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EDUC970: Dissertation Literature Review: Finding Articles

This guide contains information about databases, citation management tools, and search tips for the literature review.

Searching for a specific journal? Use the Journals A-Z List!

Selecting a Database: So Many Choices!

For EDUC 970: Dissertation Literature Review, you will want to search several databases for your literature review. Depending on your specific topic, the following databases will be the most useful. 

Google Scholar

Using Google Scholar

When searching for articles, Google Scholar ( can be used as a supplement. Unlike PubMed or other databases, there is no quality control in terms of the content that is retrieved in a search. Results may include citations to journal articles, books/book chapters, conference papers, dissertations, or scholarly work that has been deposited in institutional repositories. Evaluate search results carefully. Refer to the "Evaluating Journal Quality" tab for more information about how to evaluate academic journals.

A useful feature of Google Scholar is there may be full-text links to articles that may not be reflected in database searches in PubMed or other databases. You can also customize the settings to show a "Find it @ BCHS" when full-text may be available via the BCHS library. In the example below, there are several articles with [PDF] or an [HTML] link to the right. The 4th item shows an example of the "Find it @ BCHS" link. Click on the PDF at the top of this box for instructions on how to set the library link.

Databases A-Z List

Other Databases

Depending on your research topic, there may be other databases from the disciplines of business, education, and the social sciences that are available at other academic libraries. Here are some examples:

  • Business Source Complete (would include literature about job satisfaction/burnout, work-life balance, career development)
  • Educational Administration Abstracts
  • Gender Studies Database
  • LGBTQ+ Source
  • APA PsychINFO
  • Sociological Abstracts 

The above databases are available at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As a student, you can obtain a library card, and you can search the databases at UNL.

Cochrane-Woods Library at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, NE has the following databases:

  • ABI/Inform: comprehensive business database
  • PsycINFO
  • PsycTESTS: access to psychological tests, measures, scales, surveys and other assessments as well as descriptive information about the tests.