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Guide to Sources in Education

 Guide to Sources in Education

Location of Materials | Call Numbers | Guides about Education Sources | Articles & Journal Databases | Directories | College & University Rankings | Background Information: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, & Handbooks | Almanacs & Yearbooks | Education Standards | Statistical Sources & Datasets | Grants, Funding, & Career Resources | Bibliographies | Biographical Sources



Location of Materials

All titles listed in this guide are located in the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library Reference Collection unless otherwise noted. The location SSHEL RCC indicates the item is held in the SSHEL Reference Circulating Collection.



Call Numbers

Call numbers are groups of numbers and/or letters that classify library items by subject. Items are arranged on bookshelves by call number. The Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library (SSHEL) uses both the Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification systems

Education Call Numbers


Guides to Education Resources

A list of information sources such as books, journals, websites, and databases about a specific subject, with corresponding brief description. 

Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Educational Curriculum and Methods. (online)
A searchable directory of academic journals with information on editorial and submission policies designed to help researchers and academics find the most appropriate journal in which to publish manuscripts. Each entry provides the editor’s name and contact information. They also provide information on the review process, publication information, manuscript specifications, and aims and scopes of the journal. A companion directory provides similar information for Educational Psychology and Administration.

011.02 B983e 2000
Education: A Guide to Reference and Information Sources. 2nd ed. 2000. (online)
Provides information about key reference and information resources in the field of education. It is divided into 14 categories that reflect different aspects of education, and each chapter is then divided into subcategories by type of publication (journals, dictionaries and encyclopedias, etc.). The entries each contain bibliographic information and an annotation describing the resource. Includes author, title, and subject indexes.



Article & Journal Databases

Databases are structured sets of information, stored in print or online. Often, databases are online collections of journal article citations and full text. Find articles about a specific topic by using keywords, subject headings, authors, and more. 

Education Full Text. 1983 -. (online)
Education Full-Text is a database that indexes and abstracts articles from English-language periodicals and yearbooks published in the United States and elsewhere. Books relating to education published in 1995 or later are also indexed. Complemented by Education Index Retrospective (1929-1983).

ERIC (online)
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 3,000,000 citations covering research documents, journal articles, technical reports, program descriptions and evaluations, and curricular materials in the field of education. It also includes abstracts and selective full-text.

Higher Education Abstracts. 1965-. (online)
Abstracts from journals, conference proceedings, and research reports pertaining to participants in higher education, their functions, and environment.

International ERIC. 1977-. (online)
International ERIC is a combined database of the Australian Education Index (1977- ), ERIC, and PsycINFO. Combined these indexes provide coverage of education-related topics mainly in Oceania and the United States, with some representation of such subjects in other parts of the world.

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Directories are a list of organizations, groups, people, places, or other data systematically arranged often alphabetically or by location.


LC3965 .G538 2015
The Big Book of Special Education Resources. 2nd ed. 2015.
This diverse resource contains many different types of information, such as lesson plans, address and phone numbers to federal agencies, and lists of books, videos, and journals about topics in special education.

371.910973 C738 2015
The Complete Learning Disabilities Directory. 19th ed. 2015.
Provides information on how to deal with learning disabilities of all types. Discusses what to look for in diagnosing a learning disability and treatment options. It features a Glossary, Geographical, Subject, and Name indexes, and multiple resources ranging from programs, media, schools, and government agencies.

Directory of Curriculum Materials Centers. 7th ed. 2015. (online)
Guide to curriculum centers, laboratories, libraries, and collections in the United States and Canada that support professional programs in teacher education. Entries are organized by state and include addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, and collection information for each center. Institution index provided.

370.2573 En191
Educators Resource Directory. 11th ed. 2015.
Offers ready access to over 6,000 individual education-related resources and 195 charts containing educational statistics and rankings. The directory is divided into three sections: resources for education professionals, from teaching opportunities abroad and financial opportunities to school supplies and testing resources; national and state statistics; and entry & publisher, geographic, and subject indexes.

Europa World of Learning. 2006-. (online)
Arranged alphabetically by country, this guide lists learned societies, research institutions, libraries, museums, universities and other institutions of higher education.

