Answered By: Lillian Loving
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2019     Views: 32

On the library databases page, select the Education Subject Based Databases. Doctoral Persistence is related to continuing education in graduate programs which these databases will have information on 

To get to the Education Subject Based Databases:  


1. Start on the Jerry Falwell Library main page:  

2. In the top middle-right there is a heading that says "Collections." Click on this heading and then select "Databases" underneath "Electronic."  

  1. 3. On the left-hand side there is a section labeled “Browse by Subject”; select “Education” 

Two suggested databases from the Education database list are: “Education Research Complete” and “ProQuest Education Journals.” It is recommended to search in multiple databases as each database subscribes to different journals and searching in multiple locations will provide more results.  


In the search bars provided (click on Advance Search in ProQuest to get to the multiple search fields) you’ll want to enter in your desired search terms. Because the literature uses various terms to describe persistence, you will want to combine multiple terms using the Boolean phrase ‘OR’. Using OR will expand the database search for articles including those words.  


For example: 

1st Search field: doctoral OR phd OR grad* OR student* 

2nd Search field: Persistence OR retention OR graduation  


The asterisks (*) are known as truncation and they are used to search multiple word endings and spellings. So instead of searching just student adding the * searches for student and students 


If you want your search to focus on business students, then in the search bar you would need to add quotation marks around the phrase like so: “business student*”