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Middle School Education

A guide with resources tailored to middle school education.

Finding Articles

The best way to find articles would be to use the Discover@UMSL search tool, which can be found on the library's homepage. Discover brings up many different results from all of our various databases, but not everything. If you would like search on a more specific topic, consider searching directly in one of our subject-specific databases.


Break down your search into concepts. Develop a list of synonyms.

EXAMPLE: "middle school" AND education

Other terms for middle school could be "junior high," preteen, or "secondary school."
Combining different terms gives you different terms.


Clearly define your search statement. Trouble spots to look out for:

Too Broad - EXAMPLE: education

  • Solution: Add another concept to your topic which will narrow your search and make it more focused.
    EXAMPLE: education AND "middle school"

Too Narrow - EXAMPLE: education AND "middle school" AND "special needs"

[NOTE: To search a phrase use quotes]

  • Solution: Remove one secondary concept from your search string.
    EXAMPLE: education AND "middle school" AND "special needs"

Keyword & Subject Suggestions

  • Middle School
    • Secondary School
    • Junior High
    • Students
  • Education
    • Learning
    • Teaching
    • School
    • Teaching Methods
    • Curriculum 
    • Academic Achievement

Journal Suggestions