James H. Thomason Library

EDUC 440: Capstone Seminar
Reference Sources


  Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Thesauri
  Handbooks, Guides, Companions
  Bibliographies: Children's & Adolescent Lit.
Locating Books
  PASCAL Catalog
  WorldCat & Interlibrary Loan
  eBook Collections
Locating Articles
  Scholarly Article Databases
  Key Journals
  Journal Finder
Web Sites
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Reference Sources:    
Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Thesauri   back to top

A Critical Dictionary of Educational Concepts: An Appraisal of Selected Ideas and Issues in Educational Theory and Practice, St. Martin’s Press, 1986.
Main Level, Reference: R 370.321 B279C

A Dictionary of Psychology [Oxford Reference Online], Oxford University Press, 2006.
Includes definitions of terms related to developmental psychology, cognition, etc.

Early Childhood Education: An International Encyclopedia, Praeger Publishers, 2007. 
Main Level, Reference: R 372.2103 Ea76E [4 vols]

Encyclopedia of American Education, Facts on File, 2001.
Main Level, Reference: R 370.973 Un3E [3 vols]
This set contains over 2,000 entries covering topics such as the evolution of school curriculum, education funding, and church-state controversies, multiculturalism. Appendices include an extensive bibliography for each subject area; a general chronology of American education since 1607; a summary of significant federal education legislation.

Encyclopedia of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education, Multilingual Matters, 1998.
Main Level, Reference: R 370.1175 En19E

Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media [SAGE eReference], SAGE Publishers, 2006.
Covers the traditional and electronic media and their impact on children and adolescents with state-of-the-art research and ready-to-use facts.

Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies, Sage Reference, 2010.

Main Level, Reference: R 375.0003 En19E [2 vols]
A comprehensive introduction to the academic field of curriculum studies for the scholar, student, teacher, and administrator introducing terms, events, documents, biographies, and concepts to assist the reader in understanding aspects of this rapidly changing, expansive, and contested field of study.

Encyclopedia of Children, Adolescents, and the Media Bookcover

Encyclopedia of Education, Macmillan Reference USA, 2003.
Main Level, Reference: R 370.3 En19E3 [8 vols]
This set covers a wide range of educational topics. The primary focus is on U.S. practices and institutions, from preschool to higher education. However, international coverage can be found throughout the set in articles on countries or regions.

Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration [SAGE eReference], SAGE Publishers, 2006.
Describes the theories, research, terms, concepts, ideas, and histories that represent educational leadership and school administration as it is taught in preparation programs and practiced in schools today.

Encyclopedia of Educational Research, Macmillan, 1992.
Main Level, Reference: R 370.78 En19E 1992 [4 vols].

The Encyclopedia of Learning Disabilities. Carol Turkington and Joseph R. Harris. 2nd ed.

Facts on File, 2006. Main Level, Reference: R 371.903 T847E

Encyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology [SAGE eReference] Yo Jackson, editor. SAGE Publications, 2006.

Encyclopedia of Multiculturalism, Marshall Cavendish Pubs., 1994-1998.  
Main Level, Reference: R 306.446 En19E [8 vols]

Encyclopedia of School Psychology [SAGE eReference], SAGE Publishers, 2005.
A comprehensive guide to this field, featuring research on school learning, motivation, educational assessment, behavior disorders, intelligence testing, learning disabilities, and strategies to improve academic skills.

The Greenwood Dictionary of Education, Greenwood Press, 2003.
Main Level, Reference: R 370.3 G856G

Historical Dictionary of School Segregation and Desegregation: The American Experience. Jeffrey A. Raffel, Greenwood Press, 1998.

Main Level, Reference:  R 379.263 R122H

Learning Theories, A to Z, Oryx Press, 2002.
Main Level, Reference: R 370.3 L553L
Provides definitions for 500 terms and identifies the major area of learning theory under which each term falls: behaviorism, cognitivism, constructivism, humanism, organizational learning, or educational technology.

Philosophy of Education: The Key Concepts  (EBSCO eBook Collection). Christopher Winch and John Gingell.   2nd ed., Routledge, 2008.

Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors Online thesaurus via federal government site.

Provides terms for use as controlled vocabulary (descriptors) in searching the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) database. Brief scope notes (definitions) within an educational context are provided for many terms.


The Thesaurus is also available within the ERIC database  (EBSCO)

Click on the Thesaurus link in blue band at top of page.  When used with the ERIC database from EBSCO, terms can be selected from the Thesaurus and added to your search.

Also available: print edition (older edition): Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors, Oryx Press, 2001. Main Level, Ready Reference: RR 025.4937 T343T



Handbooks, Guides, Companions   back to top

Assessing Student Understanding in Science : A Standards-Based K-12 Handbook. Sandra K. Enger, Robert E. Yager. Corwin, c2009.  Lower Level: 372.35 En32A

Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Reference Handbook. Raphael Bernier & Jennifer Gerdts.

