University Library, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL 36688-0002

Library Resources for Education Research

These reference sources may help you find good information in the area of Education. This page is by no means comprehensive; rather, it is intended to serve as a starting point for your research and assignments. For further assistance, please contact the Reference Desk.

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Finding Books

There are many  links that will take you to materials or services.  Use the Catalog to look for books,  government documents, and media. If the Library lacks a book or access to articles that you need, look into using Interlibrary Loan.  Articles may be emailed or faxed. Allow a week or more for this service.

SOUTHcat: USA Libraries' Catalog contains records for items held by the libraries at the University of South Alabama. It does not list journal articles.

ILLiad: If you need to request books or articles not owned by any of the University Libraries on Interlibrary Loan, use the Library's ILLiad system to do so. You will need to create a username and password for yourself. First Time Users should create their account at


Mental Measurements Yearbook.  OVID/SilverPlatter. Tests identified and described.  Use the link to online through “Electronic Reference Sources”
Dissertation Abstracts.  Link through “Electronic Reference Sources”
Virtual Reference Shelf.  Website. Compiled by the Library of Congress. Go to and click on “Virtual Reference Shelf.” This is a virtual library of links to facts,  statistics, encyclopedias and other sources.
National Center for Educational Statistics.
National Center for Health Statistics.

The following print titles may be available at an academic library near you or in the University Library at the University of South Alabama:

Greenwood Encyclopedia of Education.  Ref. LB 15 .G68 2003
Deskbook Encyclopedia of American School Law. Annual.  Ref. KF 4117 .T39
Encyclopedia of Special Education.  Ref. LC 4007 .E53 2007
Encyclopedia of Education. 2nd ed. 8 vols. Ref. LB 15 .E47 2003
Historical Dictionary of American Education.  Ref. LB .H57 1999

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Finding Articles

If you already have a citation use Our Journal List.  Type in the name of the journal to see if the Library has a database that makes it available (or is listed in our Catalog as a print journal).  Link to Our Journal List from the Library home page:

More on Articles

If you have a subject to research, try the link for Articles, Indexes, & Databases. ERIC is education’s primary database.  USA’s access can be found under EBSCO on the Articles, Indexes, & Databases page.  It and other databases are also listed alphabetically and in subject groupings.  ERIC contains references and abstracts from unpublished documents (ED) and references and abstracts for journal articles (EJ).  Many of the documents are available full text online, or articles through linked full text.  Older ERIC documents are also on microfiche (filed by ED #) on the second floor south of the Library.

In EBSCO you can select two other education databases, along with ERIC, and search all three at the same time:  ERIC, Education Research Complete and the Professional Development Collection.  But an advantage of beginning a search with ERIC alone is that a thesaurus (controlled vocabulary) is available.

Other databases with significant education content are Professional Collection in Gale InfoTrac, the education journals in Sage Online,  PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, and SocINDEX (also EBSCO).  EBSCO also offers SportDiscus for health and physical education articles.

Limiters: There are useful limiters that may be used in searching an EBSCO database. You  may select only journal articles, or only peer reviewed articles.  Another leading feature is being able to restrict results to reports research for empirical research studies only.  In many databases the articles will be listed in reverse chronological order (latest first), but there is a date limiter as well.

Other Databases / Search Engines:

Academic OneFile (Gale/InfoTrac)- Large collection of  full text articles from journals across many fields of study.                                                                                  
Expanded Academic ASAP (Gale/InfoTrac)- General index includes many fields of study. Limit to “refereed journals” if desirable.
Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) – Similar to Expanded Academic ASAP; includes popular titles.
ScienceDirect – Includes education titles and articles as well as  science & technology.
Wiley InterScience: (including BlackwellSynergy journals). This journal database includes a few, mostly higher education titles.
GoogleScholar –Website.
            Best to link through Internet Search Engines

To make Google Scholar connect to USA Libraries’ subscriptions, do the following:

  • Go to the library’s homepage at
  • Choose Internet Search Engines
  • Under General Search Engines, choose Google Scholar
  • You will be asked to login like you do for the library’s databases
  • When you get to Google Scholar, choose Scholar Preferences next to the Search box
  • In the Library Links box, type University of South Alabama
  • You should get five choices: University of South Alabama (Full Text@IngentaConnect),  University of South Alabama - Full-Text @ USA; Alabama Virtual Library - AONE Full Text @ AVL, Open WorldCat (Library Search); and University of South Alabama - USA eText.
  • Check the boxes in front of each one except Alabama Virtual Library and University of South Alabama - USA eText
  • Click Save Preferences

Citation Styles

Brief APA citation style at Bedford/St Martin Research and Documentation Online:
American Psychological Association.

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