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by Theresa Rhodes last modified Jun 07, 2016 04:48 AM

Theresa Rhodes is the Education Subject Librarian.  She provides research support for students enrolled in Education programs on both the major and minor level for classes offered on the Macon  campus.  She will be glad to answer your questions about research, instruction, or the library's collections. You can contact Theresa by phone or e-mail, or visit her in person at the Tarver Library.

Need help citing sources? If you're using APA style, check out the guide from OWL at Purdue for help formatting your citations. You can also bring your reference list to the Ask Jack desk, and a librarian will check your citations.

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Education Databases

Education Full Text
This database provides full text of articles from over 350 journals as far back as 1996, in addition to indexing of more than 770 periodicals dating back to 1983. Content includes in-depth coverage of special education and more than 100,000 controlled and cross-referenced names of educational tests. Subject coverage includes adult education, multicultural/ethnic education, teaching methods and much more.

The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) database provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education (CIJE) and Resources in Education Index (RIE). ERIC provides full text of digests along with references for additional information, citations, and abstracts from educational and education-related journals.

Dissertations and Theses Full Text (ProQuest)
This multidisciplinary database includes 2.7 million searchable citations to dissertations and theses from around the world from 1861 to the present day together with 1.2 million full text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format. The database offers full-text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works. Also available through this link is the option using the Advanced Search (selecting school name/code) to include and/or limit to doctoral dissertations and/or master’s theses produced by students at the Atlanta campus of Mercer University.

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD) provides reliable one search access to all important and relevant information about Pre K-12 media of all types, including reviews from respected publications for those professionals who work with Pre K-12 media. CLCD offers a variety of search options to help you find books by subject, age level, genre, and much more; Reading Measurement Programs (Lexile, AR, Scholastic Reading Counts); A Children’s Catalog (H. W. Wilson) recommended electronic resource. Curriculum Tools--which includes lesson plans, teaching guides, discussion guides, book trailers, and the like. Links to over 240,000 web pages featuring children's authors and illustrators; and links to additional information at WorldCat.

Research Library

This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for over 2,800 scholarly journals and general magazines as well as abstracts and indexing for over 4,000 publications from 1971 forward. A separate subject module is available for Religion. This collection includes more than 150 journals, most of them available in full-text; covers formal theological studies and commentary on topics of general interest from the perspectives of many religions; and titles from religious publishing bodies and nondenominational organizations.

Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print
This resource provides users with a comprehensive guide to over 2,000 contemporary testing instruments and serves as a comprehensive bibliography to all known commercially available tests that are currently in print in the English language. Designed for an audience ranging from novice test consumers to experienced professionals, the series contains information essential for a complete evaluation of test products.

This database provides access to complete back files of core journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. This database provides archives of 161 journals related to education including Journal of Higher Education with coverage back to 1930. The University Libraries subscribe to the Arts & Sciences I, II, III, IV, and VII, and Health & General Sciences.

JSTOR's agreement with publishers includes an updating provision referred to as a "moving wall," which is a fixed period of time ranging, in most cases, from 2 to 5 years, that defines the gap between the most recently published issue of any journal and the date of the most recent issue available in JSTOR. This database began to include some current content in 2011. The University Libraries are not yet subscribing to this current content. Tarver librarians created this tutorial and this guide to help students using this database.

Professional Development Collection
This database provides a specialized collection of journal articles and pamphlets especially for professional educators. It includes abstract and index coverage for 800 professional development titles and searchable full text for over 500 journals.

ARTstor Digital Library
This resource provides over 1.5 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. Please reference the Terms and Conditions for information on how to responsibly use the images in this collection.  This guide provides additional tips on navigating this resource.

Those working with discipline-specific programs should review the longer list of Subject Librarian pages for discipline-specific indexes.

Education Journals

You can also search by a specific journal title either in the library catalog or in the listing of e-journals.  This link takes you into the library catalog and displays all journal titles, including those that are no longer purchased.  You may find more success using the Full Text Finder link below.

