|Online Databases and Websites in Education
Databases - scholarly material, citation only and full text
E Books - use free electronic texts when you can't find the printed book
Government sites - local, state, federal and international; also historical texts
Search Engines for Kids - great for teachers too, resources labeled for age appropriate grades
Web Directories - subject guides to selective and carefully chosen sites on the Web
Web Resources - selective list of free sites
Web Search in a Nutshell - getting started in library research
Subscription Databases Available Only to the WSU Community:
Credo Reference - a good place to start. With one simple search you can find background material from hundreds of subject encyclopedias such as the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development, and Handbook of Research on the Education of Young Children.
ERIC - Citation and abstract information from over 750 educational journals and related documents from the Educational Resource Information Center, and report literature dating back to 1966. More than 107,000 non-journal documents (issued 1993-2004) are available full-text at no cost. We have 3 different ways to access ERIC:
- via EBSCO Host (familiar interface)
- via ProQuest (cross search other areas in the social sciences)
- or Free ERIC - the government site
- ProQuest Education Journals - Search the leading full-text journals in education and related fields with coverage beginning in 1988. 745 top educational publications, including nearly 600 of the titles in full text.
- EBSCO databases: Professional Development Collection A highly specialized collection of nearly 360 full-text journals, designed for professional educators. Information from children's health to cutting-edge pedagogical theory and practice. The more general Academic Search Complete is also useful for education topics and contains a good deal of full text.
Teacher Reference Center - provides journal information for K-12 teachers and librarians. Includes over 260 titles from the most popular trade journals on key educational topics.
Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia - good for school projects
- Gale/InfoTrac Databases: Academic One File indexes peer-reviewed, full text articles available in HTML or PDF formats from the world's leading journals and reference sources. Also has full text New York Times content back to 1995, hundreds of podcasts and transcripts from radio and television broadcasts.
This site also contains Educator's Reference Complete for teachers and school administrators. Finally, there are also 3 databases targeted for specific age groups:
Student Edition - for high school students; Junior Edition - for K - 12 and Kid Info Bits -for K-5
Funded by the Massachusetts Regional Library System.
- Public Affairs International. Public affairs and worlds issues with coverage from 1972 to the present. An index to over 1/2 million articles, books, government documents, Internet sites and documents from more than 120 countries. Obviously useful for global education issues.
- Kraus Curriculum Development Library. Quick and easy access to the 20th edition documents. Fully searchable utilizing ERIC descriptors and also searchable by subject, keywords, grades and geographic location.4500 curriculum documents from across the English-speaking world. [Older editions can be searched using print indexes that refer to our microfiche collection.]
- New! Children's Literature Review, Something About the Author - search both titles simultaneously by scrolling down to the first link under "Additional Products" and click on Literature Criticism Online, Something About the Author. Online coverage begins in mid-2009. To search earlier editions, see the print volumes of each series shelved in the Juvenile Reference section in the Library: Children's Literature Review Ref/Z1037/A1/C5; Something About the Author Juv Ref/920/So54.
- Newspapers. Our Web page that provides links to the 14 major Massachusetts newspapers including the Boston Globe and Worcester Telegram; also 27 national papers such as the Los Angeles Times and Washington Post. Provides access to Lexis-Nexis and other archive research databases for full text of regional, national and international news stories along with links to other news media.
- E Books are here at Net Library. A good supplement to the actual book when it is not available through traditional means, or time is of the essence. Extensive list of titles in Education from curriculum reform, creativity in the classroom, to technology in education, etc. Remote access is available if you first set up an account using our link. Info for first time users (PDF).
more E-book collections
- Biography Resource Center Includes full text articles from hundreds of periodicals. Search by nationality, birth or death year, ethnicity, occupation, gender - or combine criteria for a highly customized search. Includes the full text for Who's Who in Education.
More Online Biography Resources
Other Web Resources - selective list of free sites
- Caldecott (1938 to present) and Newbery (1922 to present) medal award winners. we have a standing order for annual medal titles; check the Library online catalog for call numbers and availability
- The Condition of Education - a congressionally mandated annual report that summarizes important developments and trends in education using the latest available statistics. The Condition of Education 2012 contains 49 indicators, plus a Closer Look.
- Database of Award Winning Children's Literature - searchable by age
- Education World - huge database of educational-related sites; lesson plans and games, integrating technology, professional development, school issues, administrator's desk.
