Resources for this challenge

Library databases for Education and Teaching

An example: ERIC – Education Resources Information Center (EBSCOhost version)


Your challenge
Looking in ERIC, search for articles on learning & teaching in higher education – search terms may include :

  • Higher education OR undergraduate students OR University
  • Instructional OR pedagogy OR learning process OR concept formation OR teaching methods 

Look for search terms that match your subject expertise for teaching. For example:

  • Accounting; Computer Science; Business Administration; STEM; computer security

Open the article record in ERIC. Where do you find these search terms in the a?  

  • Look at a suitable article record 
  • Look in Descriptors (other databases will use the term Subjects)
  • Look in the Abstract

What journals appear more frequently in your search results?

  • Look at your search results to see which journals focus on your expertise.  Are there journals that standout/appear often in the results?

Some examples

International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education,

Rovio-Johansson, A. (2016). Students’ Knowledge Progression: Sustainable Learning in Higher Education. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 28(3), 427–43

Journal of Instructional Pedagogies

Shawver, T. A. (2015). Building Student Success Using Problem-Based Learning Approach in the Accounting Classroom. Journal of Instructional Pedagogies, 17.



What are your reflections on this exercise: perhaps you might not have expected that an Education database would have had included the literature useful to your expertise?

What could you contribute to this literature in your field?

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