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EDUCATION

TC Garland Library's Subscription Research Databases and the World Wide Web offer a large number of valuable resources to educators teaching K-12 through post graduate school. We have gathered some of these here, together with resources of interest to those working with children in general. For books and other materials (print and electronic books) in the Garland  Library collection, be sure to check our catalog.

EDUCATION DATABASES

FREE EDUCATION LINKS

EDUCATION DATABASES

These databases are the same as those found on the main "Research Databases" page but are grouped here to allow "one-stop" shopping for all interested in Education topics.

Specifically for Education Majors:

ERIC,
the Educational Resources Information Center,  is THE database for full text access to educational documents (dissertations, theses etc) from 1993-present.  Also contains abstracts of  articles found in major education journals and abstracts of education documents published from 1966-2000 and housed in the TC Garland Library's microfiche collection.  For assistance in retrieving ERIC documents on microfiche,  ASK a library staff member.
Educator's Reference Complete from Gale Infotrac "
is a selection of more than 450 full-text academic journals, hundreds of full-text reports, and many premier reference sources. Included content focuses on educational principles, child development and psychology, and best practices in education. Majority of the full-text titles included are also found in the ERIC database. The database is updated daily and provides 24-hour access from school or home."
LEXIS NEXIS ACADEMIC UNIVERSE a great database to locate full text of court cases related to Education both state and federal.  Choose Legal to search for the text of cases.
PROFESSIONAL COLLECTION, again a TEL resource via Infotrac I, allows degreed and student teachers access to a large collection of full-text professional education titles, including full-text journal articles.

PROQUEST EDUCATION JOURNALS
offers complete information on hundreds of educational topics, drawing full-text articles from over 260 leading education journals for the period since 1988.
PsycARTICLES
, and Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection from EBSCO are good resources that contain access to peer reviewed journal articles from   the American Psychological Association and allied organizations. Many of these have to do with Ed Psych and related topics.
Books and  Authors  A great database on Infotrac that can be helpful in locating children's literature in a variety of genres, age groups and with a variety of themes. Also has listed the Caldecott and Newberry Award winners.  Book reviews galore!

Research Databases for Elementary and Secondary School Students (Also see Curriculum Resources)

Infotrac I Junior Edition K12  "This periodical database is designed for students in junior high and middle school, with magazines, newspapers and reference books (most are full-text) for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more. "

Infotrac I Student Edition "
this database is designed for high school students, with access to a variety of indexed and full-text magazines, newspapers and reference books for information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more. "

Kids Infobits
"meets the research needs of students in Kindergarten through Grade 5. It features a developmentally appropriate, visually graphic interface, a subject-based topic tree search and full-text, age-appropriate, curriculum-related magazine, newspaper and reference content for information on current events, the arts, science, health, people, government, history, sports and more."

World Book Encyclopedia Online  The standard go to resource for elementary, middle and high school students.  According to a press release from the Tennessee Dept. of State,World Book offers the most well-known encyclopedias ever published. Now everyone in Tennessee has a virtual set, thanks to the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL).Through the TEL web site, Tennesseans can access all the reference products available from World Book, including a Spanish language edition.  The online product is an expanded version of World Book’s print encyclopedias. Without the space constraints of the printed page, World Book has added more pictures, sound clips and more up-to-date information online.Developed with education experts, World Book includes narrated stories, interactive educational games and printable activities perfect for rainy days. There are also games and activities for beginning readers in the “Early World of Learning” section.  Also includes access to electronic books in American, British and other world  literature.
 

Other General Databases proven helpful:

GALE VIRTUAL REFERENCE I Reference books only available in the Reference section of the library, now availalbe electronically via Infotrac I.  Includes Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America, Beacham's Guide to the Endangered Species of North America and several other valuable resources. 
GALE VIRTUAL REFERENCE
II contains full text access to major Gale reference works including The Encyclopedia of Education, Child Development and Countries and their Cultures
CUSTOM NEWSPAPERS
, from Infotrac , provides up-to-date full-text information on education topics in the news from 100 national and international newspapers.
 
Ebrary   another electronic book database with over 30,000 e-books available on a variety of topics.  Includes a number of current education related materials that are also accessible  via records in  the Online catalog.   
EXPANDED ACADEMIC INDEX ASAP, from the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) is  part of Infotrac I on the main Research Databases page, and provides full-text entry into academic journals in a variety of areas, including education. INFOTRAC ONEFILE, also from TEL in Infotrac I, includes full-text citations to journals as well as popular magazines that are not as academic as those in Expanded Academic.
JSTOR
(Journal Storage) archived back to 1851 for many titles this resource contains full-text articles in the area of Higher Education. There is a "rolling wall" of currency, meaning titles more recent than three to five years old must be found in one of the other databases above.

