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Research Guide - Education Programs

Electronic Research Databases

Finding Journals

Style Guide

Library of Congress Classification System

Web Sites of Interest

Electronic Research Databases

ERIC (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - The Educational Resource Information Center, is a national information system supported by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Library of Education, and the Office of Educational Research and Improvement. It provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. ERIC provides full text of more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 1000 educational and education-related journals.

Teacher Reference Center (TRC) (Link to Database - On-campus/Off-campus) -Index of over 260 titles from teacher and administrator trade journals, periodicals, and books. This database provides coverage on education topics such as Assessment, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, Science & Mathematics, and more.

Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMYB) - (Link to Database - On-campus/Off-campus) - Contains the most recent descriptive information and critical reviews of new and revised tests from the Buros Institute's 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th Yearbooks. The database covers more than 2,200 commercially-available tests in categories such as personality, developmental, behavioral assessment, neuropsychological, achievement, intelligence and aptitude, educational, speech & hearing, and sensory motor.

Tests in Print - (Link to Database - On-campus/Off-campus) - Produced by the Buros Institute of Mental Measurements at the University of Nebraska, Tests in Print (TIP) serves as a comprehensive bibliography to all known commercially available tests that are currently in print in the English language. TIP provides vital informatiion to users including test purpose, test publisher, in-print status, price, test acronym, intended test population, administration times, publication date(s), and test author(s).

PsycARTICLES(Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Database covers general psychology and specialized, basic, applied, clinical and theoretical research in psychology. The database contains more than 39,000 searchable full text articles from 45 journals published by the American Psychological Association and 8 from allied organizations. It contains all journal articles, letters to the editor and errata from each of the 53 journals. Examples of titles offered in PsycARTICLES include: American Psychologist, Behavioral Neuroscience, Canadian Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychoanalytic Psychology, Psychotherapy: Theory/Research/Practice/Training, etc. Coverage spans from 1985 to the present.

PsycINFO(Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - From the American Psychological Association, contains over two million citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books and dissertations, all in the field of psychology, dating as far back as 1840. Journal coverage, which dates back to the 1800s, includes international material selected from nearly 2,000 periodicals in over 35 languages. More than 65,000 records are added each year. It also includes information about the psychological aspects of related disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business and law. Examples of titles offered in PsycINFO include: Academic Medicine, Academic Psychiatry, Behavior Genetics, Behavioral Disorders, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, Journal of Psychology, Psychoanalytic Psychology, Psychological Assessment, Psychological Medicine,etc.

LexisNexis Academic (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Provides searchable access to a comprehensive spectrum of full-text information from over 5,600 sources, selected to meet academic research needs, including: national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources; U.S. Federal and state case law, codes, regulations, legal news, law reviews, and international legal information; Shepard’sCitations for all U.S. Supreme Court cases back to 1789; and business news journals, company financial information, SEC filings and reports, and industry and market news.

Academic Search Elite(Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Provides full text for more than 2,050 publications, including more than 1,500 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the full text, indexing and abstracts are provided for all 3,468 journals in the collection. This database offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies and more.
Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) – Online encyclopedia. Also includes magazine articles, news stories, multimedia links, atlas, teacher activities, and links to prescreened, monitored Web sites.

America: History and Life (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Is a complete bibliographic reference to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Published since 1964, the database comprises over 490,000 bibliographic entries for periodicals dating back to 1954, providing an incomparable research tool for students and researchers of US and Canadian history.

Historical Abstracts (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Reference guide to the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life). This database is packed with annotated references to information on topics from the Renaissance to Tiananmen Square—over half a million entries in all.

Ethnic NewsWatch (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - An interdisciplinary, bilingual (English and Spanish) and comprehensive full text database of the newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. Designed to provide the "other side of the story," ENW titles offer additional viewpoints from those proffered by the mainstream press. Coverage begins in 1990.

MLA International Bibliography (Link to Database – On-campus/Off-campus) - Is an index of journal articles, books and dissertations. Produced by the Modern Bibliography Language Association, the electronic version of the dates back to 1963 and contains over 1.5 million citations from more than 4,400 journals and series and 1,000 book publishers. Coverage is international and subjects include literature, language and linguistics, folklore, literary theory & criticism, dramatic arts, as well as the historical aspects of printing and publishing. Listings on rhetoric and composition and the history, theory and practice of teaching language and literature are also included.

