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ED 150 Early Childhood Cognition:
A Research Guide

Find books                                                              Internet links

Find background information                         Citation guides

Find articles and essays                     

These are only some of the sources that may be useful to you.  Please contact me for help with any of your research,  BethAnn Zambella, x1428 or email AskUs.

Find articles and essays

There are two general education resources, ERIC and Education Research Complete.. Academic Search Premier is a general database that covers the fields of education, psychology and sociology well.

Academic Search Premier (via EBSCOhost) 1975+.
Large academic multi-disciplinary database, provides full text for more than 4,500 publications. Great starting point for any topic.

Education Research Complete. 1990+. (some 1930+). Full text of 1300+ education journals covering early childhood to higher ed, and all educational specialties, such as special ed, counseling, curriculum instruction, and related social issues.

ERIC  (via EBSCOhost) 1966+
There are 2 parts to ERIC:
• ERIC Documents can be identified by ED numbers. Some documents are available full-text within ERIC. They are also available from October 2002+  at the GPO Access Web site. ERIC documents have not been peer-reviewed.
• ERIC journal articles have EJ numbers. Some are linked within ERIC; for others, check our Locate E-town Journals list.
Tip: If you get a lot of results, limit your search to 
Journal Articles in the "Journal or Document" box.

PsycINFO (via EBSCOhost) 1887+. 
The American Psychological Association (APA) indexes and summarizes peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations.

Other databases may be useful to you, depending on your specific topic and approach. AskUs for some customized suggestions.

• It's not always easy to distinguish between scholarly, popular and trade sources. See this handy chart for tips.

Find journals

Use Locate E-Town Journals to see which journals you can get. Some titles are within the High Library itself (in print, microfiche, or microfilm), others are available electronically in various databases. If the journal is held, check to see if the dates you need are available. This is a powerful gateway to about 33,000 titles!

If the periodical you want is in microfilm or microfiche, you can order copies of the articles online by using  ILLiad   Click on Request an Article and fill out the form. You will receive an email with a link when the article is available, usually within 24-48 hours (M-F).

Articles that are not available either in the library or in library databases can be ordered on interlibrary loan, through ILLiad. ILL can take anywhere from 3-5 business days, on average.

Internet links

How People Learn  Free online version of the National Academies Press book, How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School.

Learning-theories.com  This knowledge base and webliography covers the basics of behavioral, cognitive and constructivist learning theories.

Find books

You can find more than books in the catalogs below. You can also find out which journals a library subscribes to, and lists of videos, music, etc
High Library catalog

For books, DVD's, etc. not available at E-town, use WorldCat (via FirstSearch), and click on the "Request on Interlibrary Loan" link once you find the item you want.

Find background information

Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science  Ref 153.03 En56  4 volumes

Encyclopedia of Human Behavior  Ref 150.3 En564  4 volumes

Encyclopedia of Learning and Memory  Ref 153.103 En56

Encyclopedia of Psychology Ref 150.3 En563  8 volumes

Handbook of Child Psychology  Ref 136.7 C212m5  4 volumes

MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences Ref 153.03 M679

Evaluating resources, on the Web and off

Evaluating Information Found on the Internet  This guide can be applied equally to Internet and non-Internet resources, from Johns Hopkins.

Evaluate Internet Resources  UMUC provides a checklist of questions to ask about an Internet resource or any information resource.

Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask UC Berkeley provides a great evaluative framework in a graphically-pleasing chart.

Five Criteria for Evaluating Web Pages  A chart from Cornell's Web site.

What's in a URL?  IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) list of generic top-level domain name endings (like .com, .gov).

Writing your Paper

You can get help from a writing tutor at the Center for Student Success/Learning Services at E-town.

Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University can help with any aspect of writing and organizing your thoughts.

University of North Carolina Writing Center offers a great number of handouts to help you begin and finish your paper.

Citing your Sources

APA Style.org  Directly from the American Psychological Association.

Citing Electronic Sources--APA Style From the librarians at Etown.

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