Use HOLLIS or course readings for background. Look for:
- ways to narrow your scope (population, intervention, type of postsecondary institution, etc.)
- associations or organizations named in reference lists
- Chronicle of Higher Education Data
- National Center for Education Statistics
- Begin with Annual Reports
What is sometimes called "gray literature" -- works that are either informally published, or published by a non-commercial enterprise, such as an association, academic institution, or government agency can be good sources of current data. Gray literature includes reports, conference proceedings, research papers, dissertations and more.
Where to find Gray Literature?
Research Clearinghouses such as the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center provide concise summaries of findings, policy implications, and recommendations on key education issues.
- Policy File
- Advanced Google Search
- Think Tank Search
- ERIC, included in the 3-in-1 search (below) includes gray literature
- Often identified as "report"
Use the 3-in-1 Education Articles databases
Here's an example search:
Use the left menu to refine your results by date or "scholarly peer reviewed."
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