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EDB 540: School Budgeting and Finance

This guide supports EDB 540, which is focused on school budgeting and finance in Michigan.

Begin your Research with SUMMON

Summon is a  tool used  to search for books and journal articles at the same time. It will search  the library catalog, plus all (or at least most) of the library's databases in a single search.

Summon is a good place to start if you don't have any idea where to begin looking or to do a preliminary search to get a general idea of what is available on a topic.

Search Summon - Find articles, books, & more

 

Find journals in your subject area using BrowZine

Some recommended journals in this area include: 

  • Journal of Education Finance
  • Education Economics
  • American Economic Journal
  • Journal of Public Economics
  • Public Finance Review
  • Journal of Policy Analysis & Management
  • Educational Evaluation & Policy Analysis
  • Southern Economic Journal

Searching Tips

1. How do I search for my topic?

Identify the keywords of your topic and use those as your search words
Each article has tags assigned to it, words or shorts phrases that make them searchable - you want your search words to match those tags
Words like factors, effects, issues, relationships are usually not used as tags - don't include them as search words

Example: Your topic is: Public School Funding in Michigan

 Summon Search: ("school financ*" OR "school fund*”) Michigan

·         financ* searches for all the variations that could end this term, like: finance, finances, and financing

  • "school financ*" searches for school finance/finances/financing as a phrase, not separate words
  • Using parenthesis and a Boolean operator (OR, AND, NOT) allows you to include more than one possible search term at the same time.

 

2. How do I focus the search hits to meet my assignment requirements?

Use Refine Your Search in Summon to focus your search hits to just peer-reviewed journal articles:

·         Click on Peer Review 

·         Under Content Type, click on Journal article

Current/Recent articles:

·         Under Publication Date, move the scroll bar over to the year range you want to narrow down to (for instance: 2006 to Present).

 

3. I have too many irrelevant search hits. How do I focus them?

  • Look through the Subject Terms in the Refine Your Search sidebar and click on the subjects that interest you
  • When you find an article that looks interesting, look at its assigned tags; Add any relevant tags to your search.
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