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CNX 211: The Future of Public Education

The scientific method

Scientific method:  a method of procedure that has characterized natural science since the 17th century,
consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses.

--From the Mac OS Dictionary, Version 2.1.3

Some words found in publications that likely indicate an author took a scientific/scholarly approach to their work:

Evidence  |  Data  |  Empirical  |  Experiment  |  Survey  |  Interview  |  Ethnographic  |  Study  |  Observation  |  Research

Discovering & Accessing: Scholarly Articles

Search Statement Examples

Here are some strategies for search statement language for searching in library databases:‚Äč

  • Use "quotation marks" to have multiple words searched together as a phrase:
    • "high school"
    • "public school"
    • "test scores"
    • "mental health"
    • "emotional growth"
  • Use the word AND (in capital letters) to combine different topics/concepts:
    • "mental health" AND "elementary school"
    • "public school" AND covid

How to Read Scholarly Articles

Librarians at the City Colleges of Chicago Harold Washington Library created a fabulous guide on How to Read Scholarly ArticlesRead the first three pages only-- the fourth page is specific to their library!

Interlibrary Loan/ILL: Articles and Books

To request articles or books/book chapters or other materials not available at F&M, use Interlibrary Loan/ILL 


A Manuscript's Journey

Citation: A (Very) Brief Introduction

What is citation? Why do we cite? 

How to Get Library/Research Assistance