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When accessing subscription databases from off-campus, you will be asked to sign in using your campus username and password. If you have any problems accessing library resources from off campus, please contact Rebecca Ciota or Tony Lewis.

Background Information

Oxford Reference Online Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Fully integrated and cross-searchable collection of over 135 academic dictionaries providing short-entry content, as well as many of Oxford’s encyclopedias and companions and other scholarly works.
Encyclopedia of Education
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor Oversize LB15 .E47 2003
An eight-volume encyclopedia covering key topics in education, including court cases.
Philosophy of Education: An Encyclopedia
Examines how philosophical ideas have influenced education, from ancient Greece to the present.
Philosophy of Education: An Encyclopedia
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor LB17 .P485 1996


America: History and Life Restricted Resource
Indexes 2,000 journals published worldwide covering the history of the United States and Canada. Includes some full text. Coverage includes articles, book and media reviews, and abstracts of dissertations.
Education Research Complete Restricted Resource
Covers scholarly research and information relating to all areas of education, from early childhood to higher education in all educational specialties. Includes indexing and abstracts, as well as some full text.
Project MUSE Restricted Resource
Access to the full text of approximately 350 scholarly electronic journals in the arts & humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.
PAIS International Restricted Resource
1915–present. Index of scholarly and non-scholarly articles, books, government documents, reports, and more, covering global public policy and social issues, from the Public Affairs Information Service.
JSTOR Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Digital repository of complete full-text backfiles of several hundred scholarly journals in the Arts & Sciences, Health & General Sciences, and Ecology & Botany, except for the most recent two to five years.

Historical Newspapers and Magazines

Chronicling America: Library of Congress National Digital Newspaper Program Resource contains newspapers
Provides free and searchable access to more than 11 million pages of historic newspapers published in the United States and its territories between 1789 and 1922.
Early American Newspapers, Series 1, 2, 3, 11 (1690–1922) Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
1690-1922. Full text of hundreds Early American newspapers including titles from all 50 present states. The option to search by Article Type allows you to look for cartoons and illustrations.
Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890–1982 Restricted Resource
Provides indexing of general-interest periodicals published in the United States, including full coverage of the Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature. Reflects the history of the 20th century, offering access to information about history, culture, and seminal developments across nine decades.

Historical Texts

Early English Books Online (EEBO) Restricted Resource
1473–1700. Contains digital facsimile page images of over 130,000 works printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and British North America, as well as works in English printed elsewhere.
HathiTrust Digital Library
Like Google Books, HathiTrust provides free access to the full text of many historical, digitized books. HathiTrust provides more sophisticated searching options (e.g., limit your search to books published in a specific country), but it does not allow Grinnell users to download books as PDFs.
Google Book Search
Provides full-text of many books no longer under copyright, and allows searching of the contents of many more titles.
Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) Restricted Resource
1701–1800. Digitized copies of 138,000 English-language titles and editions published primarily in the United Kingdom and the Americas. Includes books, broadsides, Bibles, tract books, sermons, and printed ephemera.
Making of America
Digital library of primary sources in American social history, from the antebellum period through Reconstruction.

Library Catalogs

WorldCat Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Before 1000 BCE to the present. Catalog of millions of books, web resources, and other materials held in libraries worldwide, maintained by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). The best way to identify resources beyond Grinnell College's collections.
Center for Research Libraries
Includes collections of primary source material. Many collections are digitized; other materials may be ordered through ILL and will typically arrive in about three days.

Data and Statistics

Historical Statistics of the United States: Earliest Times to the Present Restricted Resource Resource contains quantitative data
A fully searchable and downloadable electronic database of quantitative facts of American history, covering topics such as economics, education, government, international migration, law, natural resources, religion, sociology, and trade.
International Historical Statistics: The Americas, 1750-2000
Print Location: Burling Reference HA 175 .M55 2003

National Center for Education Statistics Resource contains quantitative data
NCES is the primary federal entity collecting and analyzing education-related data for the United States and other nations. The NCES catalog can be searched to locate NCES publications and data products, many full-text or available for download, including The Condition of Education, The Digest of Education Statistics, TIMSS (Third International Mathematics and Science Study) and the NAEP (Nation's Report Card). NCES also makes available extremely detailed data about pre-K through graduate education and about libraries.


Google Image Search
Search images available on the World Wide Web.

Web sites

DPLA Digital Public Library of America
The DPLA brings together 15 million digitized images, texts, and other materials from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States.
Library of Congress Digital Collections
Provides information on, and access to, the digitized version of the Library of Congress' primary-source collections on American history and culture, including photographs, documents, sound recordings, and motion pictures.
School: the Story of American Public Education
Materials from the PBS series on education in America.
US Dept. of Education
Presents information on education-related topics, provided by the U.S. Department of Education. Contains information on topics such as student achievement, bilingual education, disabled children, delinquent children, class size reduction, drug-free schools, magnet schools, family literacy programs, financial aid, home schooling, postsecondary education, preschools, private schools, public schools, special education, tutoring, and vocational education.

Style and Citation Guides

Purdue University Online Writing Lab Style Guides: APA
APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6th edition, second printing of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, second printing.
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
Print Location: Perm. Reserve (Burling & Kistle) BF76.7 .P83 2001

Online research management, writing, and collaboration tool designed to help researchers at all levels easily gather, organize, store, and share all types of information and to instantly generate citations and bibliographies.
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Browse the bookshelves in Burling under call numbers beginning with PE 1120 for examples of readers and other school texts.