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EDU 321: Instructional Technology for Educators: Home

This guide will assist students in EDU 321 with their research needs and assignments.

EDU 321:

Instructional Technology for Educators

How To Write A Research Paper

Step 1: Choose a topic.

Step 2: Locate information on your topic in books, articles, and other sources.

Step 3: Write your paper in APA style.

Step 4: Cite your sources in APA style.

Off-Campus Access

Accessing Databases from Home

In order to access the databases from home you must first be in our system.

To check this:

  • Go to the Library's web site
  • Click on Library Catalog
  • Click on the link that says "patron"
  • If you can access your patron information, you are in the system. If not,
    you will need to come to the library and fill out a patron update form

To access the databases:

  • Go to the Library's web site
  • Click on Databases
  • Select a database from the subject areas or from the alphabetical listing
  • The login screen will ask that you:
    1. Enter your Campus ID without hyphens
    1. Enter your LAST NAME in lower case
  • Once in the database enter your search terms in the search boxes provided

If you are in our system and unable to login to the databases please send an email to or for support.

If you need help using the databases please contact the Reference Desk (334) 229-4110.

Example of an Effective Search

If your assignment calls for you to find information on technology in schools, you may search for 

technology AND schools or "technology in schools"

in a database (to find articles) or in the Library Catalog (to find books). Using quotation marks around the phrase tells the database to search for the words together, as a phrase.

When searching for articles, limit your search to match your search needs.

  • For example, if you need scholarly (or peer-reviewed) articles, select the related box on the left side of the screen.
  • If you need articles published in the last 5 years, change the dates on the left side of the screen to 2011-2016.
  • If you're doing historical research, you can change the dates to find older information. For example, you could change the search dates to 1940-1960 and the database will list all articles published on your topic during that time frame.
  • If you need articles on school technology related to economic class, you may want to search for "technology in schools" AND "middle class," etc.
  • If you search for technolo* in a database, you will be given articles containing the word(s) technology, technologies, technologist, technological, etc.
  • After you press Search, browse through the list of articles provided. Reading abstracts is a good way to know if an article is right for you. Abstracts can be found beneath the title of peer-reviewed articles.
  • If you feel overwhelmed by a large number of articles, add another search term to limit results further. You can also click Full text to see only articles available in their entirety.
  • Remember: If you don't find what you're looking for in a database, search a different database. Many different databases and ejournals are available to you. You might find only an abstract to an article in one database but a different database might have the full text, so explore all your options.
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