When doing research in education, you can pick or refine a topic by browsing a general education reference source that will give you background information. The Encyclopedia of Multicultural Education (ebook), the Encyclopedia of Education (call # LB15 .E47 2003 in the reference section), and the ERIC thesaurus (a list of education subjects) are all useful sources.
To find full-text scholarly articles on your topic, you can do a keyword search (using concepts from your background research) in a database. Each of the following databases contains thousands of journals that specialize in education:
Mental Mesurements Yearbook (database of educational testing instruments)
Teacher Reference Center
Academic Search Premier (general database that covers all aspects of education)
Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (find articles on educational technology, information literacy, books, and reading)
Primary Search (elementary school research)
Psyc Articles (sociology, psychology)
PsycInfo (psychological aspects of learning and teaching)
You can also search a print copy of the Education Index (call #Z5813 .E28 located behind the reference desk) for additional articles.
For instructions and details about citing your research, try the Documentation and Citation Guide.
To follow trends, get research ideas, and read education news, you can browse these internet sites:
Gateway to 21st Century Skills
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature
Great Web Sites for Kids (American Library Association)
Thinkfinity (interactive games, tools, and lesson plans)
U.S. Department of Education
Iowa Department of Education
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Digital Classroom (National Archives)
Digest of Education Statistics
Catholic Educator's Resource Center
Special Education Resources on the Internet
Ben's Guide: U.S. Government Web Sites for Kids
Teacher Tube (educational videos)
If you have any questions or are unsure where to locate materials in the library, you can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the reference desk (563 588-6421).
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