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Education: Finding Journal Articles

Library resources for the School of Education

Quick tips

If you have a reference to a particular article it is usually possible to find it using the Article Search tab if we have a subscription to the journal.

If you have a reference to a particular journal, search the Library Catalogue for the full name of the journal to check online access and Library print copies.

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Find articles about a topic

Many databases allow you to discover relevant articles by searching with keywords. A complete list can be found on the Education Databases A-Z. There will be a link to the full text online or print location where available. 

The Article Search tab will allow you to search across all Queen's Library's journal subscriptions. An initial search with a few keywords will bring a list of results which will allow you to focus further using the facets on the left hand side. Alternatively there is an Advanced search option at the top of the results screen. 

Designing a search strategy will make your search effective by identifying the appropriate terminology and additional criteria for the database(s). The following example shows how a search strategy is applied to a database.

This is a search for articles about the implementation of the Northern Ireland curriculum in primary schools using the Article Search.

In the search box we can enter "Northern Ireland” curriculum and clicked Search

The speech marks ensure that the words are found side by side so in this case, “Northern Ireland” is found side by side and not the word Northern a few sentences away from Ireland.

When you look at the results page, you’ll see an option for Advanced Search.

Click on the Advanced Search to reach this screen where you can enter the additional search words and click Search

The * is a truncation symbol which means school* will find school or schools or schooling and implement* will find implement or implementation etc

From the results screen on the left hand side you’ll see a range of facets where you can select one at a time to see the change in the number of results.

For example:

Limit to

Peer Reviewed

Date range  2010 to 2019

Source Type

Academic Journals


Select the Show more link and select as a few that apply to your topic.

This will help produce a focused and more manageable number of results.

These search principles can be applied to most subject specific databases listed in the Key Databases tab.