Answered By: Erin McDaniel
Last Updated: Oct 10, 2015     Views: 11

If you are looking for sources to answer this question, I can help with that.

Go to our A-Z Databases libguide, linked below. You can also find it on the library homepage by clicking the Search Databases link with the magnifying glass icon in the Get Started section. This libguide organizes our databases by topic. Just select the tab that most closely matches what you are researching. In this case, select the Education tab.

You will see a list of several databases. Just click the link you want to access. If you are off campus, you will have to login using  your last name and 7-digit COM ID.

The topic as stated is pretty broad, so be aware you will need to think of a more specific focus as you conduct your research. For example, do you want to focus on early childhood, high school or higher education? Are you more concerned with benefits to individuals or to society?

To begin, I searched Academic Search Complete, the 1st link on the Education tab. If you want to start with a subject search you can copy and paste the following search string into the search bar: DE "EDUCATION -- Aims & objectives" . The DE tells the database it is a subject search. This is the "official" subject term for this database.

After you run the search, use the limiters on the left to narrow your results. First, be sure to select the box next to Full Text. You can obtain more current articles by sliding the tab under the publication date range. I limited to articles written 2005 - 2015.

Next, click on the Subject Thesaurus Term heading to expand the database subjects. You will see a short list and a blue Show More link. Click that link to get a dialog box with all the subjects. Check off all that pertain to your topic. When you are finished, click the yellow update button.

You can also narrow by Geography by going through the same steps if you want to limit to the United States, or the U.S. and other English speaking countries.

From there, click the title link to access the articles. This will take you to the detailed record page. Click the Full Text link on the top left to access the article. The tools on the right allow you to get your citation, email the article, etc. You can also download and print.

If you want to run a more general search, you can try education AND purpose. The capitalized "AND" tells the database you want articles that mention both terms. Go through the limiting steps mentioned above to get more relevant articles.

Another good database to try is ERIC. Click the link from the Education tab. Start with the search education AND purpose. Click the full text box, adjust the publication dates, and in this database, click the Subject heading to see the database subjects. Be sure to click the blue Show More link under the 1st short list that appears. Check all the relevant subjects, then hit the yellow update button.

ProQuest Research Library is another good source, if you need more articles.You can start again with the search education AND purpose. In this database, check the Full Text box under the search bar, then hit the search button.

Your limiters will be on the left. Slide the bar under the date graph to adust the publication dates. Click the update button when finished. Next, click the Subject heading, then the More Options link under the short list of subjects. You will check off the subjects you want just like you did in the other databases.

Location and Language are other good limiters. Be sure to click the More Options link after you select Location, because the U.S. is referred to in a few different ways.

Click the title link to access the article. The article tools (cite, print, email, download, etc.) are on the top right.

I'm also including links to two instructional libguides, How to Use Academic Search Complete and How to Use ProQuest Research. These libguides provide search tips and show you how to use the database tools. The tips in the Academic Search Complete libguide will also work for ERIC, with a couple of very minor differences.

Finally, if you want print or eBooks, you can access our library catalog, WorldCat, below. Search again for education AND purpose. If you want to narrow the results, you can again use the limiters on the left. If you have a format preference, you can check either print or eBook. You can narrow the publication date range, and also select the topic. 

Click the title link to access the catalog record. For eBooks, you will see a link that says Click Here to Access. If you are off campus, you will have to login like you did for the other databases. For print books you will see the call number and availability. For print books, you can get your citation by clicking on the arrow icon at the top right of the detailed record and selecting Citation. For eBooks, you will obtain them in the eBook database.

If you want to check out a print book, be sure to bring your COM ID to the library, because it is also your library card.

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