Plunkett’s Education, EdTech & MOOCs Industry Almanac 2015: The Only Comprehensive Guide to the Education Industry. 2015. (online)
This almanac covers topics such as education trends and emerging technologies. It provides easy-to-use comparisons that allows readers lacking a background in education or finance to quickly compare strategies, financial records, and growth plans of major industry groups. Contains a glossary and two indexes: an index of firms noted as hot spots for advancement for women & minorities and an index of subsidiaries, brand names and affiliations.

371.13 W82r1
Requirements for Certification of Teachers, Counselors, Librarians, Administrators for Elementary and Secondary Schools. 1935-.
Provides the local and regional differences and changes for each of the 50 states with respect to the certification of teachers, administrators, counselors and librarians.

Primary, Elementary and Secondary Education

373.73 H19
The Handbook of Private Schools. 1915-. (online)
Contains information on 1,800 elementary and secondary boarding and day schools in the U.S. Contains an alphabetical index of schools.

Q. 370 P27
Patterson’s American Education. 1904-.
A comprehensive list of public and private secondary schools, including selected colleges, universities and special schools. School systems arranged by state, then towns. A list of post-secondary institutions classified by subject is provided.

Q. 372.02573 P277
Patterson’s Elementary Education. 1989-.
Directory of American public and private elementary schools. Entries are alphabetized within each state by community and by school type. Private and church-affiliated schools are separate from public institutions.

Higher Education

378.73 C569
A Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. 1994. (online)
This work divides U.S. colleges and universities into six broad classes (Doctoral Universities, Research Universities, Masters Colleges and Universities, Baccalaureate Colleges, Specialized Institutions, Associate of Arts Colleges). Within these classes the institutions are listed by state. Includes an index in alphabetical order by name of the institution.

Commonwealth Universities Yearbook. 1914-. (online)
Contains information on universities of all the nations of the British commonwealth. A general index and name index are provided.

378.73 H412a  
Higher Education Directory. 1983-.
This directory of accredited, degree-granting institutions of post-secondary education includes college and university listings by state with institutional characteristics and administrative officers; an alphabetical index of administrators “with their most direct phone number;” an index of regional, national, professional, and specialized accreditation agencies; and an alphabetic index of institutions.

378 In86
International Handbook of Universities. 1959-2009.
Provides descriptions of individual institutions, excluding Commonwealth and United States institutions.

National Faculty Directory . 1970-. (online)
Alphabetical listing of U.S. and Canadian college, junior college and university faculty. No biographical information included.

Q. 378.16 C832 2004-2011.
The New Country Index. Making Sense of International Credentials. 2004-.
Provides information about the educational systems of over 150 countries, focusing on credentials and recommendations regarding the United States equivalents of each credential. Useful for interpreting the educational backgrounds of foreign persons for program admission, licensing and hiring, and for statements of educational equivalencies.

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College & University Rankings

Various sources of statistical and reputational rankings of colleges and universities.

378.73 Am35201a
Best Colleges. 1988-. (online)
Provides a ranking of top colleges and universities in the United States. Includes articles on how to choose, apply and pay for colleges.

378.15530257 Am351b
Best Graduate Schools. 2003-. (online)
Contains articles on graduate schools and rankings in law, business, medicine, engineering, and education.

College and University Rankings Website. (online)
This website offers links to sites providing rankings of undergraduate, graduate/research programs, law, business, and international education. It also provides a bibliography of materials on College and University Rankings as well as materials that discuss controversies and cautions about rankings.

LB2817.3.C66 2014
The Comparative Guide to American Elementary and Secondary Schools. 8th ed. 2014.
This guide includes statistics of all public school districts serving 1,500 or more students. Organized by state, it contains listings of the public school educational profile, NAEP Test Scores, District Profiles, and District Rankings. In addition to the state rankings and orders, there are national comparisons and rankings. Also includes index of city names.

379.154 Ed833
Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators. 1992-.
Includes indicators from 30 OECD member countries on demographics, social and economic context; costs and human and financial resources; access, participation and progression; school environment and school/classroom processes; graduate output of institutions; student achievement and adult literacy; and labor market outcomes.