- Educator's Reference Desk - From the Information Institute of Syracuse; brings you 2,000+ lesson plans, 3,000+ links to online education information, and 200+ question archive responses
- Enchanted Learning - Enchanted Learning produces children's educational web sites, games, and quizzes designed to capture the imagination; geared to pre-school through elementary
- GEM Gateway to Educational Materials - Access to over 40,000 educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit and commercial Internet sites. Collection can be browsed through keyword or topic index. Also has "limiters" such as grade level and type of resource (such as lesson plans, curriculum guides, activities, etc.).
- Global SchoolNet - linking kids around the world in meaningful projects for improving communication and literacy skills
- International Ed - sponsored by the Asia Society to promote understanding of other cultures and educational pedagogy
- Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators - categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. Update frequently to include the best sites for teaching and learning. Sponsored by the Discovery Channel.
- Little Red Schoolhouse Library - specialty search engines designed for elementary to high school age children. 56 subject categories geared to hobbies and school subjects
- Lesson Plans - thousands of free lesson plans, articles, tips and other resources for teachers, including a teaching resources search engine.
- Teachers First - resources by subject and grade levels 1-12
- Teachers Net Lesson Plans -
- Teachers Reference Center - a free resource from EBSCO. Indexes more than 260 top periodicals and trade journals for educators. Bibliographic database covers assessment, best practices, continuing education, curriculum development, elementary and higher education, language arts, teacher training, etc.
Museum Sites - most museums (art, science, history) have a tab for education resources
- American Memory - invaluable resource for teachers; entire section for how teachers can use the resources in the classroom; also has a "today's date in history". Historic video, audio, photographs, etc.
- Smithsonian - left menu has links to separate sections for kids, another for teachers. Tabs at top of screen for Exhibitions and Research.
- Museum Stuff - links to museums worldwide and 8,000 other museum related links
Go to the Reference Shelf page for links to sites on financial aid, scholarships, and the Peterson's Guides.
Search Engines for Kids -
Since these are age-appropriate, they are also a great source of pictures, games, activities and learning resources suitable for use by teachers.
- Ask for Kids - filtered; no sites on Surf Watch are linked
- Awesome Library - 17,000 sites in a directory. Carefully reviewed, including the top 5% in education.
- Cyber Sleuth - Kids K-12 student friendly links; sections for topics such as holidays, science fair, US history, inventors, explorers...more. Also sections for Internet safety, crossword and Sudoku puzzles, coloring pages and clipart
- Dib Dab Do - a smarter, safer way to search the Internet. Also categories.
- Fact Monster - from Information Please Almanac. Facts and information around the needs of children.
- Internet Search Engines for Kids - all kinds of links to specialty sites for biology, general science, history, etc. as well as resources such as dictionaries...
- Kidoz - simple navigation; contains games, videos, e-mail and websites. Once you download it, your child can start surfing kid-friendly sites - free download (no spyware or adware).
- Kids Click - web search directory for kids compiled by librarians, winner of the American Library Assoc. award for "Great Website." Good for K-7.
- Kids.Gov - educational links from government and other sources. Good for kids looking for information that is age appropriate and for teachers developing lesson plans. Two tabs: K-5 and grades 6-8.
- On-Lion for Kids! the NY Public Library has put together a great collection of information about children's books and authors, as well as a collection of Internet links that are of interest to kids, teachers and parents.
- Surfing the Net with Kids - website reviews for kids, teachers and families. Organized by broad subject headings. Tons of information.
- Think Quest - from Oracle Education Foundation; innovative learning resources
- Web Smart Kids - nonprofit educational initiative that helps families use the Internet safely and effectively.
- Yahoo! Kids - In addition to the search box, has sections for jokes, entertainment, Internet safety, for parents...more.
Government Sites -
Check out our links to government resources for free, reliable and authoritative material. A great site of note is by the National Endowment for the Humanities -The Best of the Humanities on the Web covering art & culture, literature, history and foreign languages. Every website profiled on the site has been reviewed for content, design and educational impact in the classroom. The site contains dozens of lessons plans to promote active learning.
There are excellent subject directories on the web. that can point you to the best online resources in specific areas of education. These human guides to the Internet are a great way to find the best of the Web, and often find sites that can't be accessed by search engines. The best ones to use in education for scholarly material are:
- IPL2 - Carefully chosen links to thousands of the best Websites for research information. You can search sections divided by Resources by Subject, Newspapers and Magazines, or Special Collections Created by the IPL2 – or simply enter your topic in the search box. Site formed by the Jan. 2010 merger of the Internet Public Library [IPL] and Librarians Internet Index [LII].
- InfoMine - Virtual library of scholarly Internet resources. Features well organized access; notable for its collection of annotated and indexed links.
- Academic Info - gateway to freely available academic resources on the web, with annotated entries. General links, related topics, in the news sections.
More subject directories on the web