Curriculum & Instruction
The primary database for the education discipline, ERIC is the world's largest source of education information. The ERIC database consists of two files: the Resources in Education (RIE) file of document (ED) citations and the Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE) file of journal article (EJ) citations from over 750 professional journals. The database contains more than 1 million abstracts (and some full text) of education-related documents and journal articles, with coverage back to 1966.
"Fulltext of over 400 periodicals in the field of Education."--UA database information page.
PsycINFO, from the American Psychological Association (APA), contains more than 2 million citations and summaries of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, all in psychology and related disciplines, dating as far back as the 1800s. The database also includes information about the psychological aspects of related fields such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business, law and others. Journal coverage, which spans 1887 to present, includes international material selected from nearly 2,000 periodicals in more than 25 languages.
Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD) provides over 2.4 million Children's and Young Adult Literature records containing more than 520,000 professional reviews of childrens books, multimedia and audio books (aggregated from 42 sources). The database provides over 1.6 million entries including 650,000 national, state, and international award entries dating back to 1922. Also included are 330,000 and author illustrator links. Subscribers can search by keyword, author, title and subject; and filter by reading level, age, grade and interest level; and then view, sort and distribute the resulting information. In addition, CLCD includes Teaching Tools which shows links to hundreds of web sites with lesson plans and teaching guides. Students can save and organize their searches for immediate or future use.
"EBSCO has created a search interface designed specifically for primary/secondary school students, according to their needs and search abilities ... Important features and functionality of Kids Search include a completely new, visually appealing look and feel; the ability to search by topic, subtopic, or keywords; simultaneous searching across all subscribed databases; the ability to sort results by relevance, as well as by date; the option of filtering search results by source type; and the ability to add search results, images, or persistent links to searches to the Folder. Some databases may include Lexiles in citation information. The Lexile assigned to a result gives an educator an estimate of the reading difficulty of the result, and the approximate grade level reading ability required for comprehension. The grade level does not necessarily reflect the student's actual grade"--Publisher description.
Searchasaurus is a way for young researchers to experience online searching. It is an animated interface with a dinosaur theme that encourages students to enhance and develop basic search methodologies. Searchasaurus includes The American Heritage Children's Dictionary, formatted for the needs of children in grades 3-6; the Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia database; and, Image Collection.