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Education: Topics/Keywords


Keywords to Try When Searching

Place quotation marks around phrases of more than 1 word when searching. (EX: "classroom management") The list below includes topic/keyword ideas for beginning education research.

  • active learning
  • apps in education
  • assessment
  • at-risk children
  • athletes & grades
  • banned books in education
  • behavioral issues
  • bilingual education
  • blended learning
  • boarding schools
  • bullies
  • charter schools
  • cheating
  • children with ADHD
  • class size
  • classroom discipline
  • classroom management
  • cognitive development
  • collaborative learning
  • common core
  • computer literacy
  • computer-assisted instruction
  • conflict resolution
  • cyberbullying
  • differentiated learning
  • digital literacy
  • discipline
  • dyslexia
  • e-learning
  • early childhood education
  • educational technology
  • elementary education
  • flipped classroom
  • funding for schools
  • gender-segregated education
  • Google apps in education
  • home schooling
  • homework
  • Indiana academic standards
  • information literacy
  • ipads in education
  • learning modalities
  • learning theory
  • literacy
  • mainstreaming in education
  • mentoring
  • merit pay for teachers
  • motivation to learn
  • No Child Left Behind
  • nutrition in school lunches
  • outcomes-based education
  • parental involvement
  • peer counseling
  • phonics approach to reading
  • plagiarism
  • portfolios (e-portfolios)
  • problem solving
  • school building architecture
  • school choice
  • school reform
  • school schedule reform
  • school to work programs
  • school uniforms
  • secondary education
  • sex education
  • standards of learning
  • standardized testing
  • STEM
  • teacher salaries
  • teacher unions
  • teaching philosophy
  • technology integration
  • textbooks
  • violence in schools


Subject Headings to Try When Searching

When using an EBSCO database to search subject terms, change the "Select a Field" option to indicate "SU Subject Terms." Place quotation marks around your subject terms as indicated above.


  • alternative assessment (education)
  • continuous assessment (education)
  • educational assessment
  • traditional assessment (education)

Classroom Management:

  • behavior modification
  • classroom dynamics
  • classroom environment
  • classroom techniques
  • discipline problems
  • school discipline



  • computer literacy
  • emergent literacy
  • information literacy
  • literacy education
  • media literacy
  • reading comprehension
  • reading failure
  • reading fluency
  • reading instruction
  • reading skills
  • technological literacy
  • visual literacy



  • academic standards
  • common core state standards (education)
  • core curriculum
  • educational standards
  • national standards
  • state standards


  • computer uses in education
  • influence of technology
  • social media in education
  • technology education
  • technology integration
  • technology uses in education

Finding and Narrowing a Topic

Find ideas in the syllabus, your text, class discussion, or Google News.

   Narrow down a broad topic by asking yourself
   the 5 W's: who? what? where? when? why?

   As you search the databases, looking at
   subject headings and abstracts can help you
                focus your topic.

Boolean Operators

Using Boolean operators (AND, OR, and NOT) with your keywords will help you narrow or expand your results.

The highlighted middle section represents the use of AND. Searching for poverty AND addiction will give you results with both words present. Therefore, your results are fewer.

Using OR between similar keywords will give you results that include both words. Therefore, your results are greater. A search for teenagers OR adolescents will retrieve either or both terms.

The NOT operator gives you results from only one of your words. Therefore, your results are fewer. Searching for addiction NOT alcohol will eliminate alcohol from the results.

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