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EDU 540: Early Childhood Education
Dr. Lin

Reference Sources Journal Articles Books Government Information
World Wide Web Citing Sources Your Comments  

The purpose of this course research guide is to acquaint you with some of the resources in the University Library and on the World Wide Web useful for your research. Should you have questions, stop by the Reference Desk on the first floor. You may also call the Reference Desk at (334) 229-4110 during the hours the Library is open.


Reference Sources

p>Sources in the Library's Reference Collection and similar sources online can help you find brief factual information quickly. Be sure to browse the shelves near the sources listed below to find others.

Education Encyclopedias

  • Encyclopedia of American Education
    Main Reference: LB 17 .U54 2001
  • Standards and Schooling in the United States: An Encyclopedia
    Main Reference: LB 2822.82 .S82 2001
  • Encyclopedia of Special Education: A Reference for the Education of the Handicapped and Other Exceptional Children and Adults
    Main Reference: LC 4007 .E53 2000
  • Encyclopedia of Multicultural Education
    Main Reference: LC 1099.3 .M58 1999


  • Mental Measurements Yearbook (Buros)
    Main Reference: Z 5814 .P8 B932
  • Test Critiques
    Main Reference Desk: BF 176 .T418
  • Tests in Print
    Main Reference: Z 5814 .E9 T47

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Journal Articles

The best method for finding journal articles is to use one of the Library's online article databases. For additional information on the databases listed below and for others, explore our list of databases. Our databases are now easily accessible off campus by clicking on the database name and typing in the information requested. If you need additional assistance with accessing the databases, contact Randy Curtis (334 229-6968) or Cedric Davis (334 229-6998).

Some of the databases provide access to the entire text of articles. If the text of an article is not available in a database, check for the journal title in Serials Solutions (ASU) to determine if the article is available in another online database. Also check HORNetCat, our online catalog, for availability of journals in the Serials Department on the third floor. You may order those not available in the Library or via a full-text database through Interlibrary Loan.

Education Databases

Additional Databases

Print Indexes/Abstracts

  • Current Index to Journals in Education
    Serials (3rd floor)
  • Education Index
    Serials (3rd floor)

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Because of their length, books provide a more in-depth look at topics. Books not located in the Library can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

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Government Information

Federal and state governments publish a plethora of information on many topics. Although the University Library is not a depository for government documents, you can request documents through Interlibrary Loan. You may also visit the Library at Auburn University Montgomery, which is a depository.

Federal Government Information

Alabama Government Information


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World Wide Web

The World Wide Web is an outstanding but often bewildering source of information. Not everything you find will be authoritative, accurate, and valid. Try searching one of these databases to find more reliable Web sites.

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Citing Your Sources

You will use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association to cite your sources. A copy of the Manual is available at the Reference Desk on the first floor of the Library. Additional assistance with citing electronic publications is available from the APA online site.

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Your Comments

Please take a few minutes to let us know what you think about this guide. Has it helped with your research? Do you have any suggestions for improving the guide? You may e-mail Marsha V. Taylor ( or call her at (334) 229-6839 with your comments and suggestions.

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Course Research Guides | Information Literacy Program

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University Library & Learning Resources Center
Authored by: Barbara Hightower, Information Literacy Librarian
All contents copyright 2003, ASU. All rights reserved.
February 28, 2003