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Phi Theta Kappa Honors in Action

A research guide for the Honors in Action project completed by members of Phi Theta Kappa.


Research question: How does the use of technology in education affect those in different socio-economic situations differently? What effect does the use of technology in early childhood education, and through the course of a student's education, have on their development?

(Based on Honors Study Topic To the Seventh Generation: Inheritance and Legacy)

  • To target government websites (for statistics or government-funded studies), add to your Google search. 
  • Try the Directory of Open Access Journals for peer-reviewed articles freely available online:
  • If RVCC does not have access to full text of a needed article, use Interlibrary Loan to get it. Ask Janelle or another librarian if you need help.
  • Search the Internet, use Wikipedia, or utilize one of the library's Research Starter databases to learn more about your topic and look for synonyms and related terms to use in your searches.
  • Other keywords to try/combine to create complex searches (presented in alphabetical order, not ranked by usefulness):
App "Learning Management Systems"
"Application software" LMS
Broadband Harware
"Economic inequality" "Online course"
Education Pedagogy
EdTech "Socioeconomic status"
"Educational Technology" Software
Income Teaching
Instruction "Technology-enhanced learning"
"Instructional Technology" Training
Internet Wealth
Learning Wi-Fi

Recommended databases:

(Some of these may provide scholarly articles while others offer reference articles or popular sources. If you are not sure what kind of source you found, please ask Janelle or another librarian!)