Q. 378 W894
Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings. 2012-.
Lists the top 100 universities from around the world by reputation. Over 10,000 responses to the survey from 133 countries determined the 2015 rankings. In addition to the rankings, the 2015 edition also includes articles on global trends in higher education.

378 W89 2015-16
Times Higher Education World University Rankings. 2004-.
This supplemental publication compiles the annual world university rankings of Times Higher Education, with data collected, analyzed, and verified by Thomson Reuters. The rankings employ 13 separate performance indicators, drawing on about 50 million journal citations and a survey of almost 60,000 respondents (since 2010). Includes data/statistics tables and articles summarizing and analyzing the information, and organizes rankings both generally and by subject area. Includes discussion of methods.

378.73 T62
The Top American Research Universities. 2000-.
Presents the latest rankings of US institutions of higher education from the Center for Measuring University Performance’s (MUP).  This report presents data tables examining the top 50 universities, and the top 25 medical and specialized research universities nationally. It lists institutions that had more than $40 million in federal research expenditures and examines them related to expenditures, endowments, and other factors. The top 200 institutions are highlighted in data tables for recent years. Data and source notes are included. All data are available for download in Excel spreadsheets from the website at http://mup.asu.edu/.

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Background Information: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, & Handbooks

Background information can be found in reference sources, online or in print , such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks. Dictionaries contain brief definitions, usually only a sentence or two in length. Encyclopedias provide a more in-depth description, usually a few paragraphs in length. Handbooks contain descriptions that can be multiple pages and describe the development and future of a subject.


LB15 .D483 2015
A Dictionary of Education. 2nd ed. 2015.
This dictionary presents brief definitions of key terms in the field of British education from the early 20th to the 21st centuries. Covering legislative acts, British trends in education policy and philosophy, comparison of international standards of learning, curriculum orientations and institutional competency. Entries often include links to websites and recommendations for further reading. Includes a timeline of important historical developments in the United Kingdom in the last century, and an appendix with educational legislation in other English-speaking countries.

371.903 V586d 1997
Dictionary of Special Education and Rehabilitation. 1997.
Presents definitions of over 2,000 terms currently used by special educators and rehabilitation workers. There are sections on abbreviations and acronyms, national associations and organizations, legal terms, periodicals and journals, and sources of legal assistance.

Encyclopedia of Terminology for Educational Communications and Technology. 2013. (online)
Written for both scholars and practitioners, this is a volume of scholarly definitions and short discussions of approximately 180 key terms in the field. Each entry includes key aspects of the term, alternative views and interpretations of the term, and future trends. The definition discussions are supported with relevant literature from educational communications and technology and related fields.

370.3 G856 2011
The Greenwood Dictionary of Education. 2011.
A comprehensive dictionary for a variety of subjects within education. It provides more than 3,000 terms, acronyms, and initialisms that are in contemporary use and understanding. The dictionary includes a preface, the dictionary itself, and a bibliography for the definitions. The 2003 edition is available online.

370.3 L552l
Learning Theories, A to Z. 2002.
Defines over 500 terms that relate to learning theories and environments. Organized alphabetically, it provides information on learning theories about K-12 education, higher education, industrial education, and training environments. Each of the terms is divided into the following categories: cognitivism, constructivism, behaviorism, and humanism.


Q. 371.82996 En192
Encyclopedia of African American Education. 2010. (online)
This encyclopedia provides information on different facets of the African American educational experience, including history, legislation and policy, specific institutions, and social factors that impact educational experiences and success. Articles are signed, cross-referenced, and contain reference lists. Volume 1 contains a Reader’s Guide that organizes entries by topic, and an alphabetical listing of entries. Volume 2 contains a complete bibliography, a selection of reprinted articles from  The Journal of Negro Education from 1932-2008, and an index.

Q. 370.117 En192
Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education. 4 vols. 2012.
Provides over 700 alphabetically arranged entries about diversity in education written by international academics and experts presenting research, statistics, case studies, best practices, policies, and programs. Volume four also contains a chronology of key events and publications related to diversity and education.

370.3 En193 2003
The Encyclopedia of Education. 8 vols. 2003. (online)
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 of education.

