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  • ERIC (EBSCO)  
    Educational index of research documents, journal articles, technical reports, program descriptions and evaluations, and curricular materials. Consists of the print indexes Resources in Education (RIE) and the Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE)

Developing Keywords

Search with synonyms and related words.

  • In addition to readers, also search on reading.
  • In addition to struggling, search on difficulty, disability, disabilities, ability, comprehension, etc.

Truncate terms for variant endings.

  • Use an asterisk (*) in most databases.
  • read* will find readers, reading, and read.
  • struggl* will find struggling and struggle.
  • disabilit* will find disabilities and disability.
  • Our catalog uses ? to truncate; a few databases may use other symbols

Quotation marks keep phrases together.

  • Searching in ERIC for struggling readers finds all 911 results that include readers and include struggling.
  • Searching for "struggling readers" finds only the 646 results with that exact phrase.

Subject terms can focus results.

  • ERIC: Drop-down field on Advanced Search.
  • ERIC: "Refine Results" Subject section to the left of search results
  • ERIC: Thesaurus


    Key Concepts

    Some concepts to research in conjunction with struggling readers:

    • Portfolios
    • Brain based learning strategies
    • Listening skills or listening capacity levels
    • Dyslexia
    • Teaching strategies

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