ABC-CLIO, 2010EBSCO eBook Collection.

The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion. Richard A. Shweder, editor in chief. University of Chicago Press, 2009. [EBSCO eBook Collection]

Also available in print: Main Level, Reference: R 305.2303 C437C

Culturally Proficient Instruction: A Guide for People Who Teach, Corwin Press, 2002.  
Lower Level, Curriculum Collection:
370.117 C899C



A Handbook for the Art and Science of Teaching. Robert J. Marzano and John L. Brown. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, c2009. [EBSCO eBook Collection].

Handbook of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. John W. Jacobson, James A. Mulick, and Johannes Rojahn, editors. Springer, c2007. [Springer eBooks].


Handbook of Intercultural Training, Sage Publications, 2004.
Upper Level, Circulating Collection:
303.482 H191H

Handbook of Special Education James M. Kauffman and Daniel P. Hallahan, editors. Routledge, 2011.[EBSCO eBook Collection]

Multicultural and Ethnic Children's Literature in the United States, Scarecrow Press, 2007.
Main Level, Reference:
R 810.93529 G428M

The Routledge International Handbook of English, Language and Literacy Teaching.

Dominic Wyse, Richard Andrews and James Hoffman, editors.  Routledge, 2010. [EBSCO eBook Collection].

The Routledge International Handbook of the Sociology of Education. Michael W. Apple, Stephen J. Ball and Luis Armando, editors. Routledge, 2010. [EBSCO eBook Collection].

Bibliographies: Children's & Adolescent Literature   back to top

Building an ESL Collection for Young Adults: A Bibliography of Recommended Fiction and Nonfiction for Schools and Public Libraries, Greenwood Press, 1998.  
Main Level, Reference: R 016.4282 M123B

Kaleidoscope : A Multicultural Booklist for Grades K-8. and the Multicultural Booklist Committee of the National Council of Teachers of English  1994. 
Main Level, Reference: R 016.3058 K124K

Latina and Latino Voices in Literature: Lives and Works, Greenwood Press, 2003. 
Main Level, Reference: R 810.9868 D331L

Multicultural Children's Literature: An Annotated Bibliography, Grades K-8. , c1996.
Main Level, Reference: R 016.3058 L64M

Multicultural Picture Books: Art for Understanding Others, Linworth Pub, 1997.   
Main Level, Reference: R 028.55 M325M v.2 only

This Land is Our Land: A Guide to Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults, Main Level, Reference: R 016.8108 H366T

Writers of Multicultural Fiction for Young Adults: A Bio-critical Sourcebook, Greenwood Press, 1996.  
Main Level, Reference: R 813.009 W939W


Locating Books   back to top


Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              

Bender, William N [as AUTHOR]

  Dewey, John  [as SUBJECT]  
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to education.
  Learning, Psychology of
  Cognitive styles
  Active learning
  Mathematics -- Study and teaching (Elementary)
  Mathematics -- Study and teaching -- Research
  Reading (Elementary)
  Reading (Middle school) -- Handbooks, manuals, etc
Content area reading
  Science -- Study and teaching (Elementary) -- United States -- Case studies
  Science -- Study and teaching (Elementary) -- United States -- Evaluation
Self-esteem -- Study and teaching
  Self-esteem in children
Emotions in children
  Classroom management
  Classroom management -- United States -- Problems, exercises, etc
  Child development
  Multicultural Education--United States
  Children with disabilities -- Education (Early childhood) -- United States
  Inclusive education -- United States
  Mainstreaming in education -- United States
  Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
  Attention-deficit-disordered children -- Education
  Autism in children

Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • If you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use, try a KEYWORD search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips

Add * to the root of a word to truncate or expand
a term (up to 5 addtional letters)

assess*= assess, assessment, assessing, etc.

read*= read, reads, reading, reader, readers, etc.

Use double asterisks ** to retrieve unlimited number of letters at the end of a word stem in Thomcat and PASCAL catalogs.

math**= math, mathematics, mathematical, etc.

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
diversity AND classroom

developmentally appropriate AND activities

science* AND instruction

· Use OR between words to expand your search and
group words with parentheses:

diversity OR multiculturalism

behavior management OR classroom discipline

instruction OR teaching

·When combining AND with OR terms,

use NESTING (parentheses) around "OR' terms

science AND (instruction OR teaching)

Try KEYWORD searching with THOMCAT, other library catalogs & journal article databasess


PASCAL   back to top

If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your search here for books in other academic libraries in SC. Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.

WorldCat & Interlibrary Loan (ILL)    

WorldCat – A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in PASCALCAT.

Interlibrary Loan - ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Check link for instructions.

eBook Collections    


EBSCO eBook Collections

Collections of over 100,000 electronic books covering a vast array of topics and themes.

