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ERIC: ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is the world's largest source of education information, containing more than 1 million abstracts of education-related documents and journal articles. This is the KEY database in the field.

More Resources

  • For Quick Access to Full Text Articles
    • Education Full Text: another major database for education related journal articles; mostly full text.
    • Education Research Complete: Index of articles on all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties.
    • JStor: a multidisciplinary database of full text articles from scholarly sources.
    • Project Muse: another multidisciplinary database of full text articles from scholarly sources.
    • Academic Search Complete: a general database of mostly full text articles from both scholarly and popular sources.

Encyclopedias

If you are unfamiliar with a topic and need some overview or introductory sources, you could find reference works such as encyclopedias helpful. Don't over-rely on this type of sources though. They are meant to be springboard for more in-depth research.

Online Teaching Resources

  • Annenberg Media Learner.org: Teacher resources and teacher professional development programming across the curriculum. Sign up is required for first-time users.
  • Education World: The Educator's Best Friend: Includes original content such as lesson plans, practical information for educators, information on how to integrate technology in the classroom, and much more.
  • Eduhound:A directory of resources for K-12 education. The site is organized into 60 categories of educational resources. Users can browse resources by choosing a category or an alphabetical list of keywords.
  • Lesson Plans Library (Discovery Education): Links to hundreds of original lesson plans, all written by teachers for teachers. Use the pull-down menus below to browse by subject, grade, or both.
  • PBS Teachers: Website with links to preK-12 educational resources including lesson plans, teaching activities, on-demand video assets, and interactive games and simulations.

Government Information

  • U.S. Department of Education: ED was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. ED's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

Statistics/Data

  • National Center for Education Statistics: The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), located within the US Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences, is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

Cite Your Sources

Always document your sources carefully throughout the entire research and writing process. Check your Writers Manual or our library Citing Sources page for appropriate ways to document your sources in different styles.

Professional Organizations

  • American Federation of Teachers: The American Federation of Teachers was founded in 1916 to represent the economic, social and professional interests classroom teachers. It is an affiliated international union of the AFL-CIO.
  • National Education Association: The National Education Association is an organization dedicated to advancing the cause of public education in America. While the membership of the NEA is comprised of anyone who works for a public district, a college or university, or any other public institution devoted primarily to education, this site has much information for parents and communities interested in improving America's public schools.

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