Using a theoretical framework for your dissertation can help you to better analyze past events by providing a particular set of questions to ask, and a particular perspective to use when examining your topic. View our Library FAQ for how to locate this document here.
It is important to keep in mind, however, that this is not a foolproof method for locating theoretical frameworks.
Scholars will often cite theory or theorists in order to refute them, or because they are saying something that's tangentially related, or they may even just refer to theory briefly in passing.
Since the e-book databases will contain fewer resources than a database containing thousands of scholarly journal articles, it is best to keep your search terms a little more broad.
For example, a search for education theory in the Ebook Central database results in many relevant e-books, as shown below.
One method that may be used in Google is limiting your search by a particular domain name.
If a website ends in .org, .gov, or .edu, it is results in Google Scholar may be considered scholarly.
For example, a search for cognitive developmental theory in the Credo Reference database results in a number of reference entries which discuss the history of the theory, identify relevant theorists, and cite seminal research studies.
You may search for theorists and theoretical information using Google and Google Scholar, as well.
Use the Library’s e-book databases to gather background information on a particular theory or theorist.
To access, go to Research Resources – Find an E-Book.