LB2824 .E53 2014
Encyclopedia of Education Economics & Finance. 2 vols. 2014.
Aims to help administrators, teachers, students, and economists understand and analyze the behavior of schools, districts, states, and nations through the lens of economics. Contains 300-350 signed entries by experts in the field of education. Organized alphabetically by topic, and includes a thematic “Reader’s Guide,” which groups related entries by topic. Also includes a resources appendix and comprehensive index.

344.730703 E564
Encyclopedia of Education Law.  2008. 2 vols. (online)
Contains alphabetical entries in the field of education law, primarily focused on developments since Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka et al.  Entries include citation and cross-references where applicable.  Work provides a list of entries, reader’s guide, and an index.

Encyclopedia of E-leadership, Counseling, and Training. 2012. (online)
This book offers an in-depth description of key terms, and concepts related to different themes, issues, and trends in educational leadership, counseling, and technology integration in modern universities and organizations worldwide.

Q. RA777 .E52 2013
Encyclopedia of School Health. 2013.
Covers all components of Coordinated School Health (K-12 and preschool) programs put forth by the American School Health Association, including health education instruction; physical education instruction; health services; nutrition services; counseling, psychological, and social services; healthy and safe school environment; health promotion for school staff; and family and community engagement. Entries are organized alphabetically, but can be accessed through the Reader’s Guide or index. Further reading and resources are provided in each entry and in a general appendix.

Q. LC4007 .E53 2014
Encyclopedia of Special Education: A Reference for the Education of the Handicapped and Other Exceptional Children and Adults. 4 vols. 4th ed. 2014. (online)
Excellent source for basic, summative information for those concerned with the education of exceptional people and their special characteristics, needs and problems. Over 2000 entries cover biographies, educational and psychological tests, interventions and service delivery, disabling conditions, technologies, organizations and journals, related services, legal, global, and miscellaneous topics. Entries include additional references.

378.1982 B7914h
Historically Black Colleges and Universities: An Encyclopedia. 2011. (online)
Traces the history of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and discusses events that have impacted their origins, growth, and sustainment. Includes information about individuals and organizations founded at HBCUs and their impact on the cultural, economic, political and social history of the US. Contains profiles of HBCUs arranged by founding date. Includes tables of two- and four-year accredited HBCUs as of 2010, a timeline of events, notable alumni, primary documents, further resources, and an index.

Q. LB15 .I565 2013
International Education: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Issues and Systems. 2 vols. 2013.
Focuses on educational structures worldwide and how human ingenuity and creativity impact them. The work seeks to answer fundamental questions about access to education, the influence of poverty on educational attainment, the gender gap, and child labor issues. The work is divided into two sections. Section I examines sociopolitical and cultural issues, issues of gender, topics in formal and informal education, curricular issues, intellectual and motor skill development, technology, and educational institutions. The second section examines educational systems around the globe, organized by continent and country. Following the main text are a glossary and index. Bibliographic references appear throughout the work.

The International Encyclopedia of Education. 3rd ed. 2010. (online)
121 subject classification entries are arranged alphabetically within 27 “mega-fields,” including Adult Education, Educational Assessment, Teacher Education, and Technology and Learning. This work can be searched for particular keywords or browsed by subject classification, author, article title, and subject index. Subject index provides extensive, linked cross- references.

370.92 F883pa
Paulo Freire Encyclopedia. 2012.
This encyclopedia contains over 200 signed entries with lists of references, detailing the major themes and topics related to the work and life of Paulo Freire, a twentieth century political philosopher of education. Includes a Paulo Freire bibliography and index.  

418.0071 R765 2012
Routledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning. 2nd ed. 2012. (online)
This work is geared toward teachers and education researchers and provides extensive explanations/descriptions of issues and terms related to this field. Each entry includes references for further reading. Many entries include graphs and illustrations. Also includes a list of contributors, alphabetical and thematic lists of entries, and an index.

Q.LB3013 .S237 2015
The SAGE Encyclopedia of Classroom Management. 2 vols. 2015.
These volumes cover a variety of topics relating to classroom management. A Reader’s Guide in each volume contains lists of entries related to broader topics, such as assessment, diversity, history, instruction, and problem behaviors. An index for both volumes is included in volume two.