Finding Journals

Guide to Periodicals & Periodical Articles.

Use the Library’s Journals A to Z List to search and find full text within the library’s collection.

DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals – Education "Free full text, quality controlled ... scholarly journals."

Style Guide

Visit the Academic Resource Center - Writing Guides for more information on documentation and plagiarism.

Visit Knight Cite, a project of Heckman Library at Calvin College - this is a citation creation tool.

Visit bibme, an online bibliography maker for help with APA, Chicago, or MLA citation styles.

PE1408 .H11 W95 - A writer's reference/Diana Hacker - Location - Circulation Desk

Library of Congress Classification System – LC Subject

L Education (General)

LA History of education

LB Theory and practice of education

LC Special aspects of education

LD Individual institutions - United States

LE Individual institutions - America (except United States)

LF Individual institutions - Europe

LG Individual institutions - Asia, Africa, Indian Ocean islands, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific islands

LH College and school magazines and papers

LJ Student fraternities and societies, United States

LT Textbooks

Visit LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CLASSIFICATION OUTLINE –CLASS L – EDUCATION http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/lcco/lcco_l.pdf for further breakdown.

Web Sites of Interest

Government Agencies and National Organizations

American Federation of Teachers – “represents the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers.  It is an affiliated international union of the AFL-CIO.

Children’s Defense Fund – “a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for 35 years to ensure a level playing field for all children.”

Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) – “provides unlimited access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials…If available, links to full text are included. “

Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics – “working group of Federal agencies that collect, analyze, and report data on issues related to children and families. 

National Association of State Boards of Education – links to all 50 state boards of education.

National Center for Educational Statistics “the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.” 

National Education Association

Statistical Abstract of the United States – the education “section presents data primarily concerning formal education as a whole, at various levels, and for public and private schools.”

U.S. Census Bureau

U.S. Department of Education – includes links to lesson plans, standards and assessment information, No Child Left Behind, policy in education, as well as issues in professional development.  

West Virginia Department of Education – includes information regarding state CSO’s, 21st Century Learning Skills, professional development, and K-12 job bank.

Learning Disabilities and Special Education

Council for Exceptional Children – “largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.” 

Council for Learning Disabilities –“international organization concerned about issues related to students with learning disabilities.”

Learning Disabilities Online – “the world's leading  web site on learning disabilities and ADHD, serving more than 200,000 parents, teachers, and other professionals each month.” 

National Center for Learning Disabilities – “works to ensure that the nation's 15 million children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work and life.”

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities – provides information on “disabilities in children and youth; IDEA, the nation's special education law; No Child Left Behind; research-based information on effective practices for children with disabilities.”

Art and Music

National Art Education Association – links to lesson plans, research, and professional development in art education.

National Arts and Education Network – “offers free, standards-based teaching materials for use in and out of the classroom, as well as professional development resources, student materials, and guidelines for arts-based instruction and assessment.”

National Endowment for the Arts Jazz in the Schools – “investing in jazz education to help reconnect young people to a defining American art form.”

National Gallery of Art Classroom – “where teachers and students can connect art and curriculum.”

Foreign Language

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages – “only national organization dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction.”

History and Social Studies

National Archives – the National Archives resources for educators and their students. http://www.archives.gov/education/

National History Education Clearinghouse – “designed to help K-12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in the classroom.”

C-Span Classroom – free resources for Civics and U.S. Government education. 

The World Factbook

Language Arts

Adolescent Literacy – “national multimedia project offering information and resources to the parents and educators of struggling adolescent readers and writers.”

Center for the Book – research center under the Library of Congress “to stimulate public interest in books and reading” and “to include literacy and library promotion and encouraging the historical study of books, reading, and the printed word.”

International Reading Association – “supports literacy professionals through a wide range of resources, advocacy efforts, volunteerism, and professional development activities.”

