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Education and Children's Books: Academic and Children's Articles

Finding Academic Articles

This page includes databases and sources for two kinds of articles.

1. Scholarly articles: For some assignments, you may be asked to use academic journal articles or other peer-reviewed material. These articles are written by scholars, and each is reviewed by other scholars before it is published to ensure it meets academic standards for the field.

2. Articles for Children: These articles are from magazines that are written especially for children. They cover many educational topics and are written at a variety of reading levels. The full-text articles in USAO's databases for children's magazines have been assigned Lexiles reading level indicators.

Many journals are published online, and most of Nash Library's journal collections are online only. You may find articles by browsing through specific journal titles or by searching through many journals at once using a database.

If you are connected to the internet on-campus, you are already logged in to all of Nash Library's online databases and journals. If you are off-campus, you will have to log in using your USAO credentials. 


How to find education articles in ERIC (free version)

This video explains how to do education research using the free version of Education Resource Information Center (ERIC), which is maintained by the U.S. Department of Education. You can find more how-to videos on ERIC's Youtube Channel.

Databases for Academic Articles

Databases allow you to search within a vast number of publications to find journal articles and other sources, including books, book chapters, conference proceedings, and dissertations. Because these databases are only accessible via subscription, you will find articles and other materials that you could not find using a simple Google search.  To see a list of all databases, click on Databases in the light green ribbon at the top of the screen. 

The following are databases particularly relevant to education:

Academic Journals

This is a short list of academic journals (#1 in the top box).

When you click on a title, you will be taken to its entry on the A-to-Z journal title list. Some journals can be found in multiple databases, and the different databases may have different years of coverage. Click on a database name to go to the journal in that database. 

To find more journals on a subject, click Journals at the top of this page; then, in the "Browse by Discipline" box, click the subject you want to study.

Databases for Children's Magazines

These databases contain articles for children (#2 in the top box).

Interlibrary Loan

Databases include records for thousands of articles, including ones to which Nash Library does not have access. However, you can get these articles through interlibrary loan. 

When you find an article you like, look for an interlibrary loan link. It will take you to the Nash Library Interlibrary Loan Form, which you can then fill out and submit. Nash Library will contact a library which has access to the journal, and that library will send Nash a copy. 

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