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  • Databases
  • ERIC Thesaurus
  • Reference
  • Books/e-
  • Journals
  • Stats & Web
  • QuickLinks
Education Databases

Use databases to find articles, essays, book reviews and more in scholarly journals and magazines. Some databases may include books. Look for citation tools that allow you to copy and paste selected citations. Other special features are noted in the chart below:

EBSCO Features:
- Personal Folder
- Create Notes
- Permalink
- HTML Text-to-Speech
- Optional download to audio file (MP3)
- Aggregated Search
- Citation/Export tool
See: EBSCO Tutorials

SAGE Databases:
My Tools
- Article References
- Search History
- Citation/Export Tool
See: SAGE Information & Services (Research tools and journal alerts)

EagleSearch - The EBSCO Discovery tool that gives you a global view of resources.
Tutorial flash. Use the advance search to mark selected disciplines.
Education Source
Professional Development Collection
Teacher Reference Center Free on the Web
Provides original, in-studio movies of authors and illustrators (go to Author & Book Resources then Meet-the-Author Movies) and other multimedia resources on K-12 books to support reading and library activities for all grades and content areas. More
For additional biographical resources see the Biographical Information library guide or search the author in Biography in Context database.
Academic Search Complete
Google Scholar Open Access

K-12 Databases
Book Collection: Nonfiction - Elementary School Edition
Book Collection: Nonfiction - High School Edition
Book Collection: Nonfiction - Middle School Edition
MAS Ultra - School Edition
Middle Search Plus
Primary Search
The following databases are not integrated with other EBSCO databases. Click the database title from the list that come up.
  • Kids Search (Specially designed elementary/middle school search interface)
  • Searchasaurus - Includes "Teacher Resources." Kid-friendly interface to Primary Search, Middle Search Plus, Encyclopedia of Animals, Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, American Heritage Children's Dictionary, and an image collection.
  • Student Research Center
show/ hide TIP: Use EBSCO's Aggregated Searching
EBSCO databases

Library research guide: How to Find periodical Articles

Education - Keywords, Subjects & the ERIC Thesaurus

Sample Searches:

How to Use the ERIC Thesaurus

Browse the ERIC Thesaurus alphabetically or by category. Read the ERIC FAQs.

As you begin your search, identify all the major concepts of your thesis or research topic. Then, use the ERIC thesaurus to locate, explore and select descriptors for each concept of your topic. A thesaurus will often provide lists of broader, narrower, and related terms.

1. Thesaurus Go to Education Source or ERIC EBSCO.
2. Click Thesaurus in the top menu bar.
3. Key in your term in the Browsing: Education Thesaurus text box and select a browse function, such as Relevancy Ranked. Click Browse.
Tip: To display details of a term, click the term.
4. Click the checkbox in front of the term(s) you want to use, and then click Add to move the thesaurus terms into the search text box.
5.Browse for another descriptor to add or click search.


Keyword vs. Subject/Thesaurus Searching

Lists of pre-defined, carefully selected words and phrases used to identify and classify information and define contents of, for example, an article, are called "controlled vocabulary." These include subject headings, descriptors, and the education-related list called the ERIC Thesaurus. Whereas the common keyword search is based on an exact word match, a subject or thesaurus search locates records by assigned subject or descriptors.

ERIC ThesaurusSearching with subject headings can:
• more precisely retrieve relevant information on a topic,
• illustrate relationship between related terms
• and identify synonyms and broader or narrower terms, as shown in the image (click the image for a larger view).

Combine Keyword and controlled vocabulary searches

Rather than guessing what keywords to use, consider doing a thesaurus or controlled vocabulary search first. The controlled vocabulary brings up a list of results that are defined, categorized or identified by the controlled vocabulary term(s).

Review and assess your results. Then, add a keyword to the search or use the Search History to combine searches. In the detailed record for review and note the descriptors for that record. Click on any descriptor to get a new search result list for that subject or thesaurus term.

Education - Reference Materials

Selected eReference Titles
Credo Reference Center ORU database-- If you are off campus, includes distance learners, you will need to login.
Concept Map Example: public school education
View title by subject. Select Social Sciences.
Gale Virtual Reference Library: Education ORU database-- If you are off campus, includes distance learners, you will need to login.
Keyword search: education (~156,410 results)
→ Limit search by document type, publication type, or subject.
→ Or, drill down your results by a "Search within results."
Points of View Reference Center ORU database-- If you are off campus, includes distance learners, you will need to login.
Examples:  Education Standards

In the Library, LRC-4th Floor
The print Reference Collection includes subject encyclopedias, specialized dictionaries, handbooks, and similar materials. To find specific reference titles, use the Library catalog and limit your results to "Reference Collection."

