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Over the last 3 years, the National Science Foundation has sponsored a series of STEM Smart Workshops which have showcased promising practices and resources in support of effective K-12 STEM Education in schools and programs.  We invite you to visit the collection of resources from past meetings. To learn more about a meeting, please click on the agenda and resources links listed below.

Philadelphia, PA – Launching the STEM Smart Initiative: Agenda | Resources

Seattle, WA – Successful K-12 STEM Education: Agenda | Resources

Chicago, IL – Partnerships in K-12 STEM Education: Agenda | Resources

Las Vegas, NV – Using Technology to Promote K-12 STEM Learning and Teaching: Agenda | Resources

Baltimore, MD – College and Career Readiness: Agenda | Resources

Atlanta, GA – K-12 Engineering: Agenda | Resurces

Washington, DC – Early Childhood Education: Agenda | Resources

Needham, MA – Career and Technical Education: Agenda | Resources

In addition, you may access briefs on each meeting topic here.

We hope you find these resources beneficial.  If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at


The STEM Smart Team


This database is the world’s most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present day and offering full text for graduate works added since 1997, along with selected full text for works written prior to 1997.

Some quick tips for getting started.

1.) Starting from the front page of the Library

2.)    Select the “Databases” folder tab.

3.)    See the alphabetic index of database names and choose “P”

4.)    On the new page that opens scroll down to the title: Proquest Dissertations and Theses Full Text


5.)    Upon entering the database interface, look above and to the right of the main search box for the Advanced search


6.)    On the Advanced search page, study options to narrow your search to authors from specific University/institution, or
Look up key index terms in the Proquest thesaurus.
> University/institution:    Drexel University      AND     
> Subject heading:    education


7.)    Filtering the results of your search is a powerful and quick way to narrow what you have retrieved.
Look on the right hand side of the screen for the option “Narrow results by”   then click on the “+” for each filtering category
to see how your search results are grouped. Click on any single grouping within that category to see only those results.



Want to try "power searching"?
Starting from the advanced search page, see the "look-up" links to the right of each advanced search field.


These can help the precision of your search terms by pulling from an authoritative set of indexing (or thesaurus) terms.
For example, using the Subjects or Index terms (keywords) categories  (see the following examples.) This can help when you are seeking authors with hard-to-spell last names.


Note how there are many more precise keyword index terms related to leadership than there are subjects.





Get in touch with any questions:

siftar at drexel dot edu

Information overload. Embarrassment of riches. Drinking from a firehose. Whatever you call it, this can produce a paralyzing anxiety in your research process. We've all been there. Take a deep breath. Look out the window for a minute. Then I invite you to eavesdrop on the following chat session undertaken to help a student narrow their search to get good results from the mammoth "Articles & More / Summon" search tool on the front page of the Drexel Libraries website. And remember - this LIBRARY CHAT option is available from the front page of the library website, and even from within the Summon search interface (up at the top.) Help is just a click away! Available from 9AM to 10PM on school nights.

