Research By Subject: Education
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ERIC - Education Resources Information Center
Index and full-text for peer-reviewed journals, trade publications, research reports, and newspapers in the field of education.
Academic Search Complete
Index and full text of magazines, newspapers, reports, conference proceedings, and scholarly journals in a wide variety of disciplines.
DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals
DOAJ is a database of more than 4,000 open access, peer-reviewed journals.
An electronic repository of full-text journals in a variety of disciplines, Jstor includes the full text of journals starting from the origin of their publication, but often does not have the most recent 2-5 years.
Professional Development Collection
This database focuses on practical concerns for practicing teachers and is a very good place to look for information to help you apply research in your classroom.
Education students will find articles related to developmental psychology in PsychINFO.
Full-text database with tens of thousands of incisive book and film reviews from 1956 to present. It provides users with insight on publications from a psychological perspective allowing them to choose relevant reading material, to select appropriate course materials, and more.
Contains full-text news, business, and legal information, with some types of information dating back to 1790.
Newspaper Source provides cover-to-cover full text for 35 national & international newspapers. The database also contains selective full text for 375 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full-text television & radio news transcripts are also provided. Covers 1985-present.
Find a Publication
Search for a journal, magazine, or other periodical by its exact title, the beginning words of the title, or words within the title. You can also browse by Category for journals in your field of interest.
Encyclopedia of Education
This eight-volume encyclopedia set covers all aspects of education. Entries range from one to twenty pages long and include bibliographies for further reading.
Call No: REF. LB15 .E47 2003
Encyclopedia of Education and Human Development
This three-volume encyclopedia set is designed for professional educators as well as students in the field; it covers educational theory and practice from the primary grades through higher education.
Call No: REF. LB 15 .E473 2005
Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology
Educational psychology can be defined as the application of what we know about learning and motivation, development, and measurement and statistics to educational settings (both school- and community-based). Entries draw from a variety of diverse disciplines including human development across the life span, measurement and statistics, learning and motivation, and teaching.
Encyclopedia of Human Development
First comprehensive, authoritative, and informative reference work that presents state-of-the-art research and ready-to-use facts from the fields of psychology, individual and family studies, and education in a way that is not too technical. Covers topics as diverse as adolescence, cognitive development, education, family, gender differences, identity, longitudinal research, personality development, prenatal development, temperament, and more.
Encyclopedia of School Psychology
Features the latest research on school learning, motivation, and educational assessment. Entries by contributing authors from psychology, education and counseling, child development, and special education address student success, behavior disorders, intelligence testing, learning disabilities, strategies to improve academic skills, and more.
Encyclopedia of Special Education
This four-volume encyclopedia set provides information on the education of exceptional children and adults, with increased attention given to those topics that have grown in importance since the previous edition, such as technology, service delivery policies, international issues, neuropsychology, and RTI. Assessment instruments frequently administered in special education settings are discussed.
Call Number: REF LC 4007 .E53 2014
Oxford Dictionary of Education
Provides clear and concise definitions for 1,250 terms, from A* to zero tolerance, that anyone studying education or working in the field is likely to encounter. Coverage includes all sectors of education: pre-school, primary, secondary, further and higher education, special needs, adult and continuing education, and work-based learning.
Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Education
The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Education serves as a general introduction to key issues in the field, furthers the philosophical pursuit of those issues, and hopes to bring philosophy of education back into closer contact with general philosophy. Philosophy of education has an honored place in the history of Western philosophical thought. Its questions are as vital now, both philosophically and practically, as they have ever been. The articles in this volume cover a broad range of philosophical questions concerning education.
Call Number: REF LB14.7 .O93 2009
FedStats provides access to the full range of official statistical information produced by the federal government.
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education. NCES issues numerous publications and datasets each year. These include: early releases, issue briefs, statistical reports, directories, and handbooks of standard terminology. Many publications report the findings of specific surveys, but at least three--Digest of Education Statistics, Projections of Education Statistics, and The Condition of Education--cover the field of education statistics from a broad perspective.
Google Book Search
Google Books contains thousands of books that have been digitized. Books under copyright are available as a limited preview only, while books in the public domain are often available in their entirety.
A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Picture Books
offers up-to-date information on fiction and nonfiction picture books for children. Comprehensive and easy to use, it consists of a subject guide, a bibliographic guide, and title and illustrator indexes.
Call No: CMC Z1037 .L715
Best Books for Children: Preschool Through Grade 6
This book provides a list of books recommended for children's recreational reading as well as use in a typical school curriculum. Books are listed by topic, and each entry includes bibliographic information as well as review citations.
Call Number: CMC Z1037 .B43 2002
BookHive: Your Guide to Children's Literature
BookHive is a web site designed for children ages birth through twelve as well as their parents, teachers, or anyone interested in reading about children's books. Providing reader's advisory service, this site contains hundreds of reviews of recommended books in a variety of reading levels and interest areas.
Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site
This is a collection of reviews of great books for kids; ideas of ways to use them in the classroom; and collections of books and activities about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes, and professional topics.
Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents
This is the website of an academic center at California State University San Marcos that promotes literacy in English and Spanish. The Center endeavors to inform current and future educational decision-makers about books centered on Latino people and culture and about books in Spanish and their value in the education of English-speaking and Spanish-speaking children and adolescents.
Children's Literature Web Guide
The Children's Literature Web Guide is an attempt to gather together and categorize the growing number of Internet resources related to books for children and young adults. Much of the information that you can find through these pages is provided by others: fans, schools, libraries, and commercial enterprises involved in the book world.
