanted results using NOT

For example:

cyberbull* OR "cyber bull*" OR "cyber vicitimi?ation"


boy* OR m?n or male*

NOT primary OR elementary OR junior OR infant

Ovid search tips

Some databases e.g. PsycINFO are provided by Ovid. Ovid is a very sophisticated search interface, which can make it rather daunting to use.

Use the Advanced Search or the Multi-Field Search if you want to use combination words like AND, OR, or truncation (*). The Basic Search is just for natural-langage queries, like "What is the effect of low thyroid function on heart failure" and will ignore the syntax of your search.

It helps to split your search into smaller searches in the Multi-Field Search and then combine them afterwards - this is also useful for highlighting where the problem search terms might be. 

Note that if you search for more than one word Ovid defaults to exact phrase searching between any operators, e.g. OR, ADJ# so you do not need to use "double quotation marks".

ProQuest search tips

If a ProQuest database is unable to complete your search, try reducing the amount of truncated terms within quotation marks as this has an impact on search performance.

Exporting results

Setting up a personal account in ProQuest 'MyResearch' can make it easier for you to export the results into your reference manager. However, if you see this error message "Export results is disabled due to content restrictions. Your selection includes one or more articles that can't be included in your request." then try exporting your results page by page (you can show more 'Items per page').