EDPD 6303 (Dr. Ray): Education Research
The purpose of this guide is to introduce you to sources in Cornette Library and on the World Wide Web useful for doing research on education topics. The list of sources here is not comprehensive but will lead you into your research. As you use these, explore others you find along the way. Ask at the Reference, Periodicals, and Government Documents Desks if you need assistance.
Gathering background information on a topic is often important before starting your research. Cornette Library's Reference collection is a good place to do this. You'll find dictionaries, encyclopedias, statistics, almanacs, handbooks, directories, and other basic information sources here. These provide brief factual information. Reference books can not be checked out, but you may make photocopies. Reference is located on the first floor of Cornette Library.
- Encyclopedia of American Education
- LB 17 .U54 1996 Ref.
- Encyclopedia of Educational Research
- LB 15 .E48 1992 Ref.
- Dictionary of Multicultural Education
- LC 1099 .D53 1997 Ref.
- The Literacy Dictionary: The Vocabulary of Reading and Writing
- LB 1049.98 .L58 1995 Ref.
- The Europa World of Learning 2006
- AS 2 .W6 2006 Ref. (Reference Desk)
Special Education & Learning Disabilities
- Encyclopedia of Special Education
- LC 4007 .E53 2007 Ref.
- Learning Disabilities Sourcebook
- LC 4705 .L434 1998 Ref.
- The Complete Learning Disabilities Directory - 1997
- LC 4704.6 .C65 1997 Ref.
- Mental Measurements Yearbook (Buros)
- Z 5814 .P8 B932 Ref.
- Tests: A Comprehensive Reference for Assessments in Psychology, Education, and Business
- BF 176 .T43 2008 Ref.
- Test Critiques
- BF 176 .T419 Ref.
- Special Educator's Complete Guide to 109 Diagnostic Tests
- LC 4019 .P53 1998 Ref.
Psychology & Sociology
- Encyclopedia of Psychology
- BF 31 .E52 2000 Ref.
- Encyclopedia of Sociology
- HM 425 .E5 2000 Ref.
- Statistical Abstract of the United States
- HA 202 .A2 Ref. (Reference Desk - earlier editions in Reference stacks)
- Also available online.
- Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970
- HA 202 A385 1975 Ref.
- Also available in two parts Part I and Part II online.
- Black's Law Dictionary
- KF 156 .B53 1999 Ref.
- Education and the Law: A Dictionary
- KF 4117 .T39 1996 Ref.
- Deskbook Encyclopedia of American School Law
- LB 2514 .D47 2000 Ref.
- Introduction to United States Government Information Sources
- J 83 .M674 1996 Ref.
- Also available online.
- Dictionary of Government
- JA 61 .D53 1998 Ref.
- Government Agencies
- JK 421 .G65 1983 Ref. (Reference Desk)
- The United States Government Manual
- JK 421 .A3 Ref. (Reference Desk)
- Also available online.
- Texas State Directory
- JK 4830 .T4 Ref. (Reference Desk)
- Texas Almanac
- AY 311 .D3 T5 Ref. (Reference Desk)
- Selected information available online.
Cornette Library provides access to a number of electronic databases for finding journal articles. Some provide the full text of articles, while others may give only the citation and in some cases an abstract or short summary of the article. Some of these databases are general in nature, covering many subject areas. Others focus on particular subjects like education. When you find articles, evaluate them to make sure you are getting valid information. If you need assistance with searching the resources listed below, ask at the Reference Desk (first floor) or the Periodicals Desk (second floor). You may also call the Reference Desk at 651-2215 during the hours Cornette Library is open or use our Ask a Librarian service.
All of our online resources are available from off-campus as well as in the library. You will be asked to login: use your Buff Advisor username (for example, js123456) and your Buff Advisor password (for example, buffaloes).
