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A blog from the Chronicle of Higher Education focused on higher-education research and policy issues.


Reference sources

Educator's Reference Desk
includes over 2,000 lesson plans and over 3,000 links to online education info

Almanac of Higher Education (2014)
published by the Chronicle of Higher Education; includes data on students, professors, administrators, American colleges and universities, and their resources, and state-by-state profiles.

World Higher Education Database Online
includes info on over 17,000 higher education institutions in more than 180 countries, detailed information on the higher education system of each country, and contact info for higher education institutions

The educator's desk reference (EDR) : a sourcebook of educational information and research
in Perkins and Lilly Reference, LB1028.27.U6 F74 2002

Education : a guide to reference and information sources
in Perkins Reference, LB15 .O275 2000 and online

The Praeger handbook of American high schools
in Perkins Reference, LA222 .P73 2007 v. 1-4

Encyclopedia of the social and cultural foundations of education [electronic resource]

21st century education [electronic resource] : a reference handbook
Highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates facing educators today.

Encyclopedia of education law [electronic resource]

Encyclopedia of bilingual education [electronic resource]

A companion to the philosophy of education [electronic resource]

Education and technology [electronic resource] : an encyclopedia

Curriculum trends [electronic resource] : a reference handbook

Urban education [electronic resource] : a reference handbook

Citing sources

Research in education is typically cited in APA style.

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Ref Works

RefWorks is a web-based research management, writing and collaboration tool. Make a RefWorks folder for each paper or project you work on.  Then "export" references (and full text) from a library database to RefWorks.  Use RefWorks Write-n-Cite to insert in-text references, and then use RefWorks to format a bibliography/works cited list.

Want to learn more? Check out a 2-min tutorial on creating an account.

Noteworthy Media and Publications

American RadioWorks Documentary: Testing Teachers

Learn more about the American RadioWorks documentary by Emily Hanford, Testing Teachers (scroll to bottom of page for podcast, transcript or to listen online).

Duke Author: Barbara C. Jentleson

Barbara C. JentlesonDuke University Assistant Professor of the Practice and Director of Project H.O.P.E.  explores the story behind the transformation of Duke University from an isolated, exclusive institution to the dynamic, civically engaged campus that exists today. It examines the first decade of the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership (DDNP) and its involvement with Project HOPE, six quality community-based afterschool programs. Available at Perkins Library.

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