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Education: EDUC 115

Finding Case Studies

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

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?

Application: Selecting Case Studies

Activity: In pairs, search in Education Source or ERIC using the advanced search strategies we have been discussing. Identify an article that you think is a good case study, and fill out this short Google form.