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Education Journals Online

September 28, 2010

This post is brought to you by a question from Mrs. Horsen about whether we subscribed to any teaching journals. The answer is that we do, but they’re hidden!

Those are just a few of the 500+ full-text journals on the Theory and Practice of Education that are available to you through the library (and don’t forget the 300+ education journals available through the Directory of Open Access Journals).

a screenshot of the page for the journal Childhood Education in Educator's Reference Center

Browsing

You can use any of the links above to browse through the contents of your favorite journal.

Searching

You can search within individual journals using the links to them. Many will feature a search box for that specific journal like the one in the screenshot of Childhood Education above.

If you’re more interested in a particular topic (say, approaches to teaching the scientific method to elementary students or ways of assessing student learning outcomes in social studies, you can do a general search across a variety of sources via Educator’s Reference Center, Teacher Reference Center, or ERIC.

Subscribing

But why waste time browsing or searching when you can have information come directly to you? Let’s say you’re particularly interested in the journal Childhood Education. Above is a screenshot of how the journal appears in Educator’s Reference Center. In the upper right hand corner are three little orange and yellow buttons. If you click on the middle one, you’ll get a screen that looks like this:

a screenshot showing subscription options for Childhood Education

Just enter your email address, choose how often you want to be updated, and click save. (If you use a feed reader such as Google Reader or Netvibes, you can also subscribe via RSS, which is a great option if you have a ton of websites you like to check a lot and want them all to come to the same place. If you’re curious, I’d be happy to help set you up.)

You can also subscribe to searches in many databases. Here, for instance, is a keyword search for elementary assessment limited to full-text articles, and you’ll see the same subscription options (Note: to get the  best results with search subscriptions, you’ll want to define your search pretty well. Your friendly local librarian would be happy to help!)a screenshot showing the search and subscription options for a search for elementary assessement in Educator's Reference Center

In addition to the links in this post, I’ve also included links to many of these resources in the sidebar of this blog and on the Research page of the library website.

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