(11:56:03 AM) 26032612681382457259524266: guest contacted liaisons
(11:56:04 AM)  26032612681382457259524266: Hello, I need help with my article searches. I need articles related to the behavioral model in psychopathology. When I do my search and narrow by date, article, and peer review, I am still getting thousands of articles. I am too overwhelmed.
(11:56:07 AM) hi
(11:56:38 AM) sounds like a job for the "Subject Term" filters
(11:56:59 AM) Are you using the "Articles & More" search box on the front page of the library website?
(11:58:17 AM) You are about three clicks away from good articles if you can find that "Subject Terms/ more" option and get up the little pop-up window with all the indexing from the articles your keyword search has retrieved
(11:59:11 AM) 26032612681382457259524266: yes and I tried to narrow down. I also used the health sciences button and used the quick link to PsycINFO. But I am not getting what I need.
(12:00:34 PM) Stick to Summon/Articles & More for the moment.
(12:00:55 PM) PsycINFO is great but incurs it's own cognitive load and it sounds like you could use a break.
(12:01:37 PM) 26032612681382457259524266: and how do I get the the summon/articles and more?
(12:02:40 PM) That's the big "Articles & More" search box on the front page of the library website.
(12:02:55 PM) the default you get when you hit
(12:03:15 PM) 26032612681382457259524266: great sorry it's the one i used.
(12:05:42 PM) no sweat
(12:05:58 PM) 26032612681382457259524266: when I type psycological behavioral approach, I get 528,651 !!!
(12:06:32 PM) Yeah - those aren't perhaps the most precise starting keywords. Let me look back at your initial topic.
(12:06:48 PM) Try this:
(12:06:57 PM) "behavioral model" AND psychopathology
(12:08:08 PM) 26032612681382457259524266: using "" would minimize the amount of articles?
(12:10:15 PM) quotes here ( and on Google) force it to retrieve only items with those two words next to each other in that order. Otherwise, without quotes the smartie pants search presumes you included an AND between your terms ... and other times an OR which really makes it messy.
(12:11:09 PM) Start out with those keyword terms and you should get only a couple thousand hits, which can easily be narrowed using that "Subject Term/ more" filter.
(12:12:18 PM) 26032612681382457259524266: ok so I am down to 743 under subject terms filter do I click on article?
(12:12:20 PM) be sure to just select one subject term at a time. If you still get too many hits, do that that "Subject Term/ more" filter routine again. Each time you will get a smaller result set. This is the KEY FEATURE of this database. Otherwise, it's just a recipe for info-overload and you might as well use Google.
(12:13:43 PM) 26032612681382457259524266: I see it gave me lots of terms to include or exclude....ok getting there
(12:13:45 PM) Forget "article" ... that's about format more than subject. See that "Subject Term/ more" filter and choose some indexing term that's highly meaningful for your topic.
(12:13:56 PM) Forget the exclude. That's a time waster.
(12:14:23 PM) Just choose the BEST one subject term.
(12:17:06 PM) Even if it's one of the terms from your initial keyword search. The presence of these indexing terms (or tags) associated with the article indicate the article is *significantly* focused on that topic - not just a random keyword mention of your topic.
(12:18:37 PM) 26032612681382457259524266: much to look for a good article.
(12:18:39 PM) Choosing one subject term, reviewing the first few hits and then doing that "Subject Term/ more" filter again will let you successively refine down to just the articles that are tagged for what you need.
(12:18:47 PM) Yeah - you got it.
(12:19:12 PM) 26032612681382457259524266: Gracias!!!
(12:19:19 PM) You can always benefit from choosing the second or third checkbox in the first filter as well for "Scholarly"
(12:19:25 PM) Anytime!

A few simple steps can make all the difference in connecting search results to full text, exporting citations to RefWorks or EndNote and best of all - SAVING TIME!

It's great that GoogleScholar settings can be saved by a cookie in your browser without requiring that you sign into a personal Google/Gmail account.

Go to:

Look for the "gear" icon that says "Settings"

Google Scholar Settings Screenshot


From the "Settings/Search results" page, scroll to the bottom to choose the citation management service you use. If this is new to you, we recommend that you start out with a RefWorks account for organizing your citations and generating bibliographies automatically.

 Google Scholar Settings Screenshot Citation Management Option

Be sure to "Save" your selection. Then choose the "Library Links" menu option at the upper right of the screen.

Look up "Drexel University" and then check it as a selected option. This will permit the citations you retrieve to show links to fulltext in the Drexel Libraries collection. A second worthwhile look-up for "Worldcat" is a good idea as well. The free online worldcat collection shows links to books in the collections of most North American libraries.


Due to the Federal Government sequester, my favorite publicly accessible interface to the ERIC aka "Education Research Information Clearinghouse" database is not working.  In place of using the awesome website, I recommend the first of the following two vendor platform options. Especially notice how they each handle searches that utilize the ERIC Thesaurus (which I highly recommend you use for precise and powerful searching.)





Try them both and let me know which you prefer!


This post is in response to inquiries from Education graduate students who use the web-based RefWorks citation management solution for harvesting journal citations, but would like to ultimately have their citations reside in the desktop-based EndNote software.  Presuming you are familiar with RefWorks, we will proceed from the point at which you have collectied citations in a specific RefWorks folder, and are prepared to export them to a text file on your desktop for later use with EndNote. This also presumes you have downloaded and installed EndNote from the Drexel IRT software website.