Lexile Framework for Reading: Find a Book
Use Lexile measures or grade level and interest categories to find books for K-12 readers.
Multicultural Readings Bibliography
This site provides an annotated bibliography of K-12 books great for curriculum building, collection diversification, and reading group planning.
Picturing Childhood: Illustrated Children's Books From University of California Collections, 1550–1990
This online version of an exhibition catalog contains essays focusing on the history and tradition of children's publishing; movable and pop-up books, toys, and games; 19th-century illustrators; and 20th-century technology used in illustrating children's books. Features over 30 illustrations, a checklist of works, and selected bibliography.
Vandergrift's Children's Literature Page
A website with information on children's books, including bibliographies of books with female and minority protagonists.
Benchmarks for Science Literacy
Benchmarks for science education compiled by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Developing Educational Standards
A website guide to educational standards by geographic location and topic.
Illinois Common Core Standards
This Illinois State Board of Education homepage for the Illinois Common Core Standards is an up-to-date resource for teachers, with links to seminars, the Professional Learning Series (professional development resources and tools to assist with various aspects of common core implementation) and more.
Illinois Learning Standards
The Illinois Learning Standards (ILS) define what all students in all Illinois public schools should know and be able to do in the seven core areas as a result of their elementary and secondary schooling.
Indiana Standards and Resources
Organized by content area and grade level, this Web site allows Indiana's academic standards, the core standards and their accompanying resources to be viewed, printed, or downloaded on-demand as needed.
McREL: Standards and Benchmarks Database
Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning is a compendium of content standards and benchmarks for K-12 education in both searchable and browsable formats.
National Science Education Standards
An electronic book that offers a coherent vision of what it means to be scientifically literate, describing what all students should understand and be able to do in science.
Principles and Standards for School Mathematics
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards website. Some material available exclusively to NCTM members.
Wisconsin Model Academic Standards
Academic standards set by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Common Core Resources
A collection of linked resources on common core from the Center for the Advancement and Support of Educational Initiatives at Illinois State University. Includes comparison of 1997 Illinois standards to Common Core standards, lesson planning sites, rubrics, and math, science, and music resources.
Education World is a website with lesson plans and other information for teachers and administrators. The quality of the content varies considerably, so use judgement when perusing this source.
EduPlace Activity Search
A website provided by the textbook publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Activity Search allows educators to search or browse for classroom activies.
Environmental Health Science Education
A website with curricular materials, lesson plans, and professional development information for K-12 teachers. Maintained by the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Environmental and Health Sciences.
Lesson Plans @ the Educator's Reference Desk
This collection contains more than 2000 unique lesson plans which were written and submitted by teachers from all over the United States and the world.
Designed specifically for high school students, this resource includes articles from popular periodicals, reference books, charts, graphs, maps, and photos. Useful for curriculum planning for secondary education majors
Primary Source Sets--Digital Public Library of America
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Primary Source Sets are designed to help students develop critical thinking skills by exploring topics in history, literature, and culture through primary sources. Drawing online materials from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States, the sets use letters, photographs, posters, oral histories, video clips, sheet music, and more. Each set includes a topic overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide.
Read Write Think
This website is a partnership between the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and the Verizon Foundation. It contains free lesson plans and curriculum materials.
Scholastic Lesson Plans
Free lesson plans provided by Scholastic book publishers.
What Works Clearinghouse
The clearinghouse reviews the research on the different programs, products, practices, and policies in education in an effort to answer the question “What works in education?” The goal is to provide educators with the information they need to make evidence-based decisions. Material can be browsed by topics like Children and Youth with Disabilities or English Language Learners.
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
Books For You: Annotated Booklist for Senior High
A comprehensive annotated bibliography for high school level reading materials organized by subjects, Books for You lists over 1,000 books in 33 genres.
Call Number: CMC Z1037 .B724 2001
Lexile Framework for Reading: Find a Book
Use Lexile measures or grade level and interest categories to find books for K-12 readers.
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Book Awards and Booklists
Looking for great teen books? Look no further than YALSA's Book Awards and Selected Booklists. While these books have been selected for teens from 12 to 18 years of age, the award-winning titles and the titles on YALSA's selected lists span a broad range of reading and maturity levels.
Abraham Lincoln Award
The Abraham Lincoln Award is given annually to the author of the book voted as most outstanding by participating students in Grades Nine through Twelve in Illinois.
American Library Association Book and Media Awards
The Association for Library Service to Children division of the American Library Association provides recognition to authors, illustrators, and other media creators through numerous awards, the most notable being:
Monarch Award: Illinois' K-3 Readers' Choice Award
The Monarch Award is an annual award given to the author and/or illustrator of the book voted as their favorite by students in Kindergarten through Grade Three in participating Illinois schools and public libraries.
Notable Tradebooks for Young People
The books that appear in these annotated book lists were evaluated and selected by a Book Review Committee appointed by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and assembled in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC).
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K–12
The books that appear in these lists were selected as outstanding children's science trade books. They were selected by a book review panel appointed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and assembled in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC).
Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award
The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in Grades Four through Eight in participating Illinois schools.
Education Resource Organizations Directory
Compiled by the U.S. Department of Education, the Education Resource Organizations Directory can be used to find organizations that provide information, assistance, and subject-specific resources on many education-related topics, such as multicultural education, at risk persons, standards, teaching methods, and much more. Organizations include curriculum materials centers, regional assistance centers, education libraries, and many government offices related to education.