Skip to Main Content

EDL 650 Systemic Evaluation of School Improvement

How do I know if I have a scholarly article?

ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is a comprehensive database of resources in the field of education.  Undergraduates and graduate students pursuing research in the field of education should consult ERIC for journal articles and other material.  

ERIC Database Tips: How do I know an article is peer-reviewed and research?

Search Strategy:  Refine Search to: 

  • Limit to:  Peer Reviewed 
  • Limit to: Last 10 years 
  • Limit to: Academic Journals  

Be sure the search result Citation Record includes :

  • Peer Reviewed :  Yes
  • Publication Type:  Journal Articles; Reports - Research
  • Accession Number : EJ

Find Help

We are happy to help you with your research! Chat with us using the blue chat box in the right corner of your screen.


ERIC links


Sample Topic : Professional Learning Communities 
Sample Research Question :  Are Professional Learning Communities an effective leadership tool to improve a school?  
ERIC Thesaurus Terms  KEYWORD: Professional Learning Communities  KEYWORD:
School Improvement 
KEYWORD: Leadership
ERIC Thesaurus Term  Communities of Practice 
(Groups of people sharing an interest or profession who interact and collaborate in order to share knowledge and develop solutions for common problems.)
Educational Improvement 
(Enhancing the value or quality of education (Note: Use a more specific term if possible -- do not confuse with "Educational Facilities Improvement")
Transformational Leadership
(Leadership characterized by support for collaboration and empowerment of individuals within a group to effect change)
ERIC Thesaurus Term 
Professional Development (Activities to enhance professional career growth)
Educational Indicators 
Measures of the outcomes of educational institutions, programs, and practices, where resulting statistics are intended to inform educational policy
Effective Schools Research 
(Educational research focused on identifying unusually effective schools, studying the underlying attributes of their programs and personnel, and designing techniques to operationalize these attributes in less effective schools. )


Sample Search in ERIC