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EDUC 214: Ecologies of Education


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Child Study Research Tips

Searching for research on child study as a methodology can be a little tricky. Here are some tips to help out!


Use quotation marks

Putting child study into a database or even a google search will get you everything with the word child and everything with the word study.

Putting "child study" and "descriptive review" into a search box will yield much better results.



Even better, try adding words to "child study" to really specify what you mean. Consider these examples:

"child study" AND Carini

"child study" AND methodology


Use OR

We know that the methodology is known both as child study and descriptive review of the child. Putting both of these in the search helps you capture all relevant results.

"child study" OR "descriptive review"

You can combine all our tricks like this:

("child study" OR "descriptive review") AND Carini

Searching Library Resources

Find Sources Using One in Hand

Looking for more recent scholarship that cites the articles and books you're reading in class?  Try Google Scholar!