Education journals in the Mercer Library Catalog

Education journals are available in full text through online databases. The broadest grouping is for Education.  Use the limits on the left-hand side of the screen to narrow your focus from this broadest grouping.

The following subject areas are available:

- Education (broadest grouping)
- Theory & Practice of Education
- Special Aspects of Education

Education (ProQuest) — Covers not only the literature on primary, secondary, and higher education but also special education, home schooling, adult education, and hundreds of related topics.

Provides access to over 790 top educational publications, including more than 615 of the titles in full text.  This database offers complete text and images from journals such as:

  • Childhood Education
  • College Teaching
  • Harvard Educational Review
  • Journal of Athletic Training
  • Educational Theory

Image articles include all the charts, tables, diagrams, and other graphical elements often used to enhance the editorial value of articles that focus on education topics.

ProQuest Education Journals covers not only the literature on primary, secondary, and higher education but also special education, home schooling, adult education, and hundreds of related topics.

Education Books

Search the library catalog to find books available in the Tarver (Macon), Swilley (Atlanta), and Regional Academic Center (Douglas County and Henry County) Libraries as well as electronic books. Before going to pull the item,  please check to make sure it is at your library.  If the item you need is at another location, view this guide on locating and requesting items.  Items not available in the Tarver Library can be requested from another library.

Education books available in the Tarver Library on the 3rd floor include these Library of Congress classification numbers:

  • L Education (General)
  • LA History of Education
  • LB Theory and Practice of Education
  • LC Special Education, Special Aspects of Education
  • LD - LG Individual Institutions
  • LH College and school magazines and papers
  • LJ Fraternities and Societies
  • LT Textbooks

See what's new in your subject area by viewing New Acquisitions.  If you don't see a title in the list or in the online catalog, suggest new or additional titles that the library should purchase.

Education Reference Sources in the Tarver Library

Dictionary of Education Terms Reference, LB 15 .G75 2010

Encyclopedia of Education Law
, Reference KF 4117 .E53 2008 (2 volumes)

Encyclopedia of American Education, Reference LB 17 .U54 2007 (3 volumes)

Elementary Education:  A Reference Handbook
LB 1555 N297 2005

Oxford Companion to Children's Literature, Reference PN 1008.5 .C37 2015

Useful Education Web Sites

Lexicon of Learning
Created by ASCD (formerly known as the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), this “Lexicon of Learning” offers definitions that may be more understandable to non-professional educators such as parents.

Almanac of Higher Education
Published annually by the Chronicle of Higher Education, this source gathers an assortment of key data about the most important trends in higher education.  Not all of the information is publicly available, since it is available as premium content for subscribers.

Nation's Report Card
This is the place to find the official results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), including state profiles and sample questions; create custom tables and graphs of NAEP results.

Early Childhood News
Described as "your online resource for Teachers and Parents of children, from infants to age 8 years," this site includes articles about child development, developmentally appropriate practices, health and safety, behavior and guidance, assessment, and much more.  Also included are ideas for activities, arts and crafts, curriculum; links to latest topics in early childhood education discussed on the ECN Radio; and may subscribe to Earlychildhood NEWSlink, a free newsletter.

Scholastic Early Childhood Today
Sponsored by Scholastic, this online version replaces the former print magazine with a more expansive presence online in order to better service early childhood professionals. The website offers free access to their incredible archive filled with over 22 years of rich early childhood information from among the top experts in the field.

Child Care and Early Education Research Connections
Users can quickly search the full text of thousands of resources relevant to the field of childcare and early education. Interactive tools allow users to refine their searches, download full text documents, build customized tables on state policies, compare state demographics, and analyze research data online.   The “Datasets” tab near the top to find data and reports on many issues related to childcare and early education.

What Works Clearinghouse
As an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) was created in 2002 to be a central and trusted source of scientific evidence for what works in education.  This source gathers and reviews studies of the effectiveness of educational interventions (programs, products, practices, and policies) and is designed to replace some ERIC clearinghouses.

