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Education: EDUC 115

Context Note

Please note that this guide was created in consultation with Professor Stebick for a specific class activity for EDUC 115 where we explore the use of AI tools in conjunction with library resources. 

Check with your individual professors before using AI tools for your coursework in different classes.

Tutorial Activities

Complete the following tutorials and activity by 5:30pm on May 22, 2024.

We will use the case study articles that you find as part of our activity on Wednesday evening.

1. Tutorial: Advanced Search Strategies for (Almost) Any Database

How can I perform more efficient keyword searches in library databases? How can I use Boolean operators, phrase searching, and truncation to get better search results?

Length: less than 5 minutes

Advanced Searching tutorial

2. Tutorial: How to Access Journal Articles

This tutorial demonstrates how to access an online journal article using the Musselman Library website.

Length: 5-10 minutes

Screenshot from tutorial about MUSCAT Plus

3. Activity: Find a Case Study article in Education Source

Using the information you learned in the tutorials above, search the database Education Source to identify a case study article on one of the school models you have discussed in class. 

Once you find a case study that you think is relevant and informative, submit the citation information and why you selected in the online form. We will debrief what you found in class on Wednesday.

Online Submission Form

Finding Case Studies

Use the following tools and the advanced search strategies we discuss in class to find relevant case studies.


AI Tools:

Evaluating Sources

You should think critically about information sources that you use, particularly if they will be cited in course assignments. Here are a few things to consider when evaluating sources…

How does it support your research question?

  • What do you know now that you didn’t know before reading it?
  • What does the source argue or demonstrate that none of your other sources do?
  • What parts of your research question does it not help answer?

What makes it reliable?

  • What did you feel when reading it?
  • Have other people cited or referenced it?
  • How might someone dismiss it?

Who wrote it and why?

  • What qualifies the author(s) to write about the topic?
  • How can you find more information about the author(s)?
  • Who is the intended audience?

Where was it published?

  • Who had to approve or review it before it could be published?
  • Do you normally need a subscription to read it? If so, who is paying that subscription?
  • Who can’t afford to pay to read it?