Resources by Subject Education

Reference Sources (Background)
Locating Books
Locating Articles And More (Databases & Indexes)
Film, Video, and Image Collections
Lesson Plans and Teaching Materials
Web Guides for Kids
General Web Guides
Fun Science Sites for Kids
Children's Literature

Evaluating Sources
Citing Sources

Education Demographics

Research Guide for Education

Reference Sources (Background)

Credo Reference (full text; current)
Over 500 reference books and sets from several publishers covering all subject areas.

Oxford Reference Online - Social Sciences (full text; current)
Search social science-related dictionaries and reference books published by Oxford University Press.

Encyclopedia of American Education
REF LB17 .U54 2007
Entries cover virtually all aspects of education, including people, methods, institutions, and even court cases.

Encyclopedia of Education
REF LB15 .E47 2003
Signed articles include bibliographies, and in some cases internet resources.

Philosophy of Education: An Encyclopedia
Entries each include a bibliography.
REF LB17 .P485 1996

World Education Encyclopedia
REF LB15 .W87 1988
Extensive entries are arranged alphabetically by country, with a glossary and bibliography at the end of each article.

Locating Books

The Library of Congress Classification for education is L.

L Education (General)
LA History of Education
LB Theory and Practice
LC Special Aspects
LC 8 - LC 59 Forms of Education
LC 65 - LC 245 Social Aspects of Education
LC 251 - LC 951 Moral and Religious Education
LC 980 - LC 1099.5 Types of Education
LD Individual institutions (United States)
LD 4701 .R4xx Randolph-Macon College
LE Individual institutions (Americas except the U.S.)
LF Individual institutions (Europe and Eurasia)
LG Individual institutions (Asia, Africa, Pacific Area)

The library's online catalog, providing access to books, journals, music, and movies in the library.

You might start with a subject search, using one of the following search terms:

education primary
education secondary
education higher
education statistics
education united states (or another country or region)
education philosophy
curriculum planning
curriculum change
intelligence tests
mathematics (or another subject) and education

A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Books and articles not owned by our library can be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Allow sufficient time for processing.  Average turnaround time is 3-5 days for articles and 3-14 days for books, excluding holidays and weekends. Submit ILL requests well in advance of deadlines.

Locating Articles And More (Databases & Indexes)

ERIC (some full-text; 1966 to present)
Covers education with research documents, articles, technical reports, program descriptions and evaluations, and curricular materials.

Education Research Complete (some full text; dates vary, mostly 1980s to present)
Includes all areas of education and development from early childhood through higher education.

Teacher Reference Center (citations & abstracts, mostly 1980s to present)
Index to 270 of the most popular professional education magazines and journals.

OmniFile Full Text Mega (some full text; most 1994 to present, with some 1982 to present)
Articles from scholarly and popular sources in all disciplines.

Academic Search Complete (1988 to present, some full-text)
Articles from selected popular magazines and scholarly journals in all disciplines.

PsycINFO via APA PsycNET (1872 to present; includes full text from PsycARTICLES database)
Produced by the American Psychological Association, this database indexes over 2400 journals, dissertations, and some books and book chapters. APA PsycNET also includes PsycBOOKS (APA-published books and chapters)and PsycARTICLES databases.

Dissertations & Theses Global (full text 1997 to present; citations & abstracts primarily 1861 to present, some citations 1637+)
Covers master's theses and Ph.D. dissertations worldwide in all disciplines.

JSTOR (full text; dates vary by journal)
An archive of back issues of over 400 journals in many disciplines.

Once you know which journals you need, search Journals A-Z to see if they are online or in the library.

Film, Video, and Image Collections

American History In Video
Hundreds of hours of histroical film footage compiled from commercial and governmental newsreels, archival footage, public affairs footage, and important documentaries on American history.

PBS Streaming Video Collection
Hundreds of hours of streaming video content from PBS, including programming from series such as Frontline, NOVA, and The American Experience.

ARTstor (images)
An international digital library of approximately 550,000 images contributed by museums, individual photographers, scholars, special collections at libraries, and photo archives. In addition to images of  paintings, drawings, sculpture, and the decorative arts, the collection includes cultural and religious objects, cartoons, fashion and costume illustrations, covers from printed music, pages from illuminated manuscripts and early printed books, natural history illustrations, early anatomical and medical drawings, and many other types of images.-



Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLS) (VA Dept. of Education)

Common Core Standards Inititiative (National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers)

National and State Standards Links (Education World)

Lesson Plans and Teaching Materials

EDSITEment (National Endowment for the Humanities)

Educator's Reference Desk (Information Institute of Syracuse)

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) (US DOE)

Global SchoolNetNet

Lesson Plans Library - Discovery Channel

MCREL (Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning

NASA's Educators Site (NASA)

NEA Teacher Toolkit (NEA)

NEA Lesson Plans (NEA)

PBS Teachers (PBS)

Teachers Home (Scholastic Publishing)


Yale-New Haven Teacher's Institute Curricular Resources (1978+)
Also check their links to other curricular resources at

TIP: Many web sites from museums, science centers, television networks or programs, associations and societies, and government agencies have educational sites for kids or resources for teachers, so check these out.

Web Guides for Kids (U.S. Government)
Also see Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids

Great Websites for Kids (American Library Association's Association for Library Services to Children)

General Web Guides

Internet Public Library

Fun Sciences Sites for Kids

NASA Kid's Club- space stuff!

EPA's Environmental Kids Club

How Stuff Works - explanations of how common everyday things work

The WHY Files - answers scientific "Why?" questions

Extreme Science - the biggest, the deepest, the fastest, the mots amazing and -est! of all

TryScience - a collaborative effort from many science and nature centers - lots of experiments, interactive exercises, webcams, etc.

National Wildlife Federation's E-Nature - animals!

EurakAlert! for Kids - AAAS science news updates for kids

Exploratorium - San Francisco's hands-on museum has a site

Virtual Field trips - Utah Public Television
Just Google "virtual field trips" for lots more!

Fear of Physics - animated and visual explanations of the mysteries of physics

Children's Literature

Children's Picture Book Database (Miami University)
Abstracted database of over 5000 picture books for use in designing K-12 curriculum units.

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site (Carol Hurst)

Database of Award-Winning Children's Literature (Lisa Bartle)

ABC-Lit: An Index to Children's Literature Scholarship (Lisa Bartle)

International Children's Digital Library

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources (R-MC)

Is it POPULAR or is it SCHOLARLY? (R-MC)

Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet (University of Alberta Libraries)

Citing Sources

Guides to the major citation styles are available at the Reference Desk.

Citing Full-Text from Library Databases (R-MC)

Citing in MLA, APA, and Chicago Styles (R-MC)

KnightCite (Calvin College)
Automatically formats citation information according to MLA, APA, or Chicago styles. Be sure to double-check the result for accuracy!


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