Education home > Recommended Databases
Begin by reading the descriptions for the "primary" databases listed below to find the database which seems to include the type of information you are seeking. To gather all the information you need though, you may need to search several databases from the primary list. Databases are available to current Webster and Eden faculty, staff, and students.
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- This Ebscohost database from the Educational Resource Information Center combines coverage of Resources in Education (RIE) and Journals in Education (CIJE) to provide access to journal articles and ERIC documents. All aspects of education are covered in this database. Covers 1966 to the present. The Webster-Eden Library has ERIC Documents on microfiche with numbers from ED348466 to ED483046. Some ERIC documents are available full-text from the U.S. Department of Education website. ERIC also connects to another database to provide full-text for selected articles.
- This EBSCO database lists materials on all areas of psychology, educational psychology, and related fields. It is produced by the American Psychological Association and covers from 1887 to the present. Indexes over 1700 journals, as well as selected dissertations and books. PsycInfo connects to a number of other sources to provide full-text for selected journals and books. A list of the journals covered by this database can be found at http://www.apa.org/psycinfo/covlist.html.
Other key databases for education:
- Mental Measurements Yearbook & Tests in Print
- Contains critical reviews and descriptive information for more than 1,000 commercially available instruments.
- PsycARTICLES is a much smaller database than PsycInfo. It contains more than 25,000 searchable full-text articles from over 40 journals published by the American Psychological Association and allied organizations from 1988 to the present, with earlier years in production. The PsycARTICLES database covers general psychology and specialized basic, applied, clinical, and theoretical research in psychology. A list of the journals covered in this database is available at http://www.apa.org/psycarticles/covlist.html.
- "...a database of more than 10,000 chapters in PDF from over 600 books published by APA and other distinguished publishers. The database includes most scholarly titles published by APA from copyright years 1953 - 2004. It also includes 100 out-of-print books, an additional 70+ classic books of landmark historical impact in psychology, and the exclusive electronic release of more than 1,500 authored entries from the APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology" (vendor description). A list of the books covered in this database is available at http://www.apa.org/psycbooks/covlist.html.
- SocINDEX with Full Text
- This database covers journals, books, and conference papers in areas such as anthropology, sociology, gerontology, psychology, immigration, refugees, native American Indians, etc.
It's also a good idea to analyze your research topic closely to see if other databases can provide additional research information. This is often the case with interdisciplinary topics, which span many subject areas. For example, if you're studying religious curriculua in parochial schools, try ATLA Religion Database as well as ERIC.
- ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials (formerly ATLAS)
- This Ebscohost database covers periodicals, multi-author works, and book reviews in all areas of religion, church history, theology, and pastoral counseling. Coverage from 1949 to present. A list of the journals covered by this database is available at http://www.atla.com/products/titles/titles_atlas.html.
- Family & Society Studies Worldwide
- A comprehensive index to the literature on marriage and the family, parenting, gender issues, sexuality and reproduction, etc. It includes records from the Inventory of Marriage and Family Literature and the Australian Family and Society Abstracts. Coverage from 1970-present.
- Gender Studies Database
- Features extensive coverage of the social sciences literature related to gender issues. The database combines 12 files, including Women's Studies International, Men's Studies, and Sexual Diversity Studies, the latter with an emphasis on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities. Indexes books, dissertations, conference papers, scholarly and popular periodicals, and selected websites. Coverage varies but much is from 1972 to the present.
- Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (an EBSCO database)
- Provides coverage on subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. LISTA indexes more than 600 periodicals plus books, research reports, and proceedings. Coverage from the mid-1960s to the present.
- MAS Ultra: School Edition (an EbscoHost database)
- A general reference database designed for high school and junior college students. It provides articles and reports from hundreds of K-12 magazines, Essential Documents in American History ( a database of over 1,000 original historical documents), CIA World Factbook, Magill's Book Reviews, and full text for many Macmillan reference books.
- PAIS International
- This database focuses on literature concerned with public policy. It contains more than 400,000 records representing articles, books, conference proceedings, government documents, book chapters, and statistical directories. It is an excellent source for statistical information. Produced by the Public Affairs Information Service, subjects include agriculture, banking, business, demographics, education, environment, finance, government, law and legislation, political science, public administration, and international relations.