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Research Guide for Education  

This guide is for students at Southern Oregon University doing research in education.
Last Updated: Jul 27, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Government Information

  • USA.govEnter your search directly in the search box or use the explore topics link to get you started in a broad range of materials from government sources.
  • RESEARCH GUIDE TO GOVERNMENT INFORMATION - Find information from government agencies and search for both U.S.and Oregon government information. Learn how to cite government publications. Use and FDsys to find online materials from the state and federal government.

IAL Basic Research Tutorial

Recording of IAL Basic Research Session with librarian Dale Vidmar. Recorded Live on 6-23-2015.

IAL Basic Research Session with librarian Dale Vidmar

SPED Basic Research Tutorial

Recording of SPED Basic Research Session with Librarian, Dale Vidmar. Recorded Live on 6-23-2015

SPED Legal Research Tutorial

Recording of SPED Legal Research Session with librarian, Dale Vidmar. Recorded Live on 6-24-2015.

SPED Legal Research Session with librarian, Dale Vidmar


Article Databases

Google Scholar

  • Google Scholar
    "Search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations." Most are NOT full text. You can then use "Journals by Title" (bottom this page) to find the citation within Hannon Library Databases.

Legal Research

  • LexisNexis Academic 
    This database has several distinct modules. Two important ones are "News" and "Legal Research." "News" has more than 350 newspapers full-text from the U.S. and around the world as well as news magazines, broadcast transcripts, etc. "Legal" has federal and state case law, federal codes and regulations, and state codes among a host of other legal materials.
  • Legal Collection 
    Centered on the discipline of law and legal topics, Legal Collection is a collection of respected, scholarly peer-reviewed publications including law journals, documents, and case studies. Legal Collection offers full text for more than 250 of law journal
  • LegalTrac 
    This resource provides indexing for approximately 875 titles including major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals and international legal journals.
  • Google Scholar
    Check the "Case Law" link for legal research. Notice that you can then choose to search federal or state court decision or you can select a court from a list of courts.
  • Guide to Legal Research
    Additional sources for legal research from the Hannon Libary Guide to Federal Information.

Scholarly Web Sites and Learning Objects

The sources below provide access to a rich collection of online content to supplement and/or replace textbooks. Few of the resources below point to commercial sites.

  • MERLOT(Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching)
    Great resource for online teaching. Browse and search discipline specific collections. To find Learning Objects use Advanced Search and select “simulation” from the “Material Type” pull down menu. Set up a personal account to store all your sites.
  • Infomine
    Contains reviewed scholarly web sites in social sciences, humanities, and sciences.
  • OAIster: find the pearls
    Provides access to numerous digital archives around the world. Includes text, image, and audio digital collections.
  • Registry of Open Access Repository (ROAR)
    A guide to content stored on university Institutional Repositories around the world. Contains article pre-prints and post-prints, datasets, theses and dissertations, and numerous primary source and image collections. Select CONTENT SEARCH button to conduct searches.
  • DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals
    Over 4,500 open access scholarly journals from around the world.
  • Google Scholar
    Provides access to scholarly literature however it does contain commercial book and journal sites and points to Wikipedia.
  • Intute
    Similar to Infomine. Good browsing scheme and search capabilities. Seven university libraries in the United Kingdom review the sites.
  • Rice Connexions
    “Connexions is an environment for collaboratively developing, freely sharing, and rapidly publishing scholarly content on the Web.”
  • Wisc-Online
    A Wisconsin site for learning objects.
  • Internet Archive
    Provides access to over 350,000 cultural artifacts in digital form. The Archive is divided into 5 Collections including Text, Moving Images, Audio, Web, and Live Music Archive.
  • K-12 Oregon Common Core Lesson Plans
    The Oregon Digital Newspaper Program has developed lesson plans geared toward Oregon common core standards, based on common topics in Oregon history (geared toward 4th grade) and American history (geared toward 8th grade) that can be adapted to any grade level. Each lesson plan provides an overview, list of applicable Oregon Common Core State Standards, materials, vocabulary, extension ideas, and additional resources.

Education E-Books from the Hannon Library

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Tutorials: Library Research Basics


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Journals by Title

How do I find a particular journal?

  1. Open the Hannon Library Catalog.
  2. Select “In the title” from the first dropdown.
  3. Enter the journal title in the search box.
  4. Select Material Type: “Journals.”
  5. Hit Search.

If we have it, you should see results appear in a list. Click “View Online” to see options for reading the journal online. Click “Get it” to learn more about what physical print issues we have.

If you don’t see any links, then we probably don’t have it and you can request the article through Interlibrary Loan. It will take 1-7 business days and costs $2 for SOU students for each article. You will receive it electronically when it arrives.

Courseware from Other Universities

The sites below contain syllabi, reading lists, online resources, learning objects, and media. Useful to supplement course materials.

  • Open Courseware Consortium
    An incredible site of open courseware from universities around the world. Excellent resource for an international perspective. Also useful for foreign language content.
  • Johns Hopkins Open Courseware
  • MIT Open Courseware
  • University of Notre Dame
  • OER Commons
    Open Educational Commons is a part of the open courseware movement and provides access to K-12 and college course materials.
  • OpenLearn
    Open University is dedicated solely to distance learning. Click on “LabSpace” under the Browse menu from the first page to find free online sources. You must get an account to take advantage of the resources and services.
  • Wikiversity
    K-12 and college level resources. Browse by “University Faculty” and “University School”
  • edX
    A non-profit enterprise that offers free online courses from MIT, Harvard and UC Berkeley. Most of the current courses are related to computer science.
  • Coursera
    A for-profit enterprise that offers a wide range of free online courses to students around the world. Partners include Stanford University, the University of Michigan, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, and others. Subjects covered include computer science, humanities and social sciences, business, mathematics, and health.
  • Udacity
    A private educational organization founded by Google VP and Stanford professor Sebastian Thrun and others with the stated goal of democratizing education. Most of the current courses are related to computer science.

Visually Oriented Sites

  • YouTube EDU
    Videos of faculty lectures at major universities participating in the OpenCourseware Consortium.
  • SlideShare
    A site devoted to sharing and finding presentations such as PowerPoint and other presentation prorgrams. Great for visual learners.
  • Wikimedia Commons
    Visual and media resources. Good for animations. Good browsing structure.
  • YouTube

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