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Educational Organization and Leadership 540


A Guide to Library Resources for Educational Organization and Leadership 540


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Welcome! This site has been created to assist you in exploring library resources related to your EOL 540 class. Our library is one of the largest in the United States and it can be a bit overwhelming at first. We will try to make things a little easier for you with this guide, but don’t hesitate to ask questions.



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.

Finding articles is a two-step process:

  • First, find the citation to the articles you want. You can use bibliographies or suggested readings lists, or you can search for the topic you are interested in by using one of the article databases listed below. If you get stuck, ask your professor or a librarian for help getting started.
  • Next, find the actual text of the articles you want. Some of our journals are online but many of them are still available only in print format. If the journal article you are looking for is not available electronically, you will need to use the Online Library Catalog to look up the location of the journal for which you have a citation.

Recommended Databases

  • 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 January 1996.
  • ERIC – 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. Limited full-text access to selected items is available. Covers 1966-present.
  • 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.



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.

  • 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 10 million volumes we have on this campus, you can connect to 71 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 copies)
    Call Number – this number is essential for finding the item on the shelf
    Status – is it available for you to check out?

  • WorldCat and 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.



  • Educational Research, Methodology, and Measurement: An International Handbook (370.78 Ed8355 1997/SSHEL Reference) – This handbook provides a wealth of information, written by experts in the field of education, on subjects such as: methods of educational inquiry, educational research methodology, and measurement in educational research.
  • 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 of education.
  • Encyclopedia of Educational Research (370.3 En192 1992/SSHEL Reference) – This four-volume encyclopedia set focuses on matters relating to educational research.
  • 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.
  • Handbook of Research on School Supervision (Q.371.203 H191s/SSHEL Reference) – This handbook comprises 52 chapters, including paradigms and parameters of supervision in education, supervision as a field of inquiry, foundations of supervision, description of supervision as a professional practice, specialized areas of supervision, levels of supervision, etc. A name and subject index are located at the end of the book.
  • Second International Handbook of Educational Leadership and Administration (371.2 Ed836 2002/2 volumes/SSHEL Reserves) – As suggested by the title, this two volume handbook is characterized by “broadly international authorship and global perspective” (from the Preface). The chapters are organized around six themes: leadership and school improvement; leadership in the creation of community; leadership in diverse contexts; organizational learning and leadership; the context for educational leadership in the twenty-first century; and leadership development. Separate name and subject indexes are included at the end of volume two.



Guidelines for citing electronic and print resources are available from the Undergraduate Library’s 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 Managers” 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

Use our Ask-A-Librarian Service to IM, chat, email, phone or find a reference librarian.

Nancy O’Brien
Office: Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library, 100 Main Library
Email:  npobrien@illinois.edu

Contact a librarian to request an appointment for an in-depth Research Consultation.

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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