Finding Education Information
in Online Databases
Library Services offers access to many databases, both general and subject-specific. Some provide citations only, while others offer the full text of some or all items. If the full article is not available in the database you are searching, you may be able to find it in one of the library's other subscription databases or in the library's physical collection. If not, you may wish to request it from another library using ILLiad, the library's interlibrary loan system. You must set up an individual ILLiad account (See the link "First Time Users"). Most of the library's databases are available from both on and off-campus; however, some are password-protected and may be accessed only from the library. Instructions concerning off-campus access to library databases are available here. Library resource guides and subject reference guides offer assistance on many subjects; you may wish to consult general guides, such as those about Quest, the online catalog, and Peer-Reviewed Journals, as well as guides specific to education research, including Conducting Research in Education.
Article Linker and Electronic Journal Search: When reviewing your database search results, you will notice that some include the entire article, while others do not. Watch for the note "Search for item at JCKL"; clicking here will allow you to check to see if the article is available in another database. Use the Electronic Journal Search to find out if the library has access to a journal in its physical collection or in another subscription database.
For a list of education databases, click here. The library also subscribes to several resources designed for use in a K-12 setting. For a list of all of the library's subscription databases, click here. Remember that reference personnel are happy to help you select the most appropriate resources for your information needs.
Need help? Contact the Reference Desk for assistance.
Comprehensive Education Databases :: Other Useful Resources
Comprehensive Education Databases
Databases covering all aspects of education include ERIC, Education Research Complete, and Education Full Text. While there is considerable overlap among these products, each offers some unique content.
ERIC: ERIC is the largest education database, providing citations to journal articles and report literature in the field of education. In the past few years, ERIC has undergone many changes and now offers the full text of most recent ERIC documents and some journal articles. ERIC is available both as an EBSCO product and from the U.S. Department of Education. You may limit your search to journal articles (EJ's) or to ERIC documents (ED's). ERIC documents include research reports, conference presentations, curriculum guides, etc. Generally, they are not available in journals. If an ERIC document is not available in its entirety in the database, remember to check Quest to see if the library owns the item. Older ERIC documents may be available in the ERIC microfiche collection found on the northeast side of the second floor.
Education Research Complete: Education Research Complete is EBSCO's education resource, covering all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing. ERC provides indexing and abstracts for more than 1,500 journals and full text for more than 750 journals. Some full text books are included.
Education Full Text: Education Full Text is Wilson's education database, with comprehensive coverage of periodicals and books. Indexing of some journals goes as far back as 1983. Full text coverage from over 350 journals is available. Use Wilson's companion database, Education Index Retrospective, for indexing to education periodicals and yearbooks as far back as 1929.
Academic Search Complete: Academic Search Complete, a general product designed specifically for academic institutions, is a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5,300 full-text periodicals, including 4,400 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,300 journals.
Career and Technical Education: Career and Technical Education is an important source for vocational information. The database includes over 545 titles, with more than 460 available in full text.
Mental Measurements Yearbook: Mental Measurements Yearbook, produced by the Buros Institute at the University of Nebraska, provides users with a comprehensive guide to over 2,000 contemporary testing instruments. MMY contains information essential for a complete evaluation of test products in such diverse areas as psychology, education, business, and leadership.
PsycINFO: PsycINFO , from the American Psychological Association, contains nearly 2.3 million citations and summaries of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations in psychology and related disciplines, dating as far back as the 1800s. The majority of material is peer-reviewed. Because of the importance of the field of psychology to education, this database is often useful to those conducting research in education.
See the list of education databases here. See the entire list of the library's subscription databases here.