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These databases are either tailored to your subject or they provide coverage over a wide range of interdisciplinary topics. Before you start, you might take a look at some tips on searching databases.

  • ERIC:  The Education Resource Information Center, contains more than 1.3 million records and links to more than 323,000 full-text documents dating back to 1966.
  • Academic Search Complete: An interdisciplinary database that provides full text for nearly 9,000 journals, including more than 7,800 peer-reviewed titles.
  • Professional Development Collection: Full text articles from 520 authoritative education journals, including nearly 350 peer-reviewed titles
  • Points of View: Offers overviews on a variety of current events and sets of opposing viewpoints on controversial subjects
  • PsycArticles: Provides access to more than 153,000 articles nearly 80 journals--48 published by the American Psychological Association (APA) and 11 from allied organizations--that were published from 1894 to the present
  • Educators Reference Complete:  Access more than 1,100 periodicals and 200 reports from the US Department of Education. Provides full-text results for nearly half of the journal titles found in ERIC
  • Student Resources in Context:  Provides a premium selection of reference, thousands of full-text periodicals and newspapers, primary documents, and hours of video and audio clips and podcasts


If you can't go the library's stacks, check out our collection of online reference books:

If you can visit the library, it's easy to browse our collection because we organize books by their subject:

Organizing Books By Subject
Education (general) L
History of education LA
Theory and practice of education LB
Special aspects of education LC
Student societies LJ


You also might try these reference books:

  • Encyclopedia of Education: an eight-volume set that includes more than 800 articles on education and offers appendices and an index Ref LB 15 .E47 2003
  • The College Blue Book: a six-volume set that provides descriptions and data of colleges that grant degrees, offer occupational education, and/or include distance learning programs Ref LA 226 .C685 2012
  • Guide to Distance Learning: Contains information on more than 4800 distance learning programs, addressing accreditation and financial aid options Ref LC 5805 .P48 2005
  • 2008 Higher Education Directory: Provides the contact information of accredited, postsecondary, degree-offering institutions Ref L 901 .H46 2008
  • Dictionary of Multicultural Education: Explains and clarifies terms, phrases, and concepts used when discussing multicultural education Ref LC 1099 .D53 1997
  • Encyclopedia of Learning Disabilities: Provides more than 600 articles on topics related to learning disabilities and development Ref LC 4704 .5 .T86 2001


  • Oregon Common Core State Standards: Academic content standards and guidance to meeting the goals are found on this site.
  • Oregon K-12 Literacy Framework: This Oregon Department of Education site offers guidance on written assessments of literacy.
  • Oregon Early Childhood and Kindergarten: Find information on Oregon's programs to prepare children for school. Includes special education, interventions and education for children from low-income families.
  • Center for Public Education: Offers summaries of research and reports, articles on practices, news on education, and a glossary
  • Education World: Provides information on lesson plans, administration, technology integration, and professional development along with articles on issues related to schools
  • Multicultural Education Pavilion: Offers articles written by educators along with handouts, news, models, and activities related to multicultural education and social justice
  • Digest of Educational Statistics: Contains governmental data on education and includes links to information on assessment, fast facts, tables, and data tools
  • Hybridpedagogy:This open-access scholarly journal offers articles on teaching and technology, including online classes.
  • Education Week: An online journal that publishes international and national news about education along with articles on topics in education
  • National Institute for Literacy: Provides governmental information on literacy for children, adolescents, and adults, including links to statistics, program reviews, and discussion lists
  • Learn NC: Offers articles, resources, lesson plans, and news and is maintained by the University of North Carolina’s School of Education


The library subscribes to magazines and journals that are related to your field. Head to Tioga 2 and browse through some of these journals:

  • Childhood Education
  • Sociology of Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • Community College Journal


Whether you use websites, electronic journals, reference books, or print resources, you will need a bibliography. Here's some information on how to cite your sources:

  • Avoid inadvertent plagiarism: It's possible to copy from a source and not even know that you've done anything wrong.
  • KnightCite: This great site formats the bibliographic entry for you, and you can select the appropriate style (MLA, APA, Chicago).
  • Guide to the MLA style:The MLA-style is generally used for papers written in the humanities.
  • Guide for the APA style: The APA-style is generally used for papers written in the social sciences, especially psychology.


Don't hesitate to talk to a librarian, a tutor, or your instructor when conducting research. Make the most of these resources!