EbSCOhost eBooks is a repository of full-text electronic books, including many recent education titles. You may access these, either via or through the Online Catalog using the TC username and password..  For more information, Click here.
 NEW!  World Book Encyclopedia Online  The standard go to resource for elementary, middle and high school students.  According to a press release from the Tennessee Dept. of State,World Book offers the most well-known encyclopedias ever published. Now everyone in Tennessee has a virtual set, thanks to the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL).Through the TEL web site, Tennesseans can access all the reference products available from World Book, including a Spanish language edition.  The online product is an expanded version of World Book’s print encyclopedias. Without the space constraints of the printed page, World Book has added more pictures, sound clips and more up-to-date information online.Developed with education experts, World Book includes narrated stories, interactive educational games and printable activities perfect for rainy days. There are also games and activities for beginning readers in the “Early World of Learning” section.  Also includes access to electronic books in American, British and other world  literature.

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    FREE EDUCATION LINKS: A CLASSIFIED LIBRARY

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Children's Literature

Education Law

Masters/Doctoral Papers

Curriculum Resources/ESL

Education Search Engines

Newspaper Resources

Distance, Adult Education & HRD

ERIC Resources

Organizations

Education Reference

Government Resources

Special Education

Educational Research and Assessment

Home schooling

Technology & Teaching

EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH and ASSESSMENT

Wisconsin Center for Education Research "The Wisconsin Center for Education Research is one of the oldest, largest, and most productive education research centers in the world. A part of the University of Wisconsin–Madison's School of Education, WCER provides a productive environment where some of the country's leading scholars conduct basic and applied education research. The WCER roster includes research centers and projects that are currently investigating a variety of topics in education."

School Matters  
Standard and Poor's created School Evaluation Services in response to an expressed need by the education community for an impartial, transparent analysis of the nation's educational data. The webservice covers the following objectives a outlined on their website:
" SchoolMatters gives policymakers, educators, and parents the tools they need to make better-informed decisions that improve student performance. SchoolMatters will educate, empower, and engage education stakeholders. The information and analysis will educate Americans about how schools and school districts are performing and help them understand the complex relationships between achievement and investment. SchoolMatters will empower educators and policymakers, giving them easy access to the information they need to craft strong education policies. Finally, SchoolMatters will engage the public in a widespread movement to improve our nation's school systems. For the first time, parents and the general public will have instant access to a wide range of data on local schools and schools districts, enabling them to make informed decisions, ranging from policies they advocate to the schools their children attend. " 

The Youth Voice Project   "This study is the first known large-scale research project that solicits students’ perceptions about strategy effectiveness to reduce peer mistreatment in our schools. We believe that students’ voices are an invaluable resource to increase our understanding of effective prevention and intervention efforts.The goal of this project is to compile a body of knowledge describing the most helpful interventions in order to help adults and youth reduce bullying and harassment in their own schools. It is our hope to use this information to guide educators, parents, and youth in applying effective interventions to reduce bullying and subsequently, optimize students’ development."

MASTERS/DOCTORAL PAPERS

 UMI/Proquest Digital Dissertations, is an excellent source to review the first 24 pages of UMI dissertations published after 1996.   You have the option of purchasing the entire dissertation in paper or digital form.  Also, the University of Virginia has a directory and short abstracts of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) in the Humanities that are currently in progress or have been recently completed.  

ERIC  RESOURCES:

ERIC, the Educational Resources Information Center index of citations and abstracts as well as full text documents from 1993-present  is available free through the Dept. Of Education.

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EDUCATION REFERENCE
 

Education Index,  is not the Wilson periodical guide, but a searchable lists of 60 topics.

FindArticles.com is an index to full-text magazines (including education titles)  which appear on the web (including a few not covered by the subscription databases noted above), and is, surprisingly, overlooked on the links pages of most libraries . Not to be taken lightly, it is recommended.

GEM: Gateway to Educational Materials "
The Gateway to Educational MaterialsSM is a Consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites."

INGENTA,  is a bibliographic and database service (formerly known as Carl Uncover) which allows users to review its database of 5 million plus periodical articles. Users may purchase articles from Carl or obtain them via traditional on site or interlibrary loan requests.

Library in the Sky
 Maintained by Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, this is a database of interesting and useful educational Web sites for those involved in education. Find the information you want through the Search, User Tabs, by Department, or Materials.  It is organized by topics, materials and audience.

Peterson's Education Resource Center  is from the exciting distance learning support service, Blackboard,  and offers links to many full-text articles, educational content, and other information. Click on the discipline desired and employ the search engine provided.

