A library database is a tool that allows you to search for and find different types of information. For Music Education students that information might be scholarly peer-reviewed articles on teaching pedagogy for music instruction or it might be information on a composer or sound recordings. At Jenks Library we have several library databases you can search to help retrieve the information you need.
To select an appropriate database to use, first think about the type of information you are trying to find.
For your research in both music and education, we have many databases that will provide access to different kinds of information. The goal of this video is to introduce you to where you can find many of those resources from the library's database page. In particular, this video will demonstrate searching in the database ERIC, a great tool for education research, to find scholarly peer-reviewed articles on a topic.
Please note: our new login page still uses your Gordon username and password for access. Enter that information in the two boxes provided and you are in!
An article is considered "peer-reviewed" if it has been reviewed by scholars and professionals within the field of study for which the article was written. This process involves reviewing how the article was written and the research involved in the study. The review process involves an extensive exchange between the review panel and the author(s), and the article can only be considered for publication in a scholarly journal once it has been approved.
Ask yourself the following questions about the article you are viewing to determine if it is peer-reviewed:
Many of our databases make the process of locating peer-reviewed information very easy for us by providing a "peer-reviewed" checkbox limiter on the search screen. Look for that checkbox when you're searching in library databases.
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