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Learning Express Library
Materials to help with job preparation, career advancement, career changes, and re-entry into the workforce. Includes SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, and MCAT test prep, and other certification, licensing, and aptitude tests. Note: You need to create a free user account.
Collection of resources you can use to explore children's and young adult books and their authors. Includes short movies, audio book readings, book discussion guides, and more.
Database Search Tips
- Consider what type of information you need and where you might find it.
- Break your topic into key concepts and identify terms for each concept. Start with fewer words. Less yields more.
- Don't be too narrow in your search, especially initially.
- Use Boolean connectors like and, or, and not to connect keywords. Many databases search the words as a phrase otherwise.
- In general, avoid using prepositions like "in," "of," and "on."
- Truncation characters such as an * (asterisk) can expand your search by retrieving various forms of a word, e.g., comput* retrieves computer, computers, computing, computation, etc.
- Look at the subject terms or descriptors that are used for articles that appear relevant. Try other searches using those terms.
- In the sciences and social sciences, when starting a journal article search on a topic, consider adding systematic review or meta-analysis, or literature review in your search.
- Consult a librarian or your faculty member for additional related terms.
- Think about which individuals or groups of people or organizations are associated with your topic. These might be additional terms to search.
Great Websites for Kids
Sponsored by the Association for Library Services to Children (a dvisision of ALA) , Great Websites for Kids is a compilation of exemplary websites geared to children from birth to age 14.
Databases for Texas Elementary and Secondary Students
"TexQuest is a statewide digital resources program that provides anytime, anywhere access to high quality, authoritative digital resources to all educators, students, and students' immediate families in Texas K-12 public schools and open enrollment charter schools."
Student teachers should check at their assigned school to see if their school participates in the program.