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  1. 1. LIBRARY RESOURCES FOR GRADUATE EDUCATION COURSES FINDING BACKGROUND MATERIAL IN THE REFERENCE COLLECTION Why look for material in the reference collection? Why start your research here? There are several good reasons:  To gain an overview or historical background on your subject;  To get suggestions for further reading;  To get ideas on choosing a topic, or broadening or narrowing your topic. The specialized encyclopedias and other reference books listed below may be of help to you. They all contain articles on language development and acquisition, literacy, reading or disabilities related to learning. APA Dictionary of Psychology, 2007. REF/BF/3/.A63 Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, 1994. REF/BF/31/.E5 Encyclopedia of Psychology, 2000. REF/BF/31/.E52/2000 Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science, 2001. REF/BF/31/.E52/2001 Comprehensive Handbook of Psychological Assessment, 2004. REF/BF/176/.C654 Mental Measurements Yearbook, 1938--. REF/BF/431/.M435. Contains reviews of tests on many different subjects, including reading and language. Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology, 2004. REF/BF/636/.E52 New Dictionary of the History of Ideas, 2005. REF/CB/9/.N49/2005 International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2001. REF/H/41/.I58/2001 Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2000. REF/HM/425/.E5 Encyclopedia of Social Psychology, 2007. REF/HM/107/.E53/2007 Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents and Media, 2007. REF/HQ/734/.M3/E53 Encyclopedia of Education and Human Development, 2005. REF/LB/15/.E473 Encyclopedia of Education, 2003. Online under Gale Virtual Reference Library. Previous 1971 edition is located at REF/LB/15/.E47 Encyclopedia of Educational Research, 1992. REF/LB/15/.E48 International Encyclopedia of Education, 1985. REF/LB/15/.I569 Encyclopedia of American Education, 1996. REF/LB/17/.U54 Encyclopedia of School Psychology, 2005. REF/LB/1027.55/.E523 Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology, 2008. REF/LB/1050.9/.E63/2008 Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Education, 1992. REF/LB/1139.25/.E53 Look at Chapter 4 (“Early Childhood Curricula,” p. 333-42). Tests in Print VII: An Index to Tests, 2006. REF/LB/3051/.T452/2006 Encyclopedia of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education, 1997. REF/LC/3707/.E53/1997 Encyclopedia of Special Education, 2000. REFLC/4007/.E53 Encyclopedia of Learning Disabilities, 2002. REF/LC/4704.5/.T86 International Encyclopedia of Linguistics, 2003. REF/P/29/.I58 Encyclopedia of Communication and Information, 2002. REF/P/87.5/.E53 Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, 1987. REF/RC/334/E53 Credo Reference, online Gale Virtual Reference Library, online Includes reference titles such as the Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood in History and Society the Encyclopedia of Education, the Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology, plus many more. Oxford Reference Online Note: If you are viewing this on your instructor’s ANGEL website, or the Guides and Publications link on the library website, note that this guide contains many live hyperlinks.
  2. 2. 2 FINDING MATERIAL IN THE CATALOG Kelly Library belongs to a consortium of libraries known as HAL (Holston Associated Libraries), and has a catalog that contains the holdings of its four members (E & H, King College, Washington County Public Library and Tazewell County Public Library). Your valid student ID will let you borrow books from any of these libraries. Besides containing the holdings of four libraries, the catalog has other powerful features, such as many ways to search and the ability to limit your search. Look at the example on the following page. The screen shot on the left shows a subject search (reading disability) and the shot on the right shows a portion of the records under the subject heading. Note the information provided in the record on the right. It is typical bibliographical information (author, title, place of publication, publisher and date). Also, please note there are more subject headings toward the bottom of the record, and that they are links. Here is a sampling of subject headings you might find useful. (Remember, it’s just a sample.) Books and reading Reading (secondary school) Children—language Reading—ability testing Dyslexia Reading—aids and devices Language acquisition Reading—language experience approach Language acquisition—parent participation Reading—parent participation Language & languages—study & teaching Reading—phonetic method Language arts Reading—physiological aspects Language transfer Reading—research Neurolinguistics Reading, psychology of Oral reading Reading comprehension Psycholinguistics Reading disability Reading (kindergarten) Reading readiness Reading (elementary) Sociolinguistics Reading (middle school) Note: these are just suggestions—there are many more related headings. Also, when you look in the catalog, you may find that the HAL libraries do not own many (or any) books under some of these headings. Or perhaps you are looking for more recent information. World Catalog can help you identify titles, and interlibrary loan can help you obtain them. There will be more discussion of this later in the guide. FINDING MATERIAL BY USING DATABASES Kelly Library subscribes to several indexes that will be useful in helping you locate material for research projects in this class. All of them are available through the A – Z Online Databases list. A good place to
  3. 3. 3 start would be the EBSCO databases. They are partially full-text (except PsycInfo) and include both popular and scholarly periodicals in a wide variety of academic fields. Try Academic Search Complete, Education Research Complete, ERIC, PsycArticles, PsycInfo (indexing only), Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, Teacher Reference Center. The user interfaces are very similar, so if you can use one EBSCO database, you shouldn’t have problems with the others. See the sample search below on dyslexia AND boys AND reading from Education Research Complete. If the article is full-text, you will see the full-text link to click. If the full-text symbol is missing, you’ll need to do a title search in the Full Text E-Journals list and the catalog to see if Kelly Library owns it or has electronic access to it in another database. If not, you can probably get a copy of the article through interlibrary loan. In addition to the EBSCO databases, Kelly Library subscribes to several others that might be useful for this class. General OneFile, MLA International Bibliography, JSTOR and World Catalog. The following example is a search on teaching AND reading AND girls in General OneFile. It is a partially full-text database of popular and scholarly articles. In the results screen below, note that there are several tabs across the top. Academic journals is the one being displayed.
