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MATH 7346: Quantitative Research Analysis: Finding Articles

Course guide for Dr. Sorto's MATH 7346: Quantitative Research Analysis Class

Search Tips

  1. Maximize your keyword searches with Boolean searching. What's Boolean?​
  2. "Put a phrase in quotation marks" to make sure it gets searched as a phrase instead of individual words.
  3. *Using an asterisk will substitute for searching multiple words 
    • MATH* will retrieve: 
      math, mathematics, mathematician, mathematical, etc.
  4. Found one good article? Read through that article to find other terms an author uses that could apply to your search.

Selected Journals for Math Education

Selected Databases

Tips for searching for studies

These three strategies can help you locate qualitative and quantitative articles as you search library databases.

  1. Limit your searches to Peer Reviewed articles. (This strategy will provide you with the most results.) Research studies that use qualitative and quantitative methods are published in peer reviewed journals. Not every article in a peer reviewed journal will be a research study, but limiting your results to articles in these journals will help you narrow the pool of articles you are looking through.
  2. Use keywords to help you narrow to qualitative or quantitative articles. If the articles you are finding in the peer reviewed literature are overwhelmingly not studies or not qualitative or quantitative it can sometimes be helpful to use keywords to help you locate articles that are one of those types of studies. Some keywords that can be helpful include qualitative, case study, interview, field study, ethnographic, quantitative, experimental, statistic, correlation. These are all terms that are either types of studies or are often used as part of the research method. You can also string together multiple terms with OR to indicate that you want one of the terms as part of your list of results. Example from ProQuest Search from Proquest shows keywords for topic of the search, with an additional field in "Advanced search" that includes the terms qualitative or ethnograph* or focus group
  3. Use the PsycINFO Methodology limiter available both in Advanced Search as well as in your results list. (This strategy will provide you with the least number of results.)  PsycINFO is the only database that we have that actually indexes (notes and makes searchable) the methodology used in a study. This means that you can conduct your search and in the Methodology box check the types of methodology you are interested in locating. You may want to keep your searches to broad topics (e.g. bullying) for this search as it is a psychology database. While there is an overlap between psychology and education, it is a more limited pool of content that you are searching.

This content is adapted from the Education Graduate Studies guide at Concordia University - St. Paul.