Step one: Create a new folder using the "New Folder" button.

Step two: Save all the citations you want to export in one folder. Do this by selecting the checkbox for each desired  citation and floating over the icon of a folder with a small green circle that has a white plus sign. Click on the name of the target folder you created - like in my example "All important stuff."

Step three: You will get a small pop-up feedback window in the bottom right of the screen that says you were successful.

Step four: Then click on the folder tab that says "Organize and Share Folders" and select the folder you created that has the contents you wish to export. The name of the folder shows up in the breadcrumbs navigation at the top of the page.

Step five: Then look uner the topmost menu option for "References" and select "Export."

Step six: You will get a large pop-up "Export References" window that prompts you to choose some or all of the records in your selected folder. It also asks you to "Select an Export Format."   If you are exporting with the intention of moving your citations into EndNote, then you should choose "RefWorks Tagged Format."

Step seven: The next step surprised me. I thought the results would output to a ".TXT" file and ask me to save it on my desktop. But instead it opens a new browser tab and shows me the plain text. No worries. Just copy all that text out of the browser, open any text editor you have on your computer, such as NotePad. You can even use MSWord. Paste in the text and save the new document on your desktop with a name you'll remember. Be sure this document has been "Saved As" a text document and has the ".TXT" file extension.

Step eight: Now you open EndNote. Find the icon with the green arrow up on the top menu ribbon.


Step nine:On the "Import File" window, use the "Choose" button to navigate on your computer's desktop to find the .TXT file of citations you exported from RefWorks in Step Seven, above. Important! On this same menu, use the drop down menue to set your "Import Option" to "RefWorks Import."

Step ten: Savor the feeling of accomplishment!


Comments or questions? Please email


Annotated bibliographies can be managed in a variety of ways. Based on a recent interaction I will share the steps outlined for an EdD student who wanted to try using RefWorks.


The Library database "Education in Video" has been updated with 96 new videos equaling 37 additional hours. New content from the producers:

- HighScope with videos in the area of Behavior, School and Educational Psychology, Teaching Methods, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Physical and Outdoor Education, and teaching English/Language Arts.

- Corwin Press with videos regarding Leadership, Professional Development and the teaching of mathematics.

- Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning with videos in the area of Student Assessment, Teaching Methods, Learning Styles, Community and Family Issues, Types of Schools and Social Environment, Teacher Collaboration and more.

See a list of all of the new videos on the vendors website.

Education in Video now contains 3,874 videos/1,025 hours of content! A detailed list of producers/publishers and content categories was listed in my previous blog post.

Start using them through the Drexel Library today!

We are delighted to announce that starting in February your e-book options for education topics will be greatly expanded! We anticipate adding a large batch (1000's!) of current education e-books through a new arrangement with our eBrary vendor. You can find these new e-books in three ways.

Many of you will be familiar with searching by keyword or browsing by subjects linked to each book's short descriptive record in our old-style  catalog. That will work fine with these new e-books, and is a good way to see all the book content we have, hard copy as well as electronic. But please recognize that you are only searching an amount of text equal to what previously fit on one or two physical 3"x5" index cards.

If you want to try something NEW - try our frontpage default "Articles & More" tab to search the FULLTEXT of e-books via our new Summon tool! This works with eBrary books but not necessarily content from other e-book vendors due to the fact that both eBrary and Summon products are affiliated with Proquest, a large publisher of library databases. Summon automatically searches the keyword contents of the full-text eBrary e-books, but I'm not altogether clear how those search results appear. What I can tell for sure is that using the advanced search feature you can specify Content Type= book chapters so each chapter appears as a separate article in the search results.

Third option is searching within the eBrary vendor database itself. There, you are sure to be keyword searching the full-text of all the books AND you can create your own personal eBrary account. Why bother with creating your own account? Because doing so enables greater printing capabilities as well as the ability to download chapters or entire books to your personal reading devices. See my other blog post for the details how to do that.

Want to see by HOW MUCH our collection will expand? See the number at the bottom of the following screenshot - it shows that by browsing Education topics, we currently have 2,870 books in this subject. Check back in February and compare the number! Please email me any comments.

Total eBrary Education BooksTotal eBrary Education Books in December 2012


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