  4. 4. 4 Another database is Modern Language Association (MLA) International Bibliography; this database is an index only, not full-text. Besides indexing material on literary criticism, it also covers linguistics and may lead you to relevant material, depending on your subject. Remember: If a periodical is not full-text in one database, check the Full Text E-Journals List to determine if it is full-text in another database that Kelly Library subscribes to. If there is no electronic access, do a title search in the online catalog, to see if the library has a paper subscription to that periodical. Another important source of journal articles is JSTOR, a full-text database of scholarly journals that is complete from volume 1, issue 1 for each periodical title. There is a time lag of two to five years. See the following example, which is a search on language acquisition AND child OR children AND poverty. World Catalog, an index of books and other monograph-type materials, is a good way to identify materials if the library does not own many materials on your topic. See the example from WC below—a search on functional literacy AND adults AND reading. This index, just as the other ones we have looked at so far, offers many limiting options.
  5. 5. 5 PEER-REVIEWED V. POPULAR? If you are not sure what the difference is between peer-reviewed / refereed / scholarly journals and popular magazines, take a look at this web site developed by Skidmore College ( INTERNET RESOURCES Some sites you might find useful are the International Reading Association site (, the Office of English Language Acquisition (, Improve Student Performance: Reading:Teacher Resources (, and the Tufts UniversityChild and Family Web Guide ( Ipl2 ( is a good indexsite for web pages. Of course, apply good judgment and be critical of web sites that are not signed or attributed to an organization, reach undocumented conclusions, or have lots of typographical errors. REMOTE ACCESS You can access these databases from home. To find directions on how to do this, go to the library home page ( and under A – Z list , Newspapers or Subject Resources links, click on Off-Campus Access Instructions ( Or, ask a reference librarian for directions. INTERLIBRARY LOAN Although Kelly Library has many books, periodicals and full-text electronic services, you will probably find citations to materials not owned by Kelly Library. Our staff will try to obtain these items for you through interlibrary loan ( The ordering system is electronic; you will have to complete a one-time registration before you can request items. If you need help with this, please speak with a library staff member. Also, please check the catalog (for books and print periodical holdings) and the Full-Text Journals list to make sure Kelly Library does not own the material. Generally, you should allow 5 to 7 working days to receive material requested through interlibrary loan, so plan accordingly. There is no charge for the first fifty requests per academic year; after that, there is a $5 minimum (or whatever the lending library charges Kelly Library). DOCUMENTATION Whenever you quote an author’s exact words or use his or her unique ideas, you must credit that source to avoid plagiarism. Academic fields have various documentation systems to credit the authors. Kelly Library has the MLA Handbook, Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations
  6. 6. 6 (Turabian), Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, APA Style Guide to Electronic References and The Chicago Manual of Style on permanent reserve at the Circulation Desk. For most education classes, you will use the Publication Manual of the APA. Diana Hacker’s A Writer’s Reference (also on permanent reserve) has a good section on the APA style, too. If you click on the Citing Resources link, you will see links to the Diana Hacker ( and Online Writing Lab, OWL (, at Purdue University sites. You might want to take a look at APA ( ) too. Remember: If you need help using or locating any of the materials mentioned in this handout, please ask a reference librarian or circulation staff member for assistance. If that staff member cannot help you, he or she will direct you to someone who can. The librarians are: Jane Caldwell, Patty Greany, Jody Hanshew, and Janet Kirby. The circulation staff members are: David Baber, David Lyons, Pat Maiden, Juanita Ratliff, Shelby Smith, Sara Beth White, and Tonya White. 276.944.6208 jec/E&H/9-2009/rev 8-10