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Contemporary Early Childhood Education. 3 vols. 2016. (online)
Presents advanced research, accurate practical applications of research, historical foundations and key facts from the field of contemporary early childhood education, from birth to eight years of age.  Includes 10 lengthy anchor essays, a reader’s guide, and a list of entries in alphabetical order with cross-references.

Q.LB1028.3 .S235 2015
The SAGE Encyclopedia of Educational Technology. 2 vols. 2015.
Entries are listed alphabetically and by thematic area. The majority are technology-based, though several deal with critical theory in the field of Educational Technology. Entries are cross-referenced to other relevant entries. Intended as an introduction to educational technology for students, teachers, researchers, and practitioners.


379.14 D569 2009
A Digest of Supreme Court Decisions Affecting Education. 5th ed. 2009.
Focuses on U.S. Supreme Court cases directly affecting students and staff in public and private schools from kindergarten through grade 12. The topics deal with school district governance and finance, church-state relationship in education, student rights and responsibilities, employee rights and responsibilities, discrimination, disability, national origin, race and sex issues, civil rights cases, special rules, and procedural parameters.

The Education Systems of Europe. 2015. (online)
Analytical descriptions of all European education systems are presented in this handbook. Arranged alphabetically by country, each chapter presents information about the history and socio-cultural context of the education system, as well as the organizational and governmental context. Extensive references conclude each chapter. A statistical profile of the education systems of Europe is included.

The Handbook of Bilingual and Multilingual Education. 2015. (online)
Presents a comprehensive overview of the latest policies, practices, and theories in the field of bilingual and multilingual education. Three sections respectively cover foundations, pedagogical issues and practices, and global dimensions of bilingual and multilingual education. Includes an alphabetical index of terms.

The Handbook of Global Education Policy. 2016. (online)
Provides an overview of the ways that domestic education policies are informed by global institutions. Surveys current debates and issues in the field. Chapters conclude with extensive bibliographies. Name, Place, and Subject indexes  included at the end.

428.4072 H191
Handbook of Reading Research. 4 vols. 1984, 1991, 2000, 2011.
Vol. I is a comprehensive summarization, analysis, and interpretation of the cumulative research in reading through 1984. Vol. II, which is intended as a companion volume and not an update to the 1984 Handbook, presents key concepts in reading research in sections entitled: society and literacy, task and format variables in reading research, constructs of reader process, and literacy and schooling. Vol. III covers literacy research around the world, methods of literacy research, literacy processes, literacy practices, and literacy policies. Vol. IV addresses the nature, conduct, and validity of reading research.  Each volume includes author and subject indexes.

LB1028.3 .H355 2014
Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology. 4th ed. 2014. (online)
Documents the latest in research and trends in educational communications and technology. Divided into nine sections, the first section examines theories, models, paradigms, and ethical aspects of educational technology. Two gives extensive treatment to methodology, while the third section focuses on assessment and evaluation. Sections four and five look at instructional and domain-specific strategies and models. The sixth section includes chapters on design, planning, and implementation. The final three sections discuss the latest in emerging technologies, technology integration, and the future of educational communications and technology research. An epilogue, author list, glossary, and index conclude the work.

Handbook of Research on Emerging Priorities and Trends in Distance Education: Communication, Pedagogy, and Technology. 2014. (online)
Focuses on identifying, categorizing, and ranking future trends in research, priorities, and needs of distance education students. Answers questions of a communicative, pedagogical, and technological nature that are specific challenges on a global scale.

Handbook of Research on Technologies for Improving the 21st Century Workforce: Tools for Lifelong Learning. 2013. (online)
Lifelong learning is increasingly important as countries emerge into learning societies. Adult and community education, and new technologies, play major roles in shaping economic, political, and cultural realities. This work addresses how technologies impact workforce education and adult learning. Includes research from authorities and faculty about equipping employees with the right knowledge and skills to contribute to society.

