The University Library is one of the largest in the United States with over 12 million titles in
its collection. Navigation is often difficult both virtually and in person. Below you will find
links to some of the resources you need to know about for efficient and effective use of these
Journal articles are one of the primary means of communicating research ideas. They are an
important component of academic research and give you some insight into ongoing debates and
scholarly conversations about your topic.
Search for books and articles related to the subject of global studies and globalization.
Consider using terms such as globalization, anti-globalization, international relations, and
Find Articles, Books, Journals and Web Pages
Suggested Article Databases
Digest of Education
Statistics - Available both electronically as well as in print (370.973 Un3d1) in our reference
collection, the Digest of Education Statistics is the official U.S. authority for statistics on
almost every aspect of education.
Full Text - Education Full Text indexes and abstracts articles from English-language journals
and yearbooks published in the U.S. and elsewhere. English-language books relating to education
published in 1995 or later are also indexed. Abstracting coverage begins with January 1994.
Abstracts describe the content and scope of the source documents. Full-text coverage begins in
- ERIC is a national education database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Presently
the largest education database in the world, ERIC contains over 1,000,000 citations covering
research documents, journal articles, technical reports, program descriptions and evaluations, and
curricular materials in the field of education. In addition to ERIC subject descriptors and
extensive abstracts, limited full-text to selected items is available. Covers 1966-present.
John Dewey: Collected Works
(via Past Masters II) - This database is based on the 37-volume printed edition, The Collected
Works of John Dewey 1882-1953, published 1967-1990.
Abstracts - This database of sociological articles can be a valuable resource for information
on the social foundations of education.
National School Reform Initiatives
- This will lead you to an annotated list of sites that might be useful in discovering information
and contacts related to national school reform in the United States.
FINDING BOOKS & JOURNALS
Library catalogs are used for two purposes. First, if you know exactly what you are looking for
- an exact title or author - you can use the catalog to locate your material. This works for book
titles and journal titles. Second, you can use library catalogs to discover material that might be
helpful to you by doing subject and keyword searching. Many of the records for journal titles in
our catalog can link you to the electronic versions of these publications. If you do not see a link
to an electronic version of an article you need in the Online Catalog, go to the Online Research
Resources page and search for the title.
Online Library Catalog - Look here to find
books, DVDs, magazines or journals containing articles that you need, and many other
resources. In addition to the 12 million volumes we have on this campus, you can connect to
76 other libraries in Illinois and request that books be sent to you.
When you find something you want in the catalog, write down the following:
Location - in which library the item is kept (or libraries, if we have multiple
You can then use this
information when requesting the item be sent to you.
Call Number - this number is essential for finding the item on the shelf
Status - is it available for you to check out?
Interlibrary Loan - The places to
verify citations for books and request books and articles you cannot find elsewhere. Ordering books
and journals via interlibrary loan is free and generally fairly quick.
SOME HELPFUL PRINT RESOURCES
Although this is a distance education course, it might be helpful to know a few reference book
titles that might be available at a library near you. We have listed some of these extremely useful
Encyclopedia of Educational Research
(370.3 En192 1992/SSHEL Reference) - This four-volume encyclopedia set includes articles
on specific aspects of education as well as research methodologies.
The Encyclopedia of Education
(Q.370.3 En193 2003/SSHEL Reference) - This eight-volume encyclopedia provides
detailed explanations for many of the terms and concepts related to the study of education. In
addition to the general information provided by this source, its 8th volume provides detailed
entries for court cases, legislation, and international agreements that have influenced the history
Greenwood Dictionary of Education
(370.3 G856/SSHEL Reference) - Published in 2003, and containing over 2600 terms,
this source is the first comprehensive dictionary of Education created in over a quarter of a
century. It is a valuable source for information on the foundations and fundamental concepts
related to the field.
International Handbook of Curriculum Research
(375.00072 In8/ SSHEL Reference) - Twenty-nine countries are covered in this handbook
that also includes four introductory essays about curriculum in the global perspective. One
introductory chapter provides a history of the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction. With
its focus on curriculum, this source differs from other handbooks on national systems of education
since it does not necessarily describe education at different levels. Provided is a complementary
work, with a thoughtful overview of the status of curriculum theory, reform, and/or studies in each
of the included countries. The editor's lengthy introduction provides a framework for the country
essays and their cross-cultural context. Author and subject indexes provided.
International Handbook of Educational Policy
(379 In85/SSHEL Reference Circulating Collection) - Published in 2005, this two-volume
work moves from a review of current policy practice to critical and external perspectives,
providing fifty-five chapters within the following globally focused framework
: large-scale educational reform; leadership and governance; teaching quality;
literacies; and, workplace learning. Each chapter includes a bibliography, and an extensive
index covers both volumes and aids in locating comments about specific countries.
Guidelines for citing electronic and print resources are available from the Undergraduate
Citation Styles guide and the
Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library's
Style and Writing Guides.
Need help collecting and organizing your citations and producing a list of works cited?
Citation management tools can help! The guide “
Citation Management Software
Overview” helps users choose a citation management tool and provides links to other guides
on specific options like Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote.
Ask-A-Librarian for Help with Your Research
Ask-A-Librarian Service to IM, chat, email,
phone or find a reference librarian.
Office: Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library, 100 Main Library
Contact a librarian to request an appointment for an in-depth
Finding Your Way Around
There are over 25 departmental libraries on our campus, and sometimes it may be difficult to
determine where to find the resources you need. For your class, the library that you will be using
most is the
Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL). We
are located in SSHEL North (Room 100) and SSHEL South (Room 101) of the Main Library building. Do
no hesitate to come in and ask one of our energetic and helpful information desk assistants.
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