School Psychology Resources Online  allows you to research learning disabilities, ADHD, functional behavioral assessment, autism, adolescence, parenting, psychological assessment, special education, mental retardation, mental health, and other topics.

EDUCATION LAW

Findlaw

NEWSPAPER RESOURCES: In addition to the Custom Newspapers Fulltext Database

Education Week on the Web, is an excellent educational newspaper with a full archive of past issues.
NIEOnline  Newspapers in Education, a service which provides newspapers with educational  information AND educators with educational information drawn from newspapers. Be careful--backing out can be a problem. Opinion-Pages, provides access to a variety of current editorials, letters to the editor, columns, and commentaries from small, mid-sized, and some metropolitan daily and weekly newspapers from the US, Canada, and a few other countries; many contributions relate to education.                                                                                                     
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GOVERNMENT RESOURCES and STATISTICS:

Tennessee No Child Left Behind
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information (NCCANCH) "was established in 1974 by the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to collect, organize, and disseminate information on all aspects of child maltreatment. The legislation that established a national clearinghouse for information relating to child abuse is available online."
NCES (National Center for Education Statistics) Search Engine, allows you to locate all kinds of educational statistics.
U.S. Department of Education or its handy search page, Topics A-Z.
National Science Foundation Division of Science Resources Statistics provides data profiles on the state of math and science public education in the United States.
The Institute of Education Sciences reflects the intent of the President and Congress to advance the field of education research, making it more rigorous in support of evidence-based education. The Institute consists of the National Center for Education Research, the National Center for Education Statistics, and the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance.
Regional Educational Laboratories Network (REL)
The network of 10 Regional Educational Laboratories, serving geographic regions that span the nation, works to ensure that those involved in educational improvement at the local, state, and regional levels have access to the best available information from research and practice.
Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD) is intended to help you identify and contact organizations that provide information and assistance on a broad range of education-related topics.

CURRICULUM RESOURCES:

 Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum " originally developed and launched by Genentech Inc., and in 1999 joined the National Health Museum, a non-profit organization founded by former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop as a national center for health education. Access Excellence will form the core of the educational component of the National Health Museum Website..." A good resource for curriculum materials and teaching ideas for science and health educators K-12. 
BlueWeb'n is an online library of 1700+ outstanding Internet sites categorized by subject, grade level, and format (lessons, activities, projects, resources, references, & tools). You can search by grade level (Refined Search), broad subject area (Content Areas), or specific sub-categories (Subject Area). Each week 5 new sites are added.
Digital Education Network

 

NEW!  Great Websites for Kids "is a compilation of exemplary websites geared to children from birth to age 14. Suggested sites are evaluated by the Great Websites for Kids Committee using established selection criteria. The committee is made up of members of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.  Newly evaluated and accepted sites are added to the database three times a year. The committee also reviews all sites within the database twice a year to guarantee sites are still relevant, appropriate and accessible."

Library in the Sky  Maintained by Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, this is a database of interesting and useful educational Web sites for those involved in education. Find the information you want through the Search, User Tabs, by Department, or Materials.  It is organized by topics, materials and audience.
  Kids.gov  Website designed by US Government with links to agency sites designed for kids as well as parents and teachers from learning tools like games to assistance with subject research from sites like NASA and the Library of Congress.

Lesson Plans Library allows you to find hundreds of original lesson plans, all written by teachers for teachers. Use the pull-down menus to browse by subject, grade, or both
NEW!  MERLOT "is a free and open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty, staff and students of higher education from around the world to share their learning materials and pedagogy.   MERLOT is a leading edge, user-centered, collection of peer reviewed higher education, online learning materials, catalogued by registered members and a set of faculty development support services."
NEW! Open Culture "Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It’s all free. It’s all enriching. But it’s also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high quality content whenever and wherever you want it. Free audio books, free online courses, free movies, free language lessons, free ebooks and other enriching content"
Scholastic  Lesson plans, teaching strategies from the  children's literature publisher.
Study Guides and Strategies, is designed to help students in and out of the classroom
TeAchnology: The Artand Science of Teaching with Technology Access to thousands of lesson plans, curriculum guides, rubrics for teachers. 
TeachersNet,a forum for threaded discussions on educational topics
Teaching and Learning on the Internet, links to over 640 "how to" sites
NEW!  TEL Lesson Plans   Provided by the Tennessee State Library and Archives in collaboration with teachers from around the state this is a great collection of lesson plans incorporating theGale Infotrac Database and other TEL resources and following the Tennessee Curriculum Standards.   Highly Recommended for student teachers and educators in K-12.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)

ESL Base for teachers and employers includes job listings around the world and courses for those interested in teaching. (British based).
ESL Resource Center Exercises for teachers and students who are learning the English Language.
On-Line Directory of ESL  Organizations and Association Resources--Type in a search on the page provided or specify location. 
Using English is a general English language site, specialising in ESL. (British Based) and contains a variety of resources for teaching.

