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DVED 7365 - Student Non-Cognitive Development: Finding Articles

This guide has been designed for DVED 7365 - Student Non-Cognitive Development. It contains key databases, tutorials, citation information, ILL information, and additional helpful resources.

Essential Databases

Recommended Databases

Other Education databases can be accessed on our Education Databases page.

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Please note: This guide is not exhaustive and is only intended as a starting point for students in DVED 7365. Although the guide may be useful for similar courses, this is not its intention.

Sample Topics and Terms

To develop your search terms:

  • Write out your question or topic in a sentence
  • Identify the most important words
  • Brainstorm alternatives for those important words (especially synonyms and historical terms)
    • Check the Thesaurus in your chosen database (if available) to determine the database's preferred term

For example:

Important word/term: Higher Education

Alternatives: colleges, universities, postsecondary education

Search string: 

"higher education" OR colleges OR universities OR "postsecondary education"

----------All quotes in this section are from Sedlacek, W. (2017) Measuring noncognitive variables: Improving admissions, success, and retention for underrepresented students. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC.-------

"Successful students possess confidence, a strong “self ” feeling, strength of character, determination, and independence."

Possible search/subject terms:

character traits or attributes
sense of self
determination or motivation

"Realistic self-appraisal is a person’s ability to assess his or her strengths and weaknesses, allowing for self-development."

Possible search/subject terms:

locus of control (internal/external)

"How we learn to handle the circumstances with which we are confronted tells us much about our ability and potential. Learning to make the systems of society work for them is important for all students, but the overlay of racism on those systems makes it more difficult to understand and negotiate for students of color, women, and others so affected."

Possible search/subject terms

institutional racism
racial bias


"Having long-term goals predicts success in college for students."

Possible search/subject terms:

long-term goals
long-range goals


"Students who have done well in school tend to have a person who has had a strong influence on them who provides advice, particularly in times of crisis (Sedlacek, 2004b)."

Possible search/subject terms:

support person
support system
support relationships
role model
family/familial support

"Nontraditional students who are most successful in higher education have shown an ability to organize and influence others."

Possible search/subject terms:

future leaders
leadership qualities or characteristics
transformative leadership
leadership styles
leadership development programs


"For nontraditional students to be successful, it is critical that they have a community with which they can identify and from which they can draw support."

Possible search/subject terms:

community support
community and identity
sense of community
community involvement
community service

"The experience of many nontraditional students may be quite different from that of traditional students and may include aspects of racism and structural barriers to their learning."

Possible search/subject terms:

nontraditional students
nontraditional learning
online/digital/virtual learning
distance learning

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APA Citation Information

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Other helpful resources include Purdue OWL and the APA Style Blog.


Distance Services & Interlibrary Loan

Take advantage of our Interlibrary Services to get almost any article or book you need, even if our library does not have access. If you are a distance student you can even request books from the main campus and have them shipped to your home for free. 

To request a book we do not own, an article we do not have access to, or a book from the main campus, simply log in to ILLiad using your SHSU credentials and fill out the appropriate form. Please be sure to verify your contact information and mailing address. 

For more information, please visit our Interlibrary Loan page. 


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