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New Education Databases

July 2007

 

Databases by Subject

Databases A-Z

Cabell's Directories Directories of publishing information in education, business, and psychology

Career and Technical Education Search vocational and technical periodicals covering all aspects of the Vo/Tech curriculum (Proquest)

Education Index Retrospective Indexing of education literature from 1929-1983 (Wilson)

Education Research Complete K12 to higher ed database indexing over 1500 journals, 700 full text (Ebsco)

Kids Infobits Database designed especially for students in kindergarten through grade five (Thomson)

Learning Express Library Job and career test preparation database, including sample GRE, GMAT, and LSAT tests (Learning Express)

Library Literature Retrospective Index of library literature from 1905 to 1983

Mental Measurements Yearbook Database of consumer-oriented test reviews, including descriptive information, professional reviews, and reviewer references. (Ebsco)

SportDiscus comprehensive database covering sport, physical education, exercise, sports medicine, kinesiology, health education, nutrition, recreation, and tourism (Ebsco)

Most of these products are found in: Databases by Subject - Education

  • Career and Technical Education is a Proquest resource that indexes vocational and technical education periodicals.
  • Education Index Retrospective and Library Literature and Information Science Retrospective are Wilson products. The word retrospective tells us that they deal with works from the past, not the present. These are indexes only. There is no full text (with one exception for Library Lit).
  • Library Lit Retrospective provides indexing to library publications as far back as 1905.  Coverage also includes full text content from 69 years of the Wilson Library Bulletin (the classic trade magazine for librarians, founded in 1914). Education Index Retrospective provides indexing for 1929 - 1983. It doesn't offer any full text. These are standard Wilson products.
  • Education Research Complete has replaced our subscription to Professional Development Collection. It's a standard Ebsco product with the features we recognize.

  • Learning Express Library provides practice tests and tutorials for academic or licensing tests (GRE, LSAT, citizenship exams, etc.) It requires that each user create a login. Having your own account allows you to track which tests you've worked on; you can also work on a test, stop, and resume your work later.
  • Mental Measurements Yearbook is produced by Ebsco. It provides information to evaluate test products in many areas, including psychology, education, and business. All MMY entries contain descriptive information (e.g., test purpose, publisher, pricing) and edited review(s) written by leading content area experts. This database can be confusing to users, who interpret the "full text" availability as an indication that the test is included. Remember: the test itself is not included in the database. The full text refers to the presence of test reviews.
  • SportDiscus , an Ebsco product, is the premier database in the fields of sport, physical education, exercise, sports medicine, kinesiology, health education, nutrition, recreation, and tourism.

Some education databases are listed in K-12 Education, a list of products intended for use in that environment. We subscribe to these products so that future educators have an opportunity to see what's being used in that setting.

  • Kids Infobits is a product intended for elementary school-aged children.

Some databases are not listed in either the Education list or the K-12 list. Cabell's is available from the A-Z list.

Cabell's provides directories of publishing information in education, psychology, and business. We have several examples of Cabell's directories in our print reference collection. The most likely audience for these products: faculty who are seeking to submit a manuscript for publication in a journal.

To use Cabell's: First, you must select a directory to search. Then select either Table of Contents, Index, or Search . Table of Contents provides a list of journals in the directory. Index provides a topical approach. Search allows you to search by other criteria-for instance, a journal's acceptance rate. Click on "OK" by the journal name for information about the publication and submission guidelines. Under "Using Directories," see Definition of Terms for information about manuscript submission, types of review, etc.

Hypothetical Scenarios

Consider the following hypothetical reference queries. Which of our new databases would be most useful? (Answers available in the following section.)

  • My son needs to prepare for the ACT. Do you have anything that would help?

  • I'm writing a paper about eating disorders, and my professor said to come to the library to find a test for that.

  • I'm a third grade teacher, and I want to find some information for my students about dinosaurs.

  • I need to find an article written in the 1960's about laboratory schools.

  • Can you help me find the acceptance rate for the journal Accounting Forum ?

  • I need some information about career education in middle schools.

  • I want information about backpacks and stress (kinematics). I have to have a 15-item bibliography, in APA format, by tomorrow.
Hypothetical Scenarios: Answers
  • My son needs to prepare for the ACT. Do you have anything that would help? (Learning Express, under E-Books, Academic Test Prep).

  • I'm writing a paper about eating disorders, and my professor said to come to the library to find a test for that. (Use Mental Measurements Yearbook to find information about tests, including test reviews.)

  • I'm a third grade teacher, and I want to find some information for my students about dinosaurs. (Kids Info Bits)

  • I need to find an article written in the 1960's about laboratory schools. (Education Index Retrospective for the citation; the full text of the article will not be available in that database.)

  • Can you help me find the acceptance rate for the journal Accounting Forum? (Cabell's)

  • I need some information about career education in middle schools. (Career and Technical Education would be the most focused source for this question. A general education database, such as Education Research Complete, would also be appropriate.)

  • I want information about backpacks and stress (kinematics). I have to have a 15-item bibliography, in APA format, by tomorrow. (Use SportDiscus to find articles on this topic; export citations to RefWorks to create a bibliography in a particular format.)
Practice Questions

Practice Questions: Using databases introduced today, answer the following questions, and then email me for answers.

  • For what age is the test Early Math Diagnostic Assessment designed? Can it be administered to a group?

  • I need an article published in the journal Public Libraries in 1910. It's by S. Hrbek and has to do with public library services to foreign populations.

  • Find an important historical event that took place on your birthday.

  • I need 3 peer-reviewed articles about athletes' use of dietary supplements.

  • I'm going to take the TOEFL in a few weeks, and I need to get ready for the tests on reading and writing.

  • I need something about the career choices of high school students.

  • I'm a Marketing professor, and I'd like to publish an article in a journal that deals with tourism marketing. Can you help me?

  • I need an article from the early 1950's about the effect of television on teenagers' reading habits.

  • Is there a way to find out each time new articles from Quarterly Review of Distance Education are available in a database?

  • How long does it usually take College and Undergraduate Libraries to review a manuscript?

 

 

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