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE:

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site is a collection of reviews of great books for kids, ideas of ways to use them in the classroom and collections of books and activities about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and  professional topics.
Children's Literature Web Guide
Children's Storybooks Online
KidLink and Kid's Web are both valuable...
National Geographic for Kids


RESEARCH GUIDES in addition to the guide provided here on the TC Library website

Education Review, a Journal of Book Reviews Reviews of recent books in education and social sciences.  Access is free and open to all. 
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators  Sponsored by Discoveryschool.com a comprehensive and well known site useful for curriculum and professional growth in the areas of technology and instruction.
Internet Public Library Education Links

SEARCH ENGINES

EDUHOUND Specific to educational resources on the web,  it tends to be advertising heavy and slow to load but contains some good links by topic.
SEARCH.EDU limited to searching for web content under the .edu domain.  Uses Google as a basis.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

 All Kinds of Minds  "All Kinds of Minds has developed a variety of programs to help parents, educators, clinicians, and kids understand and manage learning issues. All are based on a neurodevelopmental approach to learning and a search for recurring themes in a student’s learning and performance, themes upon which we can build an individualized management plan."
Blindness Resource Center  This annotated directory includes links to websites containing information on access, braille, deaf-blindness, eye conditions, low vision, organizations, research, and more. From the New York Institute for Special Education.
Connects: Learning Disabilities Portal "This website is designed for anyone with an interest in learning disabilities. It enables thousands of members to share news items and information about events, websites and organisations."
 Disability Info  Government site offers information on educational programs and resources available throughout the federal government, including Individualized Education Programs; college opportunities; school-to-work transition and tools for educators.
National Center for Learning Disabilities
"NCLD provides essential information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning, and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities."
National Dissemination Center  for Children with Disabilities
  "... a central source of information on: disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth, IDEA, which is the law authorizing special education, No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities), and research-based information on effective educational practices."
The Special Ed Advocate - Special Education Law  This site, by a special education attorney, provides parents, educators, and attorneys with advocacy information and special education law for children with disabilities. It provides the texts of case laws, statutes, and federal regulations, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Also includes an online bulletin board and free online newsletter (archived on the site). The author's books and consultations are for sale on site.

Classroom Management

TECHNOLOGY & TEACHING

From now on :the educational technology journal This publication highlights uses of technology in the classroom.
Electric Teacher "This site is designed to help teachers in their quest for learning how to use technology effectively in their classrooms..."
Learning Science Non profit that provides innovative ideas and examples of using technology or "learning tools"  in teaching science. Organizational site bases its content on the National Science Education Standards.
Teach-nology "offers a wide variety of resources intended to bring educators into the world of teaching with technology."

ORGANIZATIONS:

National Education Association
National PTA
The Education Alliance at Brown University  
We help schools and school districts provide equitable opportunities for all students to succeed. We apply research findings and develop solutions to problems in such areas as school change, secondary school restructuring, professional development, first and second language acquisition, educational leadership, and cultural and linguistic diversity.

HIGHER EDUCATION, DISTANCE, ADULT EDUCATION and HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT:

American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) "is the world’s largest association dedicated to workplace learning and performance professionals. ASTD has widened the profession’s focus to link learning and performance to individual and organizational results, and is a sought-after voice on critical public policy issues."
ASTD Smoky Mountain Chapter

ASTD Chattanooga Chapter
ASTD East Tennessee Chapter 
Dr. Allen's Web Space Dr. Jeff Allen's recommended reading list of HRD related publications.
Performance, Learning, Leadership, and Knowledge a flowchart of links to information on HRD.
Always Improving Performance: Human Performance Technology Links Links provided by Bill Lowthert

Distance-Educator.Com...
Distance Education Clearinghouse...
Literacy.org covers adult literacy and learning...
NEW!  MERLOT "is a free and open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty, staff and students of higher education from around the world to share their learning materials and pedagogy.   MERLOT is a leading edge, user-centered, collection of peer reviewed higher education, online learning materials, catalogued by registered members and a set of faculty development support services."


TENNESSEE

Tennessee Educational Association
Tennessee Educational Technology Association
Tennessee Department of Education
Maryville College Lamar Alexander Internet Resources for Education

HOMESCHOOLING:

Home School World
Jon's Home school Resource Page

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