Georgia Standards of Learning
Includes Standards of Learning (SOLs) for all subjects and grade levels from the Georgia Department of Education.  The goal of this web site is"... to provide a dynamic, interactive online resource that will enhance and support teaching and learning in Georgia with the Georgia Performance Standards as the main focus."

This new site allows users to search for keywords, author, and title simultaneously in the search book as well as a search for single terms.  Display of findings is new and was designed to enhance clarity and to facilitate narrowing of search results. 

Data and Statistics:

The National Center for Education Statistics
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education. Use the tabs near the top to find publications and products, surveys and programs, data tools, tables and figures, fast facts, and more.  For example, The Condition of Education ( summarizes important development and trends in education using the latest available data.  The report presents 49 indicators on the status and condition of education, takes a closer look at high schools in the US over the past twenty years, and represents a consensus of professional judgment on the most significant national measures of the condition and progress of education where accurate data are available.  Options for downloading online versions, including Kindle, iPad, and Nook, as well as PDF are provided.

NCES Common Core of Data
The Common Core of Data (CCD) is a program of the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics that annually collects fiscal and non-fiscal data about all public schools, public school districts and state education agencies in the United States. The data are supplied by state education agency officials and include information that describes schools and school districts, including name, address, and phone number; descriptive information about students and staff, including demographics; and fiscal data, including revenues and current expenditures.

Digest of Education Statistics
The primary purpose of the Digest of Education Statistics is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from prekindergarten through graduate school. The Digest includes a selection of data from many sources, both government and private, and draws especially on the results of surveys and activities carried out by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Section
Established as the core postsecondary education data collection program for NCES, IPEDS is a system of surveys designed to collect data from all primary providers of postsecondary education. IPEDS is a single, comprehensive system designed to encompass all institutions and educational organizations whose primary purpose is to provide postsecondary education. The IPEDS system is built around a series of interrelated surveys to collect institution-level data in such areas as enrollments, program completions, faculty, staff, finances, and academic libraries.

Educational Attainment in the United States in 2010
Compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau, this source includes tables on 1) "Educational Attainment of the Population 18 Years and Over, by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin," 2) "Educational Attainment of the Population 25 Years and Over, by Selected Characteristics: 2010," and 3) "Detailed Years of School Completed by People 25 Years and Over by Sex, Age Groups, Race and Hispanic Origin: 2010."  There is a tab in the top right corner that directs users to "Subjects A to Z," to data tables on hundreds of other subjects.

Kids Count Data Center
Sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation sponsors this resource, the Data Center enables users to investigate hundreds of measures of well-being for kids across the nation, or in any state, city, or community. Users can create customized maps, graphs, and charts.

Lesson Plans

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
A federally sponsored site with more than 1,500 teaching and learning resources in a variety of subjects. Resources are searchable and well maintained.

Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything
Categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated often to include the best sites for teaching and learning.  Major categories include Subject Areas, Teacher Helpers, and Search Tools.  The site also includes an alphabetic index and site map.

This site provides access to thousands of online learning tools, games and tutorials. Covers all education levels and subjects including Arts, Business, Education, Humanities, Mathematics and Statistics, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences.

Sponsored by the Verizon Foundation, this is an online platform for accessing of thousands of lesson plans, educational resources, interactive games and other materials.

Provided by the Library of Congress, this site offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching.  There is also a link to find classroom materials arranged by state, grade, and subject that meet state standards.

PBS Learning Media
Sponsored by Public Broadcasting System, this site includes a wide variety of curriculum resources based on national educational standards.

Read, Write, Think
Sponsored by the International Reading Association, this site includes lesson plans and standards.

Course-Specific Resources

EDUC 334:  Literature and Language Arts (McNeese, Fall 2015)
EDUC 333:  Curriculum Based Assessment (McNeese, Fall 2015)
EDCI 811:  Quantitative Research Methodology  (McNeese, Fall 2015)
EDCI 813:  Advanced Inferential Statistics  (McNeese, Fall 2015)
EDCI 809:  Doctoral Seminar:  Scholarly Writing (Augustine, Summer 2015)
EDUC 695:  Educational Research for School Leaders (Issac, Fall 2014)

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