Education Research Guide
Education Curriculum Center (ECC), Long Library
Educational media, texts, manipulatives, and other resources are gathered in the Education Curriculum Center (ECC) on the library's first floor. The space provides workstations, space for group and individual study, and collections to support the College's education curriculum. ECC materials circulate for two weeks.
Locating Journal Articles
Searching for Journal Titles in Education
Search here for a specific journal title or to see a list of education journals (print and electronic) held by the library. You may also browse journals by subject (choose Education).
Core Education Databases and Indexes
ERIC - Education Resource Information Center
Contains more than 1,243,000 records and links to more than 224,000 full-text documents, journal articles, and reports from the U.S. Department of Education database. ERIC can be searched with keywords or by using a controlled vocabulary. Coverage: 1966 to present.
To formulate a search using controlled vocabulary, use the Thesaurus of Eric Descriptors (online or the print version located at the reference desk) to search for appropriate ERIC terms. The thesaurus presents related terms in hierarchical or alphabetical displays. Samples of descriptors:
|Term: Testing||Use for||Testing Administration|
|Narrower term||Adaptive Testing|
|Computer Assisted Testing|
|Broader term||Measurement Techniques|
|Related term||Alternative Assessment|
Professional Development Collection
Full text of over 500 education journals, including nearly 350 peer-reviewed titles, and selected reports from governmental and non-governmental sources. Coverage: 1965 to present.
Education Index (1984 to present) Index Tables R 016.37 E24
General and Multidisciplinary Databases
JSTOR | ProQuest Research Library | OmniFile Full Text Select |Academic Search Elite | ECO
Search for the full text of articles in a broad array of scholarly and popular journals that include coverage of education topics.
Additional Databases of Interest
APA PsycNET (PsycARTICLES and PsycINFO)
Index and abstracts to books, dissertations, journals and papers in psychology, including educational psychology, and full text of nearly seventy core journals. Like ERIC, PsycNET has controlled vocabulary search capabilities, and also allows limits based on demographics, age groups, methodology, and other criteria. Coverage: 1887 to present.
Find books, journal titles, and media in the Wells College Library.
Search for books, journal titles, dissertations, and media in other libraries, and request them via Interlibrary Loan.
New York State Education Department
Information on State accreditation, assessments, grants, curriculum, and education statistics.
Librarians' Internet Index: Education
Annotated guide with links to education resources on the web.
Teaching with Primary Sources
Library of Congress
Teaching resources from the Library of Congress.
National Science Foundation Classroom Resources
Lessons and web resources for science classrooms.
Public Broadcasting System (PBS) Classroom Resources
Multi-media resources in current events, arts, science, humanities, and social sciences.
Educational programs and resources from the Smithsonian Institution.
Ed Watch Online
Reports on education with an emphasis on equity issues. It includes web sites, links to organizations, and governmental resources.
U.S. Census Bureau: Data on Education
Statistical data including educational costs, attainment, and enrollment.
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Education.
Encyclopedias provide summary information about persons, events, discoveries, and
theories, and may be a good place to start your research. Reference books are located
in the stacks near the main desk. Selected titles include:
Encyclopedia of Education R 370.3 qE552g 2003
Encyclopedia of Educational Research (1992) R 370.3 qE56
School: The Story of American Public Education (PBS Series)
The history of public education in the U.S., with profiles of innovators, events, and an extensive image collection.
Includes online reference resource Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature.
Finding Age-Appropriate Instruction Materials
Kid-friendly interface to Infotrac for younger students with searchable image file.
Citing Your Sources
Check with your instructor to determine if they have a preferred citation style. Guides to Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA), and Chicago Manual are available online. Print copies of style guides are available at the reference desk.