Q. 372.21072 H191 2013
Handbook of Research on the Education of Young Children. 3rd ed. 2013. (online)
A collection of essays on important contemporary issues for those who work in or study the field of early childhood education. Organized into three sections: early childhood education and child development, childhood educational curriculum and instruction, and foundations of early childhood educational policy. The third edition includes updates on vital new developments in the field and includes an index.

Handbook of Research on Transnational Higher Education. 2014. (online)
The Handbook is a compilation of recent research in the areas of policy, governance, technology, marketing, and leadership development.

344.773073 IL6
Illinois School Law Survey 2016-2018. 2016.
Covers laws and regulations currently in effect pertaining to Illinois public schools.  Individual entries are in a Q&A format as they are intended to provide simple answers to school-related legal questions for lay people.  Each entry provides a citation for the court case or law on which the answer is based.  The volume contains a short “how to use” guide, list of abbreviations used in legal citations, a table of cases and an index.

LB2806.15 .I595 2014
International Handbook of Curriculum Research. 2nd ed. 2014. (SSHEL RCC)
This new edition contains 39 essays on curriculum studies in 34 countries. Additionally, five introductory essays are included, as well as a section of contributor biographies and a comprehensive index.

International Handbook of Educational Leadership and Social (In)justice. Vol. 1. 2014. (online)
Addresses the meanings of social justice and leadership. Draws from a variety of educational subfields including educational leadership, higher education academic networks, special education, health education, teacher education, professional development, policy analyses, and multicultural education.

344.73074 K141l 2013
The Law of Higher Education: A Comprehensive Guide to Legal Implication of Administrative Decision Making. 5th ed. 2 vols. 2013.
Provides foundational information, in-depth analysis, and practical suggestions on a wide range of legal issues faced by public and private institutions of higher education. Discussions draw on relevant court opinions, constitutional provisions, statutes, administrative regulations, and related developments. Each section includes a select bibliography. Multiple indexes are also provided.

371.262 Sa183
Sage Handbook of Research on Classroom Assessment. 2013. (SSHEL RCC, online)
A comprehensive source of research on all aspects of K-12 classroom assessment with an emphasis on theory, conceptual frameworks, and types of research (quantitative, qualitative, mixed method) that aid understanding of classroom assessment and how to conduct research in the field.

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Almanacs & Yearbooks

Yearbooks are an annual compilation of facts and statistics on a particular subject for the preceding year.

Educational Media and Technology Yearbook. Vol. 40. 2017. (online)
The yearbook is themed around the use of technology to enable or enhance education. It notes current trends in the field of learning design and technology  and implications for both formal and informal learning. Profiles of leaders in the field, mediagraphy, and an index are also included.

370.78 R32  (SSHEL RCC)
Review of Research in Education. 1973-. (online)
Published annually by the American Educational Research Association. Compiles articles that synthesize and evaluate scholarship in the field of education. This is also a valuable source of bibliographies on a variety of education-related topics.

370.6 NAser.2  (SSHEL RCC)
Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education. 1901-.
Published annually in two volumes since 1901. Each volume discusses an educational issue or problem. Includes name and subject indexes, plus a list of publications of the society.

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Education Standards

Education standards define the knowledge and skills students should posses at critical points in their educational careers. 

Education Standards. (online)
Created by the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library. Provides resources and links to sites that define educational standards in different levels and areas, such as General Standards, State Standards, Subject Standards, Teaching Standards and Resources. The Resources page also provides call numbers and location for items owned by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library.

LC3969. 45. C69 2015
What Every Special Educator Must Know: Professional Ethics and Standards. 7th ed. 2015.
This guide was developed in collaboration with the Council for Exceptional Children and education professionals.  The famous “Red Book” covers ethics, standards, and guidelines, including standards for professional practice and professional preparation. It is designed to provide information for “programs seeking CEC National Recognition, faculty developing curriculum, state policy makers evaluating licensure and certification requirements, and all special educators planning their professional growth”.

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Statistical Sources and Datasets

Statistical sources contain numerical facts or data. A dataset is a collection of data.

378.73 Am358a1
The American Freshman: National Norms. 1966-. (online)
Annual report of national normative data on the characteristics of American college freshmen.  Includes an overview of the latest results, tables of the results, and several appendices describing the research methodology.

