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Bethel University Library


Selected resources for education research


Welcome to the BUL Education guide. 

This guide from the Bethel University Library is here to help with your research projects.

Search Tips

You've got your research question; now it's time for effective searching. Try these tips:

  • Brainstorm a variety of keywords (achievement, performance, ability, aptitude)
  • Connect keywords with AND (poverty and education and achievement)
  • Use quotes to search for an exact phrase ("social inequality")
  • Use OR to search synonyms (poverty or low-income and education)
  • Search by keywords, not sentences (poverty and "secondary education" and achievement instead of effect of poverty on high school students)
  • Use * to get different endings of a root word (school* finds school, schools, schooling)
  • Look for subject terms or descriptors; use these terms to find more articles on your topic