Below are links to databases and electronic resources that support the study of education policy and related areas of research. For additional resources, GO HERE.
Databases that offer multidisciplinary coverage of education policy literature from scholarly and non-scholarly sources.
- CQ Researcher -- in-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. Reports are published weekly 44 times a year.
- Google Scholar -- the scholarly part of the Google empire. To set up Google Scholar with access to full-text journals and databases, go here.
- JSTOR -- a multidisciplinary archive of scholarly journal articles covering most major disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. Useful for identifying historical research on a topic.
- ProQuest -- comprehensive, multidisciplinary database of newspaper, magazine, and scholarly journal articles updated daily. Content is more focused and manageable than Google Scholar.
SPECIALIZED RESEARCH RESOURCES
- ERIC -- database is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide extensive access to education literature. Coverage of journal articles, conferences, meetings, government documents, theses, dissertations, reports, audiovisual media, bibliographies, directories, books and monographs Coverage is from 1966 to the present.
- Educational Administration Abstracts -- provides indexing and abstracting for articles in more than 100 journals related to the administration of primary, secondary and post-secondary educational facilities and programs. subjects covered include personnel, curriculum, school-community relations, supervision, minority group relations, and professional education. Coverage is from 2003 to present.
- Education Index Retrospective -- indexes more than 800 periodicals and yearbooks, and cites approximately 850,000 articles, including book reviews from 1929-1983. Subject coverage includes, for example, adult education, continuing education, literacy standards, multicultural/ethnic education, teaching methods. Access to the database is limited to three simultaneous users.
Related Research Databases
- Child Development and Adolescent Studies -- provides citations to current and historical social and behavioral sciences literature related to growth and development of children through the age of 21, including book reviews, abstracts from hundreds of journals, technical reports, books, book chapters, and theses and dissertations.
- Family Studies Abstracts -- this database includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to family studies, including marriage, divorce, family therapy, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. May be useful in identifying research on the relationships between education and family dynamics.
- PsycINFO -- database with more than three million records devoted to peer-reviewed literature of journal articles, chapters, books, dissertations and reports in psychology, the behavioral sciences, and mental health.
Sociological Abstracts -- primary resource for accessing the latest research in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. The database draws information from an international selection of over 2,600 journals and other serials publications, plus conference papers, books, and doctoral dissertations.
Databases that offer the opportunity to understand and contemplate the implications of policy decisions through the eyes of those who may be most impacted by those decisions.
- Chicano Database -- bibliographic index focuses on the Mexican-American and Chicano experience, and the broader Latino experience of Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans and Central American immigrants since 1992. Covers Chicano/a art, education, folklore, health. history, labor, language and literature, music, politics, public policy, religion, sociology, and women's studies.
- Ethnic NewsWatch -- includes current and archival coverage of newspapers, magazines and journals from ethnic and minority presses. Very important database for gaining a perspective and an understanding of civic engagement from underrepresented groups and minorities.
- GenderWatch -- a full-text database that focus on the impact of gender across a broad spectrum of subject areas. Publications include academic and scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, regional publications, books, booklets and pamphlets, conference proceedings, and government, NGO and special reports.
- LGBT Life -- the premier resource to the world\'s literature regarding Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Transsexual issues with coverage that includes traditional academic, lifestyle, and regional publications, as well as non-periodical content such as non-fiction books, bibliographies and dissertations.
DATA AND STATISTICS
College Scorecard -- highlights key indicators about the cost and value of higher education institutions across the country. Key indicators include: academic programs, SAT/ACT scores, costs, financial aid & debt (including cohort default rates), graduation and retention rates, student body statistics, earnings after school.
Condition of Education -- provides key indicators of the condition of education in the United States. These indicators summarize important developments and trends using the latest statistics and are updated as data become available. A Congressionally mandated annual report is provided to the White House and Congress each year.
ED Data Inventory -- describes all data, including links to NCES data, reported to the U.S. Department of Education, with the exception of personnel and administrative data. It includes data collected as part of grant activities, along with statistical data collected to allow publication of valuable statistics about the state of education in this country. The ED Data Inventory includes descriptive information about each data collection, along with information on the specific data elements in individual collections.
Federal Student Aid Data Center -- produced by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid, the site includes links to student aid data and school data pertaining to Title IV programs.
IPEDS -- this is the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, a system of interrelated surveys conducted annually by the U.S. Department’s National Center for Education Statistics. IPEDS gathers information from every college, university, and technical and vocational institution that participates in the federal student financial aid programs.
National Assessment of Educational Progress -- a congressionally mandated project since 1969, the agency provides common measures what U.S. students know and can do in mathematics, reading, science, and many other subjects across the nation, states, and in some urban districts.
- National Center for Education Statistics -- the most comprehensive educational data resource in the United States, NCES is the statistical data arm of the U.S. Department of Education, and the central clearinghouse for statistical information about education of all types.
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