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Research Guides

CGU EDUC 621 - Educational Policy for School Leaders - Prof. Yamashiro - FA 2017

Getting started with policy research

If you are new to conducting research:
Consider reviewing the Starting Your Research tutorial to learn the phases and processes of doing research.

Start your education policy research with these key resources:

Connect to Google Scholar

Connecting the Claremont Colleges Library to Google Scholar will allow you to use your library subscriptions to access articles you find on Google Scholar. Not doing this will mean you will hit paywalls when trying to access articles in Google Scholar.

Set it up with these 4 easy steps:

1. Go to Google Scholar and sign into your account. You can use your personal Google account, or your CGU email:

2. After signing in, select SETTINGS at the top menu

3. On the right-hand side menu, select LIBRARY LINKS and search for Claremont Colleges


5. You're all set up!

Organize your research

Citation mangers are tools that organize your research and help you save time. You can even create bibliographies and in-text citations!

The library supports two citation managers:

  • Zotero is a free, open-source tool that lives in your browser. There are plug-ins for Microsoft Office so you can use it to cite in-text.
  • RefWorks is a subscription-based tool. There are plug-ins for Microsoft Office so you can use it to cite in-text. RefWorks requires a Claremont Colleges Library log-in, but you can continue to use it even after you graduate.

See below for guides on using each of these tools.

Other useful guides

Librarian, Teaching & Learning Services Coordinator

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Rebecca Halpern
RTLS Division
The Claremont Colleges Library