Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Publishing and Presenting Your Action Research: Searching for Articles

Extend Your Research

You likely already have some research to illustrate the context of your project, but consider gathering some additional articles to include in your literature review.

Brainstorm Keywords Before Searching

  • Write a brief summary of your project and circle the key concepts or words.
  • Are there any synonyms or related terms you should note?
  • Use these keywords to search for additional articles for your literature review. Keep track of which combinations/search strategies you have used and how successful they were.

Here's a worksheet containing this steps.


To search the Valencia databases:

Login to Atlas

Click on Search the Library (MyAtlas, Courses, or Employee tabs)

Click on Databases A-Z or Databases by Subject

The single best place to start is Education Source.

Of course you can also use any of the other databases in the Education category, such as ERIC, OR choose a database that covers your discipline.

Librarian Help

Your Valencia librarians are happy to help you with searching the databases and finding articles.

We can even order articles that are not available from Valencia.

Contact your campus librarian for more information, or see my contact information below.


West Campus Librarian

The Valencia College libraries do not welcome solicitation of resources to be added to our LibGuides. This includes but is not limited to vendors, search engine optimizers, placement of ads, products, or any other requests. Our LibGuides are carefully curated resources developed in partnership with faculty, staff, and students to support specific assignments, courses, events, and other related purposes at Valencia College. The Valencia libraries reserve the right to ignore LibGuide resource solicitations, and/or block persistent requests from groups or individuals to add or promote links in our LibGuides.