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Education Index

New York: Wilson, 1929–. An author-subject database of articles in education journals, books, and yearbooks, including both research-based studies and material on classroom practice. Online versions of this index may include abstracts and full text of selected journals.

ERIC: Education Resources Information Center

Washington: Institute of Education Sciences, 1966–. Provides descriptive abstracts of over a million journal articles and ERIC documents—research reports, conference papers, curriculum guides, and other materials—that are not formally published otherwise. This database service is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and is available free online 

Educator’s Reference Desk A directory of resource guides and lesson plans, searchable by grade level, as well as a collection of questions and answers about a variety of education topics. The site is a project of the Information Institute of Syracuse.

GEM: The Gateway to Educational Materials A directory of online classroom materials. This site, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, offers a sophisticated search engine as well as options to browse by keyword, subject, grade level, or type of resource. Search results lead to lesson plans, curriculum units, and other Web materials for educators.

National Center for Education Statistics Provides a wealth of statistical data on schools and libraries in the United States, including academic achievement; the condition of schools; comparative information on school districts, colleges, and libraries; dropout rates; enrollment trends; school safety; and more. The center is a unit of the U.S. Department of Education.

Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Education

Ed. Leslie R. Williams and Doris P. Fromberg. New York: Garland, 1992. Offers articles on historical, political, economic, sociocultural, intellectual, and educational influences on early childhood education.

Encyclopedia of Education

Ed. James W. Guthrie. 2nd ed. 8 vols. New York: Macmillan Reference, 2003. More than 850 articles cover education theory, history of education, education and social forces, and education reform efforts. Emphasis is on the U.S. experience but the work provides some international perspectives. Volume 8 includes primary sources and a thematic outline.

Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology

Ed. Neil J. Salkind. 2 vols. Los Angeles: Sage, 2008. Provides accessible overviews of research in the field, including cognitive development, gender, peers and peer influence, testing, and classroom management.

Philosophy of Education: An Encyclopedia

Ed. J. J. Chambliss. New York: Garland, 1996. Offers substantial analyses covering various philosophers and their contributions to the field of education; philosophical topics such as behaviorism, critical thinking, and epistemology; and concepts such as school and truth from a philosophical angle.

World Education Encyclopedia: A Survey of Educational Systems Worldwide

Ed. Rebecca Marlow-Ferguson. 2nd ed. 3 vols. Detroit: Gale Group, 2002. Provides overviews of education at all levels throughout the world and some discussion of administration and finance, research, and the state of the profession. The appendix includes comparative statistical tables and maps.