A key part of a successful proposal is identifying a model of success--that is, a real world example of an idea like yours which has worked in practice--thus giving your patron evidence that your specific approach can succeed. So if you are proposing that peer tutoring can improve the math performances of middle school students in an urban school, you need to find a school in which a similar peer tutoring program has been implemented and shown to enhance student achievement.
Finding such studies can be challenging, but while searching the library databases you can use these recommended search terms to find models of success. Models of success are studies on real world examples of your topic. They provide valuable analytical information for the paradigm of your project. Below we have some general search terms that apply to any database, and some specific terms that are used in some specialized databases you can use..
Here is a simplified search string based on the example above:
Peer Tutoring AND middle school AND Math* AND (program effectiveness OR program evaluation)
Communication and Mass Media Complete
Compendex / Inspec
Computer Software Evaluation
Economic & Social Effects
Food Science and Technology Abstracts
Good Manufacturing Practice
There are basic search terms you may use to improve database results:
*Hint: To find more terms use the Thesaurus in a databases if they have one.
ERIC (Education Resource and Information Center)
ProQuest Education Journals
comparative effectiveness research
social validity research
CINAHL (Comprehensive Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature)
Health Services Research