Or, just browse the shelves in the "L" call number section for education-related reference books. Books are shelved in Library of Congress (LC) call number order, so similar subjects will be shelved next to each other.
Library of Congress Classification Outline -- Education

Reference books cannot be checked; however, some titles may have a duplicate in the main collection that is available for checkout. Search the title you need in the library catalog to see if the book is located elsewhere in the library and availability for checkout.

Education - Books

Try a keyword or subject search. Once you find a book of interest, click the title to access the detailed record and note the table of contents and/or subject headings for additional terms to search.

eBooks Sample Titles:

ebrary: Education (~2,609 ebooks)

Sample Subject Searches (with links to results)
ebrary: Conduct of Life ~100 ebooks
ebrary: Early Childhood Education ~60 ebooks
ebrary: Universities and Colleges 140+ ebooks


  • For the most recently published ebooks to appear at the top of the list change "Sort results by" from Relevance to Date.
  • To view the 20 most relevant chapters from your ebooks: do a search then click the Chapter Results tab.
  • To browse ebrary titles in a specific call number section (shown below):
    Use Advanced search. Change Search in menu to LC Call Number. Type the call numbers(see LC outlines). Click Search ebrary.
    It's like browsing virtual ebrary shelves.

eBook Collection: Education (330+ ebooks) EBSCO More...
Restricts full text to 1-5 simultaneous readers. Free downloads. See the Help pages and Downloading eBooks Tutorial.
Library research guide: How to find... Books & eBooks

Education - Journals

If your professor recommends a journal, check the A-to-Z Journals List to see if the journal is available in the library, either online or in-house. You may find titles free online such as Leadership Journal and Christianity Today International.

A-to-Z Journals List: Education (~1,559 journal titles)
(Choose a subject > select a title > follow the links to full text.)
A-to-Z Journals List, title keyword search: education (~988 journal titles)
Free on the Web
Leadership Journal
Available in hard copy (print) in the periodicals area, LRC-4th floor. Selected articles are also available on the web. Note that "Articles are gradually posted on the website over time, and some articles appear only in print."
Leadership Journal.netTo browse online issues:
--Go to Leadership
--Select a topic in the left menu or just click go.
To search online issues:
--Go to Leadership
--Type your key concepts.
--From the drop menu, if not selected, choose Leadership then click go.
Leadership Journal 
Christianity Today International
Library research guide: How to find... Periodicals (Journals, Magazines, etc.)

Education - Statistics & Selected Websites

ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) on YouTube
USEDGov on YouTube
National Center for Education Statistics (ies, Institute of Education Sciences)
"The primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education."
Provides "a comprehensive overview and analysis of the state of education in the US and comparisons to other countries." Includes:
Publications & Products Search
Digest of Education Statistics - Statistics covering American education, kindergarten - graduate school. 400+ tables from many sources, both government and private.
Education Statistics Quarterly, free full text online. Free copies can be ordered.
Fast Facts
International Data Table Library star
Projections of Education Statistics to 2018
Official site of the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics.
Memos on Measures of Social-Emotional Development in Early Childhood, by Subdomain PDF
Education Publications (ED Pubs) star (Dept. of Education)
6,000+ free titles (brochures, posters, research reports, videotapes and more)
ED Pubs: Top 10 Publications
The Gallup Organization
Polls on social issues, ethics, values, etc. Try a general search for education.
Statistical Abstract 2012: Education
Statistical Abstract of the U.S., Education PDF Report (52 pp.) ProQuest
U.S. Census Bureau
About School Enrollment
American FactFinder
Education Topics
Educational Attainment in United States: 2010 - Detailed Tables
• Newsroom: Kindergarten in America, Chris
• Newsroom: News Releases
UNESCO's Institute for Statistics: Education Data (United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture)
Fact Sheets: Education
Library research guide: How to find... Statistics

Database QuickLinks

Click the More Information to link to the vendor's database descriptions.

(Dept. of Education)