While many of our online resources include the full-text of the journal articles they index, many others only include citations. To find the full-text of an article when you only have the citation, browse our list of online journals and search Cornette Library's online catalog by journal title to determine if the issue you need is available in the Library's Periodicals collection. Journals are shelved alphabetically by title in the bound, microfilm, microfiche, or current periodicals areas on the Library's second floor. If the Library does not have the journal issue you need, you can request the article through Interlibrary Loan.
- ERIC (EBSCO)
- Educational index of research documents, journal articles, technical reports, program descriptions and evaluations, and curricular materials. Access to some full-text of journal articles. Available through EBSCO.
- ERIC - (U.S. Department of Education)
- Educational index of research documents, journal articles, technical reports, program descriptions and evaluations, and curricular materials. Formerly known as AskERIC.
- Behavioral sciences database containing fulltext and abstracts for journals, books, and book chapters. International coverage for psychology, medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education and pharmacology.
Cornette Library collects both U.S. federal and Texas state documents. These documents contain a wealth of information on a variety of topics including education. Listed below are several places you may look for government information. For additional assistance, check with the Government Documents staff on the Library's second floor.
Government Information in Cornette Library
- Finding Government Documents - guide to finding federal and Texas state documents in Cornette Library
- Cornette Library's online catalog - search for federal (post 1995) and Texas state documents in the Library
- GPO Monthly Catalog - online database of federal government publications
- LexisNexis Statistical - online database for federal government statistics
Government Information Online
- Government Information - Cornette Library's Web page for access to federal and Texas government information on the Web
- Statistics on Education - links to education statistics on the Web
- Texas Education Agency (TEA) - lots of information on public education in Texas
- U.S. Department of Education - lots of information on education in the United States
- Cornette Library's online catalog
- Includes books, government documents, videos, journals, etc. available throughout the Library. Suggested searches include:
- a keyword search for your subject, such as diversity education
- the general LC subject heading multicultural education
- the LC subject heading for a specific time and place such as Multicultural education -- Study and teaching -- United States.
To determine the most appropriate subject headings for your search, refer to the red Library of Congress Subject Headings near the Reference computers in the Library or search the online Library of Congress Authorities Catalog.
- An online catalog for libraries around the world. You'll find books in Cornette Library's collection listed along with many more in other libraries. Search by keyword or browse by subject heading. You may request those books which are not available in the Cornette Library through Interlibrary Loan. Be sure to submit your requests at least two weeks before you will need them.
Finding reliable information on the Web can be problematic. The key is to evaluate what you find. To help you with this, start your search with one of the databases below since they carefully select sites before listing them.
- FAQ/Finding Information About Psychological Tests
- An information page from the American Psychological Association on where to find published and unpublished psychological tests.
- Buros Institute: Test Reviews Online
- From the Buros Institute of Mental Measurements. Keyword search capability for tests. For each test information includes test name, author, purpose, publisher, availability, and in which edition of the Mental Measurements Yearbook it is reviewed. Serves as an index to the Mental Measurements Yearbook.
- RePORT (Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools)
- A biomedical database system containing information on research projects and programs supported by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. Replaced CRISP (Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects)
- Educational Testing Service (ETS) Test Collection
- An extensive database of 25,000 tests and other measurement devices from the early 1900s to the present covering mainly achievement and proficiency exams.
- Wisconsin Center for Education Research
- Located at the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the research center is home to research in a number of areas of education. Links to brief project reports and to publications of the much longer reports.
Why must I cite the sources I use for research projects?
- To give credit to the author of the information you use.
- To avoid plagiarism (WTAMU Code of Student Life, Appendix III, pp. 14-16). Plagiarism is a serious offense that can result in a failing grade or worse!
- So that others can verify the information.
- To assist others in doing their own research.
A copy of the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is kept at the Reference Desk. Additional assistance with citing electronic publications is available from the APA online site, which is accessible from Cornette Library's Citation Basics page.
There's always room for improvement!
If you have suggestions for improvements or would like to comment on something you found especially useful about this course guide, please email Linda Chenoweth. Your comments and suggestions are appreciated.