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EDF 500 Intro to Graduate Studies



ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is a comprehensive database of resources in the field of education.  Undergraduates and Graduate students pursing 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 primary research? 

Search Strategy:  Use the following limiters to narrow your search:

  • Limit to:  Peer Reviewed 
  • Limit to: Academic Journals  

Citation Record should include :

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

Example of ERIC citation

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Characteristics of Primary Research Article

Characteristics of Primary Research Articles 

  • Presents original data and ideas reported by an expert(s) in the discipline and written for others in the discipline.
  • Reports the results of surveys, experiments, observations, or other valid measures of investigation.
  • Published in peer-reviewed journals journals.
  • The body of the article usually contains the following sections:
    • Abstract --- brief description of the research question, the general methods, and the major findings and implications of the work.
    • Introduction ---research question and background information are presented.
    • Methods (or Materials and Methods) (Experimental Procedures) ---a description of the research methods used.
    • Results ---data collected are presented in written form and by using tables, graphs, and figures.
    • Discussion ---researchers interpretation of the data.
    • Acknowledgements, and Literature Cited (or References) ---works cited by the researcher.