If you are working off campus, please type in your UWO Personal Computer Account user name and password (the same ones you use to log into your UWO email account) in the Off Campus Access option on the far left hand side of the Western Libraries' web site.
Click on the option "Databases by Title"
Select one of the databases you want to search.
For example, you may want to search one of these databases CBCA Education (for Canadian information), ERIC or PsycInfo or Proquest Education Journals to get started on your research. And, have you looked at the Scholars Portal Search database?
Databases are "keyword friendly" - type in some of the concepts you are considering and see what kind of results you are getting. You may find other keywords just by glancing at the titles in your results list. So, give those a try.
Other keywords can be taken from your course lectures, notes and readings.
You can also use this helpful resource when looking for keywords suggestions:
The Contemporary Thesaurus of Search Terms and Synonyms: A Guide to Natural Language Computer Search (Second Edition). The call number is ZA4060.K58 2000 and this book is found in the lower level STACKS of the Education Library.
You can also search the databases by author's name (great for seeing what your profs have written) and by journal title.
We strongly encourage graduate students to book a research consultation appointment with the librarians for a personalized and customized information session about database searching - you will be glad you did!