Databases: A gateway to literature in mathematics and science education research

Peter Rillero, Bee Gallegos

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The ease of using some databases may make novices feel like experts. This can be advantageous because it gives confidence in conducting searches. The confidence may, however, be a disadvantage if it prevents novices from learning more efficient and effective techniques. A study of ERIC searches by faculty members and graduate students indicates they are finding only one-third of the items that would be useful for their topics (Lancaster, Elzy, Zeter, Metzler, & Low, 1994). Furthermore, inefficient searches waste time. Few people have the time to wade through a few hundred records from a poorly designed search-full of unneeded items and missing relevant records. Science and mathematics education researchers must know how to efficiently access information in literature databases, and which databases are important and relevant for their research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationResearch and Supervision in Mathematics and Science Education
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9781135461300
ISBN (Print)0805829695, 9780805829686
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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