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ESOL Courses with Dr. Russell: Search for Journal Articles

Resources for discipline-specific research for ESOL

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What is a research study?

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Use Discover to search for books, articles, and more through GALILEO. This kind of search casts a wide net; it's like Googling the library's resources. Sometimes you'll find exactly what you need, but sometimes plenty of unrelated items come up in your search.

Use Discover to search for books, articles, and more through GALILEO. This kind of search casts a wide net; it's like Googling the library's resources. Sometimes you'll find exactly what you need, but sometimes plenty of unrelated items come up in your search.

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What is a research study?

A research study is a type of scholarly article that takes a query and seeks an answer through experimentation.

  • There will be a premise, a method, results, and then discussion of the results.
  • Research methodologies can be surveys, tests, ethnographic practices, interviews, case studies, and more.
  • Data can be qualitative (described through words and narrative), quantitative (numerically measurable or statistics), or a combination of methods.
  • Research studies are not something that can sorted in GALILEO or JSTOR.
  • An article's abstract is the best place to understand if an article is a research study or not. 
Examples of research studies Examples of non-research articles (that are still scholarly!)

"This study aimed to apply basic concepts in cognitive linguistics to teaching English idioms to EFL students."

"The results showed that the group receiving CL-based treatment outperformed the group applying rote-learning in both immediate posttest and delayed posttest for receptive and productive knowledge of the instructed idioms."

Link to article

Review of literature (meta-analysis)

"This article provides a review of child SLA research, particularly the research with a pedagogical focus. We describe a series of studies, including those informed by different theoretical perspectives..." Link to article

"This case study examines 16 years of cognitive development of two Japanese language teachers practicing computer-assisted language learning (CALL) and the challenges they experienced as a result of the evolution of information and communications technology (ICT)." 

"Narrative inquiry data for both participants were collected following the Trajectory Equifinality Approach (e.g., Valsiner & Sato, 2006), in which each teacher’s life trajectory is visualized to identify critical points based on social affordances and constraints. The critical points were further analyzed and interpreted within and between activity systems." Link to article 

"Most research up to now has been descriptive in nature"

"In addition, a few studies have directly explored ‘learning’ through the microanalysis of longitudinal data for any changes in the learners’ linguistic and interactional patterns of engagement. The review of studies is followed by those challenges that affect the implementation of CA in CALL research and a vision of the future of CA for CALL in the larger field of Applied Linguistics." Link to article