370.973 N2132c
The Condition of Education. 1975-. (online)
A publication of the National Center for Education Statistics. Presents data that measures the health of education, monitors important developments, and shows trends in major aspects of education. Emphasis is on analysis (narrative explication of charts and graphs) as opposed to simple presentation of statistical data.

370.973 Un3d1
Digest of Education Statistics 1975-. (online)
The official U.S. authority for statistics on many aspects of education. This is an extremely useful resource, with data relevant to many research questions.

370.21 G512
Global Education Digest: Comparing Education Statistics Across the World. 2003-.
Contains analysis and statistical tables from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics on the financing of education, particularly at the primary level.  Data provided is from the school year ending in 2009 or the latest year available.  An interactive database containing additional indicators not included in the print version of the Digest is available here.

Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. 2015. (online)
Contains statistics and analysis regarding international students studying in the U.S., and U.S. students studying abroad. Includes statistics such as international students’ national origin, field of study, location in the U.S., host institutions types, finances, and personal characteristics. Some topics also include long term trends with statistics from previous decades.

370.973 Un4p
Projections of Education Statistics to 2021. 1964-. (online)
Provides statistics for such factors as enrollment, graduates, classroom teachers, and expenditures for all levels of education through the year 2021. While much of the data pertains to the national level of education, select information concerning the state level can supplement projections prepared by individual states.

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Grants, Funding, and Career Resources

Resources with information about applying for grants, scholarships, fellowships, and other types of funding as well as resources about finding a job in a specific field. 

378.330973 H177g 2012
The Graduate School Funding Handbook. 3rd ed. 2012. (online)
This guide looks at different types of graduate degrees and offers advice for securing funding for graduate education. It thoroughly explores six avenues for obtaining financial aid: External Funding; Training Fellowships; Study, Research, and Teach Abroad; Research Grants; Dissertation Fellowships and Grants; and Postdoctoral Opportunities. Contact information for different funding sources are scattered throughout.

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Bibliographies are lists of citations of books, websites, journals, articles, and other resources about a specific subject. Bibliographies can appear at the end of a book, journal, or encyclopedia article, or as a separate publication. Most of the bibliographies dealing with education topics are in the 016.37 to 016.38 (Dewey) or Z5811-5819 (LC) range.

016.370973 B471
A Bibliography of American Educational History: an Annotated and Classified Guide. 1975.
Annotated bibliography with a primary focus on the history of American education.

016.37019342 J72f
From Brown to Boston: Desegregation in Education, 1954-1974. 2 vols. 1979.
Reviews the literature from 1954-1974 of desegregation in education in America from the Brown decision.

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Biographical Sources

Biographical sources provide information about a single person or multiple people.

923.773 B52
Biographical Dictionary of American Educators. 3 vols. 1978.
Recognizes over 1600 teachers, reformers, theorists and administrators from colonial times to 1976.

370.922 Oh4b
Biographical Dictionary of Modern American Educators. 1997.
Like its predecessor, Biographical Dictionary of American Educators (1978), this volume focuses on 410 people who made their mark on the field of education in the United States. Each person selected had to have been born before 1935 or is now deceased in order to consider the entire career. Five appendices and an index are included.

370.922 G657b
Biographical Dictionary of North American and European Educationists. 1997.
Companion volume to the  Dictionary of British Educationists. It describes the lives and works of some 500 North Americans and European educationists who have been key to shaping modern Western traditions and systems of education. Those included had to be active in the educational field from 1800 onward and none can still be alive today.

370.94103 AL24d
Dictionary of British Educationists. 1989.
This dictionary provides readers with an easily accessible guide to the biographies of approximately 450 educationists. Each person had to have been British, deceased, and influential in the field of British education from the year 1800 onwards.

372.210922 P368p
Pioneers of Early Childhood Education: A Bio-Bibliographical Guide. 1998.
Presents brief biographical information about selected leaders in early childhood education. Following a biographical summary of each person’s educational contribution, primary and secondary sources of information for further study are listed. A chronological list of pre-modern and modern pioneers is appended, as is a bibliography and index.

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