Education: A Research Guide

Students seeking information on the latest teaching techniques or support of curriculum development will find a great starting point for their research using the materials listed below. Information such as educational concepts, special education, trends, and issues in education are readily available to educators and students. The terms and phrases listed in the subject headings below can be used to search for more materials in the library’s catalog and research databases. If you need further assistance, please ask a librarian.

Reference Books

Biographical Dictionary of Modern American Educators edited by Frederik Ohles, Shirley M. Ohles, and John G. Ramsay. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997. ISBN: 0313291330.

Biographical sketches are listed in alphabetical order by last names of subjects. Includes a list of acronyms/abbreviations, a combined name and subject index, and appendixes.

Call Number: LA 2311 .O55 1997

The Cyclopedic Education Dictionary edited by Carol S. Spafford, Augustus J. Itzo Pesce, and George S. Grosser. Albany, NY: Delmar, 1998. ISBN: 0827384750.

A concise dictionary that provides researchers with valuable educational terms, concepts, issues, and strategies.

The Dictionary of Educational Terms edited by David Blake and Vincent Hanley. Brookfield, VT: Arena, 1995. ISBN: 1857422570.

Arranged alphabetically, this dictionary contains entries covering basic educational terms. Included also is a useful list of acronyms.

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Education, A Guide to Reference and Information Sources by Nancy P. O’Brien and Lois Buttlar. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 1989. ISBN: 1563086263.

Fourteen chapters, each based on a broad subject category, such as educational administration and management, educational psychology, and special education, cover various types of reference materials and journals.

Call Number: Z 5811 .B89 

Education Index. New York: H. W. Wilson, 1929– . Annual with monthly updates. ISSN: 00131385.

Primarily a periodical index, it draws from more than 400 English language journals, including some not indexed elsewhere. Following the main body is a separate listing of book reviews.

Call Number: Z 5813 .E23

Educational Media and Technology Yearbook. Littleton, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 1985– . Annual. ISSN: 87552094.

Focuses on trends and issues; school library and media, North American organizations and associations, graduate programs, and mediagraphy—print and nonprint sources.

Call Number: LB 1028.3 .E372

Encyclopedia of American Education, 2nd ed. edited by Harlow G. Unger. 3 vols. New York: Facts On File, 2001. ISBN: 0816043442.

Illustrated with many photos, all entries include at least one bibliographic reference.

Call Number: LB 17 .U54 2001


Handbook of Research on Teaching, 4th ed. edited by Virginia Richardson. Washington, DC: American Educational Research Association, 2001. ISBN: 0935302263

Consists of signed articles. Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

Call Number: LB 1028 .H315 2001

Web Sites

The Educator’s Reference Desk

Provides links to useful Web sites with information about citation styles, links to directories, government resources, law, intellectual freedom, libraries, mass media, school rankings, and statistics.

ERIC Database

Provides access to resources in education through citations from 1966 through April 2004 and ERIC Journal citations from 1966 through March 2004. Full-text materials can be obtained through a fee-based service or from a library that maintains a collection of ERIC documents.

ERIC Digests

Contains short reports on topics of current interest in education.

National Center for Education Statistics

Federal agency that collects and analyzes data related to education in the United States and other countries.

Subject Headings

•     education

•     educational technology

•     instructional materials

•     teaching materials