There is a great deal of scholarship in the field of education and, as a result, a great deal of publications and writing to sift through. Knowing in advance the types of articles and writing you're looking for makes the research process simpler and more successful in the long run. Library search tools and Google Scholar contain both practitioner and research-based articles -- so what are they, and how do I tell them apart?
The best way to search for practitioner journals in education when using article databases like the ones linked below is to limit your search on the initial search screen to trade publications.
The best ways to search for articles within a selected publication choose one (see below) and click search within this publication. Then add keywords (i.e. middle school AND language arts) to find articles related to your area of interest.
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