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ECED 422: Writing Techniques for Teachers in Early Childhood Education: Databases & Articles

Towson University: Professor Lissa Shorr

Databases at Towson - Early Childhood Education

Core Databases

General Database

Related Databases

Tips to Evaluate

Does the source contain the information you need?

Does it report primary research (e.g. experiments, observations, surveys) or is it a compilation of previous research, like a review article?

Is there documentation of other works used (bibliography, footnotes, etc.)? What is the author's thesis? What are the main points or concepts?

What facts or opinions are presented?

Is more than one point of view presented?

What are the major findings or conclusions, and are they supported by the facts or arguments?

Do other sources support the facts and/or conclusions of the source?

Do the findings support or refute your ideas on the topic? 

Scholarly vs Popular

Scholarly vs Magazine


•miscellaneous articles covering a wide variety of subject areas

•non-technical language

•articles submitted by writers or editors employed by magazine

Scholarly Peer-reviewed Journals

•reports of research carried in a particular subject

•written in language of the field

•bibliographic references given

•articles submitted by researchers and or experts in the field

•edited by referees, other experts, and editors

Primary vs Secondary Sources