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This research guide provides resources and tips for finding scholarly literature, data, and curriculum resources in K-12 and higher education.

Hit a Paywall?

Looking at Google Scholar and got the "Pay $35 to read this article" paywall message? Don't skip the article!

Search in the library catalog for the title. We probably subscribe to the journal!

Use Unpaywall and Open Access Button to search for a freely available copy of the article online.

Use Interlibrary Requests to ask Duke to send you a copy of the article from another library.

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Directories of Journals

Tips for using Duke's databases

Click on Research Databases from the Libraries homepage. Enter database name to search or use Browse Databases by Subject to find Education or other topics.

Click on Get it @ Duke to locate the full-text for items you find in the databases. A box will pop up and tell you if the item is available online or in print.

Not available through Duke? Request it from another library using Interlibrary Request.

Need help with finding articles?

Contact Haley Walton, Librarian for Education and Open Scholarship via email or book an appointment!

Consultations (in-person or Zoom) last between 30-60 minutes and include:

  • Exploring your research question
  • Developing keywords and search terms
  • Using library databases
  • Leaving with some articles you can use for your research

Finding Scholarly Articles in Education

Online databases are the go-to places to search for scholarly literature. Search these for scholarly articles and reports related to the field of education.

You can also browse top education journals from the list below.

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Top Research Databases in Education

Top Databases

Top Education Scholarly Journals

Gathered from Clarivate Journal Citation Reports

Top Education Scholarly Journals