LINCS-reviewed Resources for Teachers/Tutors – under the National Institute for Literacy, LINCS “is the online information and communications network for adult and family literacy.”

National Council of Teachers of English – “devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.”

National Institute for Literacy – “provides leadership on literacy issues, including the improvement of reading instruction for children, youth, and adults.”

Reading Rockets – “providing accurate, accessible information on how to teach kids to read and help those who struggle.”

Teachers at Random – free teacher resources through the Random House Publishers Website.

Young Adult Library Services Association – a division of the American Library Association specifically focusing on young adults with links to book lists and awards.

Math, Science, and Health

American Chemical Society – “independent membership organization which represents professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry.” Links to resources for educators.”

Environmental Health Science Education – “provides educators, students and scientists with easy access to reliable tools, resources and classroom materials.”

EPA Teaching Center – teacher resources for environmental education.

Exploratorium – “one of the first science museums to build a site on the World Wide Web. Our site now contains over 18 thousand award-winning Web pages exploring hundreds of different topics.” 

Franklin Institute for Science Learning – “online science content, resources and professional development opportunities for educators, and information about CISL (Center for Innovation in Science Learning) initiatives.”

Harvard-Smithsonian Digital Video Library – “an extensive collection of digital video materials supporting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education reform.”

Health Science Education Tools for Educators – “contains comprehensive lesson plans, interactive games and activities, webquests and more.”

Illuminations – “standards-based resources that improve the teaching and learning of mathematics for all students.”

Kids Health – “information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.”

Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences – links to science activities that can be used in the classroom.

NASA Education

National Association of Biology Teachers

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

National Science Foundation

Physics Central – sponsored by the American Physical Society, this site contains information, activities and lessons for teachers of physics and their students.

Science NetLinks – “provides a wealth of standards-aligned resources for K-12 science educators, including lesson plans, interactives and reviewed Internet resources.”

U.S. Geological Survey – “provides scientific information intended to help educate the public about natural resources, natural hazards, geospatial data, and issues that affect our quality of life.” Includes links to educational resources.

The Why Files – online science magazine that explores the “science behind the news”.


International Society for Technology in Education – “provides leadership and service to improve teaching, learning, and school leadership by advancing the effective use of technology in PK–12 and teacher education.”

International Technology Education Association – “professional organization for technology, innovation, design, and engineering educators.”

Miscellaneous Education Resources

CyberBee – award winning site providing access to Internet resources to educators and ideas for integrating technology across the curriculum.

CyberSmart: 21st Century Skills for Education – “fosters 21st century skills to increase student engagement and prepare students to achieve in today's digital society.”

Discovery Education – “provides engaging digital resources to schools and homes with the goal of making educators more effective, increasing student achievement, and connecting classrooms and families to a world of learning.” 

EdSitement – educational resources covering all areas of the humanities from the arts to social studies.

Education Atlas – contains extensive lists of education Web sites.

Educational Testing Service(ETS) – information on the PRAXIS exams

Edutopia – sponsored by the George Lucas Educational Foundation; “offers practical, hands-on advice, real-world examples, lively contributions from practitioners, and invaluable tips and tools.”

International Children’s Digital Library

Internet Public Library – Web based library with links to a multitude of resources in a wide range of subjects. 

Library of Congress – includes resources for teachers, students, and families.

Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) - user-centered, searchable collection of peer reviewed and selected higher education, online learning materials, catalogued by registered members and a set of faculty development support services.

New York Times Learning Network – “free service for students in grades 3-12, their teachers and parents.”

PBS Teachers – multidisciplinary teacher resources through the Public Broadcasting Service.

Thinkfinity – sponsored by the Verizon Foundation; “offers thousands of free lesson plans and resources, provided by the who's who of education and literacy experts, designed to spark the interest and imagination of today's students.”

Usable Knowledge – sponsored by Harvard Graduate School of Education to “provide educational leaders with crisp and convenient access to research that can be used to improve education – learning, teaching, institutional organization, and policy.” 

Yale National Initiative – “long-term endeavor to establish exemplary Teachers Institutes in states around the country.” Contains ”thousands of curriculum units in the humanities and the sciences prepared by participating teachers.”

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