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HIED 5367 - Diverse Student Populations: Finding Articles

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 HIED 5367. Although the guide may be useful for similar courses, this is not its intention.

Sample Research Topics

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"

Scope Note: Students who are the first in their families to attend a postsecondary institution.

Suggested Search/Subject Terms:

  • first generation college students
  • first gen college students
  • first-in-family

Veterans (General)

Suggested Search/Subject Terms:

  • Education of Veterans (Higher)
  • Veterans Education 
  • Education & the Military
  • Non-military Education of Military Personnel
  • Military Education
  • Veterans
  • Military Veterans
  • Military Service
  • Administration of Veterans Affairs


Event/Branch Specific

Consider searching:

  • for the specific event or branch (including alternative wording, spelling, and abbreviations)
  • for the type of event (ex: search for terrorism instead of 9/11)
  • in Psychology or Sociology databases in addition to the Education databases


Suggested Search/Subject Terms:

  • Atheism
  • Religious life of college students
  • Religion & Education
  • Religious cultural groups
  • Beliefs 
  • Religious beliefs
  • Religious conflict
  • Religious factors
  • Religious discrimination


Suggested Search/Subject Terms:

  • College athletes
  • Athletes
  • Athletic Participation
  • College Sports
  • College Athletics
  • Student athletes

Specific Sport:

  • Search it as "college [sport]" (ex: "college swimming")
    • *Note - Cheerleading is generally not considered a sport in the library databases

Suggested Search/Subject Terms:

  • Black women college students
  • African American college students
  • Women college students
  • Education of African American women
  • African American education
  • Minority group students


Suggested Search/Subject Terms:

  • College students with disabilities
  • Education of students with disabilities (Higher)
  • Higher education of students with disabilities
  • People with disabilities in higher education
  • Disability Discrimination 


  • Consider searching:
    • for a specific type of disability or disability group (ex: mental, learning, or physical disabilities)
    • in Psychology or Sociology databases


Suggested Search/Subject Terms:

  • LGBT* college students
  • College students AND
    • Gay OR Lesbian OR Bisexual OR Transgender OR Queer
  • Homosexuality OR Bisexuality OR Lesbianism OR Sexual Orientation
  • Transgender OR Sexual Identity

Tip - Consider using the wildcard symbol * to pull all records that may be using that root word with a different ending. (Ex: LGBT will pull LGBT, LGBTQ, LGBTQIA, etc.)

Scope Note: 

Suggested Search/Subject Terms:

  • Jewish college students
  • Jewish students
  • Religious groups
  • Race relations - Universities & colleges

Suggested Search/Subject Terms:

  • Mental health of college students
  • Psychology of college students
  • Mental health
  • Mental health services in universities & colleges
  • Mental health programs
  • Well being
  • Wellness

Tip - Consider searching for specific mental health issues such as stress management, depression, suicide, self-mutilation, etc.

Suggested Search/Subject Terms:

  • Distance education
  • Web-based instruction
  • Online courses
  • Nontraditional education
  • Part time students
  • Virtual classrooms
  • Virtual universities & colleges

Tip - Consider how the terms "online students" or "distance education" have evolved overtime, be sure to include any historical terms in your search.

Suggested Search/Subject Terms:

  • Education of refugees
  • Refugees
  • Migrants
  • Foreign students
  • Access to education
  • Student mobility

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