Library Research Guide: Education
Databases (Scholarly Articles)
- ERIC – Central collection of U.S. education-related articles, government reports, and technical reports.
- Education Research Complete – Database that contains only education-related periodicals. User can access full-text articles and citations (Library Barcode log-in required for off-campus use).
- ProQuest Education Complete – is a specialized database available to students, faculty, and staff. It contains full-text articles and citations from hundreds of education periodicals (Library Barcode log-in required for off-campus access).
- data.gov – Links to numerous federal statistical agencies that provide Education Statistics in a variety of areas. On the right hand side of the webpage under the heading “Agencies by subject,” scroll down to Education. This will generate a list of links to the government agencies that collect statistics in Education related subject areas.
- National Center for Education Statistics – Part of the U.S. Department of Education, the NCES collects and analyzes data associated with education in the U.S. Information on public & private education, school libraries, elementary/secondary/post secondary, and literacy assessments (along with much more data) can be searched with rankings by state and school district available.
- Statistical Abstract of the United States: Education – Published by the U.S. Census Bureau and compiling information from the “Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations,” the Statistical Abstract provides information on “formal education as a whole, at various levels, and for public and private schools. Data shown relate to the school-age population and school enrollment, educational attainment, education personnel, and financial aspects of education. In addition, data are shown for charter schools, computer usage in schools, distance education, and adult education.”
- The World Bank: Ed Stats – Compilation of educational statistics throughout the world. One can view country profiles, amount of money spent on education internationally, enrollment and completion rates, and many other factors affecting education in various countries.
General Education Sites
- U.S. Department of Education – Official government website of the U.S. Dept. of Ed. Contains information on education policy and research and links to news articles and speeches pertaining to education issues.
- Child and Family WebGuide: Education – “created by faculty at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts and Librarians, the webguide…describes and evaluates web sites that contain research-based information about child development.”
- Internet Public Library: Education – Contains links to a large variety of Internet resources pertaining to Education that include websites on Adult Education, Elementary Education, Alternative Education, Secondary Education, Special Ed, and many more.
- The Gateway– “provides educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit and commercial Internet sites. The Gateway contains a variety of educational resource types from activities and lesson plans to online projects to assessment items.” A very helpful lesson planning resource.
- Discovery Education – A Discovery Channel website with information for students (e.g. study tools, learning resources), teachers (e.g. library of creative curriculum related sources, lesson planning aids), and parents (e.g. education advice, reviews, study tools). It also includes Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators, “a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated often to include the best sites for teaching and learning.” Includes lesson plans, teaching tools, and much, much more.
- Database of Award Winning Children’s Literature – Searchable database that allows a teacher “to create a tailored reading list of quality children’s literature or to find out if a book has won one of the indexed awards. DAWCL has over 8,700 records from 102 awards across six English-speaking countries (United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England, and Ireland)”
- George Lucas Educational Foundation – “nonprofit organization that gathers and disseminates the most innovative models of K-12 teaching and learning in the digital age.” Offers information on innovative classrooms, articles for teachers on various topics including professional development, teacher preparation and more.
- National Education Association – offers information for teachers and education professionals regarding education policy and advocacy. There are also sections on lesson planning, classroom management tools, and teaching strategies.
- National Association for the Education of Young Children – “nation’s largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade.”
Special Education and ESL Resources
- National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA) – weekly resource bulletins, state resources and census news, information on promoting cultural understanding, online library, useful education links and more.
- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) – Contains resources related to IDEA including applicable content from other laws (No Child Left Behind, Family Education and Privacy Act) that relate to disabilities services.
- Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services – Office within the U.S. Dept. of Education that provides funding for students with disabilities. There is information on policies, programs, research initiatives, and reports pertaining to improving disabilities services within the school systems.
- The Praxis (Educational Testing Service) – “is a set of rigorous and carefully validated assessments that provides accurate, reliable information for use by state education agencies in making licensing decisions.” This link includes information on state testing requirements for teachers, information about registering for a Praxis exam, information on scoring, and test preparation tools.