It is difficult to recommended one database for finding resources in TESOL since it is an interdisciplinary topic.
|Whether you start with the "ALL" search, a specific database, or Google Scholar, the best research strategy is to use the iterative research process, where you perform multiple searches, refining your research criteria based on what you find. Each iteration will take you closer to your desired goal.|
"Researching an Interdisciplinary Topic" below provides specific research strategies.
Consider installing and using Zotero, software that you can use to organize your citations and help with writing and citing.
Resources to help you evaluate information you find:
Steps and Guidelines for effectively evaluating websites. (From UC-Berkeley
Consult the Qualitative Research Guide
The Guide provides:
Consult these resources to help you write your literature review.
Short 3-minute video explaining how to synthesizing literature when writing a literature review
The Wheaton College writing center has resources to help you with writing and formatting your paper.
Zotero is a reference manager that can not only hell you organize your research resource but it can also help you with formatting in-text citations and your bibliography.
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A research challenge for TESOL topics is that they tend to be interdisciplinary.
First you start by thinking about your topic. What do you know? What don't you know? What are some key terms/phrases that describe your topic?
Next you think about where to do your first search. Some subject-specific databases might be a starting point if your topic is associated with a discipline like theology, sociology, or education. Subject specific databases for these areas can be found on the library home page under the database tab. Select search by discipline.
If your topic does not fit in a specific subject area, search Google Scholar. Make sure you have set your Google Scholar preferences to show library links so you have a "find it @ Wheaton" link to retrieve full text.
You can, but if your topic fits in a subject areas, using a subject specific database for your a first search will not be as overwhelming as searching Google Scholar or the "ALL" search on the library web site. The database limits you to a subset of information.
Use your first search as an opportunity to find additional terms and phrases to use in subsequent searches. Finding the best terms/phrases to use in your searching is key to finding relevant resources.
Google Scholar's "cited by" feature
Whether you are using a subject specific database or Google Scholar, Google Scholar has a "cited by" link that allows you to find related research.
When looking at the results of a Google Scholar search or searching Google Scholar by title, you will get a "cited by" link for each entry in the results list.
Don't be concerned if your search iterations lead you to change or refine your topic. This is quite common. The key is finding the words and phrases that are used in the literature to describe your topic.
The library home page search will also allow you to limit to ebooks, many which are edited volumes with chapters written by scholars in the field.
Proquest Dissertation Abstracts & Theses
Another place that can be helpful is searching in Proquest Dissertation Abstracts & Theses.