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Where can I find an article, a book and a website on left vs. right brain and how it affects learning?

Last Updated: Feb 13, 2014  |  14486 Views
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Our library has a discovery search tool, Summon, that lets you search many of our subscription article databases and ebook collections from a single search box!   You can still find the individual databases on your course guide (when you have a very complex and/or narrow research topic, they're what you'll need to drill down deep).   But, Summon is a great place to start any research project!

Get started!

If these tips don't help you find what you need,  contact the librarians.  

Also, be sure to visit the COLL100 Course Guide for more helpful research and writing tools.


Find articles
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1.  Visit the Summon basic search at http://apus.summon.serialssolutions.com/#!/
2.  Type keywords like these into the search box:

  • left and right and brain and learning
  • dual-brain psychology and learning
  • cerebral dominance and learning
  • cerebral hemispheres and learning

3.  Click "Search."
4.  On the left side of the results page, you'll see a list of filters

  • Click "Full Text Online."
  • Choose an article type.  If you need scholarly articles, click "Journal Articles" and "Scholarly & Peer-Review."

5.  When you see an article that looks like a good fit, click the "Full Text Online" link to visit the full text and start reading!

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Don't type long phrases into the search box!  Type just the main ideas from your topic, and combine them with AND (read more about effective keywords here).

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While Summon lets you search for both ebooks and articles in one place, it's wise to approach a book search differently

Why?  Remember that books are much longer than articles, and so are also usually broader in scope.  That means that you may not find many books that are devoted entirely to a narrow topic like "left brain vs. right brain and learning."  But, you will find plenty of books on broader, but still related, topics like "brain and learning" or "the psychology of education."  Search inside those books for chapters or sections that deal with the left and right brain in learning!

1.  Visit the Summon basic search at http://apus.summon.serialssolutions.com/#!/
2.  Try searching for broader keywords like these:

  • brain and learning
  • left and right and brain
  • cerebral dominance
  • laterality
3.  Click "Search."
4.  On the left side of the results page, you'll see a list of filters
  • Click "Books & eBooks"
5.  When you see a book that looks like a good fit, click the "Full Text Online" link to visit the full text of and start reading!

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Don't type long phrases into the search box!  Type just the main ideas from your topic, and combine them with AND (read more about effective keywords here).

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Find websites

Searching for open (free) websites is tricky, since anyone can publish anything on the internet.   Not all of those sites will be worthy of a college-level research assignment (or even your personal use outside of class!). 

Be sure you're finding the best possible information by following these tips:

  • Try searching iSEEK Education!  It's a search engine that focuses on education topics.
  • Browse the Open Access Research Guide.  It compiles links to all of the best free scholarly sites.  You can search MERLOT's education collection, for example, for "brain."  

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Find more web search tips here!

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