PLEASE NOTE:  The above link will search both the EBSCO eBook Collection and the EBSCO eBook Academic Collection.

ebrary eBook Collection 
Approximatley 70,000 electronic books covering a vast array of topics and themes.


Most of the ebooks from these collections are also included in THOMCAT, the Library's catalog.

Locating Articles:    
Scholarly Article Databases   back to top

The following journal databases are available to PC students, faculty, and staff from on- and off-campus locations.  Search using terms dealing with your topic.


ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, provides access to education literature and resources. The database provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. ERIC contains more than 1,300,000 records and links to more than 323,000 full-text documents from ERIC back to 1966.  Links provided to full-text articles in Academic Search Premier database

The ERIC database includes the ERIC Thesaurus, a complete list of descriptive terms used by ERIC to index and search the database.

Education Full Text

Indexing and full-text of articles covering all aspects of education. Content includes in-depth coverage of special education and more than 100,000 controlled and cross-referenced names of educational tests

Education Journals (in Education Full Text, ERIC, and Academic Search Complete).

Use the EBSCO search interface to search for education journals across multiple databases.

Academic Search Complete  [EBSCOhost]

Scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals

PsycINFO [EBSCOhost]
This databases provides citations with abstracts and some linked full text for journals and other publications in psychology. Includes coverage for developmental psychology and educational psychology.

Full-text articles from psychology journals, most of which are published by the American Psychological Association. Includes coverage of educational psychology and developmental psychology articles.


Key Journals   back to top


Early Childhood Education Journal
Directed to early childhood educators, child care providers, researchers, & early childhood program administrators, the contents of this journal include refereed articles, case studies, program descriptions, and print & non-print media reviews.


Early Childhood Education Journal

Concerned with all levels of education, the focus is on teaching and innovative practices. Research-based, theoretical, or essay articles are included.

Educational Leadership
Published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). Provides association information, books reviews, essay and opinion articles. Directed to elementary, middle school, and secondary school leaders. Topics include curriculum instruction, supervision, and leadership.

The Elementary School Journal
Focuses on educational theory & research and its impact on teaching within the elementary and middle school classroom.

Journal of Curriculum Studies
Addresses questions of theory, practice & policy-making in all areas of curriculum & teaching.

Kappa Delta Pi Record
Published quarterly, this journal presents practical articles on compelling topics and issues important to practicing educators who teach at all levels and in a wide range of disciplines in classrooms and other educational settings. By providing the best teaching strategies, ideas, and examples of applied theory, concepts, and practice, the Record encourages and promotes professional growth in the field of education.

Mathematics Teacher, print only, PC holdings

Published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, print only, PC holdings

Published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Mathematics Teaching

Published by the Association of Teachers of Mathematics (UK).

Middle School Journal, print only, PC Holdings
This refereed journal published five times per year by the National Middle School Association offers articles that promote middle level education and contribute to an understanding of the educational and developmental needs of youth between the ages of 10 and 15.

Multicultural Education
A professional quarterly journal that publishes articles, reviews, interviews, practices, and listings of resources having to do with multicultural education.

Phi Delta Kappan
Contains articles related to educational research, leadership, & service. Regular features include legal cases, federal activity, and editorial commentaries.

Race Ethnicity and Education
Explores the dynamics of race, racism & ethnicity in education policy, theory & practice.

Reading Teacher
Focused on reading and literacy learning, this journal incorporates reviews of children’s books, research, theory & practice articles, essays, and program & practice reports.

Teaching Pre-K-8
A magazine for teachers that includes feature articles, notes on curriculum, education news, teaching with technology, teaching science, math and art, children's books and assessment.

Theory into Practice
Each issue has a thematic focus, and presents diverse views on a single topic related to educational issues, policies, or theories.


Journal Finder   back to top


Journal Finder provides access to PC's electronic and print journals, magazines, and newspapers in one convenient location.

Browse Journal Finder by title or subject. When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available via one of the Library's journal databases.

Library article databases are inter-connected by Journal Finder, which will lead you to the full-text of an article when available.


Web Sites   back to top

Multicultural Children's Literature Lesson Plans  [Children's Literature: Lesson Plans and Resources page]

The Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) 
A unique and vital gathering place for books, ideas, and expertise in the field of children's and young adult literature. The CCBC is a noncirculating examination, study, and research library for Wisconsin school and public librarians, teachers, early childhood care providers, university students, and others interested in children's and young adult literature.

Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD)

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics   The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is a public voice of mathematics education, providing vision, leadership and professional development to support teachers in ensuring equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students. Contains resources for mathematics educators at all levels. Includes links to lesson plans for pre-K-12, NCTM standards for school mathematics and conference listings

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) [U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences]
The primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

National Science Teachers Association


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