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There's a lot out there. I've tried to keep myself from madness by establishing some kind of search strategy and making clickable lists of good places to find relevant books, articles and research. However, an awful lot of stuff out there on the Internet is of doubtful quality, it seems. There was a list kept of some of the dodgier stuff at Scholarly Open Access, but this was closed down in 2016.

Search strategy

  1. Set up search spaces list
    This is below. Search spaces are often changing hands, merging or closing down, so the chances are that the research training you get at your university will give you a list that has some out of date links. I checked all of the ones I could find and made my own updated list on this page.
  2. Identify key search terms mapped to research interest areas
    These came from a re-read of my research proposal and some of the recent thinking I've been doing.[1]
  3. First search and analysis
    I pulled together a bunch of interesting-looking papers, selected on the abstract mostly, and added them to the list of stuff I'd already gathered. Analysis I'm finding harder but as I read and modify the specific interest/focus of this project, I'm developing a way of keeping a hold on the analysis. There's a cyclic thing going on here that's fuelled by reading, of which I'm not doing enough.
  4. Further search terms developed[2].
  5. Deeper evaluation and second search in each area
    Can't honestly say I've got here yet.
  6. Evaluation and analysis for literature review
    This is under way and I'm pulling bits together - "thesisable notes" - from the things I'm reading.
  7. Create alerts where possible to keep up to date
    Definitely started, but I only really have Google Scholar working properly. Search terms I have on there are things like "teacher presence" and "oxford tutorial".

Search Spaces


Library Catalogues

Journals and other sources

Mailing lists

Professional Resources for Teachers



  1. teacher presence; oxford tutorial; cambridge tutorial; flipped classroom; traditional pedagogy; locus of learning; student-teacher transaction space; MOOC pedagogy; didactic model; pedagogy of OER; self-learning; online learning; learning application; self-teaching; models of teacher; hole in the wall;SOLE;improvable object;learning metaphor; teaching metaphor; teacher metaphor; cognitive presence
  2. Lexical analysis, tokenization, Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis, Linguistic relativity
  3. u: s034@ Pk9!