Character Education

About This Guide

This guide presents the resources the education librarian considers to be the most important academic databases to search, the leading journals to follow, and so forth. You’ll also find some tips to help you evaluate sources, organize your work, and accomplish your literature review.

If you are new to this topic, you may want to begin by finding background information through an encyclopedia such as Wikipedia or Britannica Online, though in most cases it is not appropriate to cite these in a college-level paper. Anyone can contribute content in Wikipedia – so watch out for biased viewpoints, incomplete or simply incorrect material.


Use these databases to discover articles, books, and other literature on your topic. Note that if you come across a citation without full text attached, do not assume the library has no access. Learn this nearly foolproof way to Get the Full Text of an Article.

Two largest:

BU Libraries Search
Our Search represents by far the most comprehensive grouping of resources we’ve ever been able to provide. You can find extensive search tips on our site, build an eShelf, and export citations to RefWorks.

Google Scholar
Off-campus users need to set two “Scholar Preferences” to take advantage of library subscriptions: type “Boston University” in Library Links and also choose RefWorks next to Bibliography Manager.

Other important databases:

ATLA religion database (Online)
Education full text (H.W. Wilson)
ERIC Education Resources Information Center.
PsycINFO (Online)
Social sciences full text (H.W. Wilson)


The best way to discover articles is to search databases (try Search) – you will be searching millions of records at once. But following journal literature periodically is still a very important aspect of scholarship. Depending on the provider, you may be able to set up Table of Contents alerts, save personalized searches, or even contribute to the editorial process.

Find each title below through our Search. The following journals are leading in this field.

Ethics and Behavior
Ethics and Information Technology
Ethics and International Affairs
Ethics and the Environment
Ethical Theory and Moral Practice
Journal of Ethics
Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy
Studies in the History of Ethics


Discovering our print books and eBooks can be done through Search. Additionally, for more comprehensive literature reviews I suggest going beyond what BU already owns by using WorldCat. Current members of the BU community can borrow books that we don’t own through our interlibrary borrowing services. Other important book tools include the Internet Archive, Google Books, and of course

Subject Headings

  • Moral Education
  • Moral Education — United States
  • Character — Study and Teaching — United States

Selected List of Titles

A Call for Character Education and Prayer in the Schools

Mugar LC311 .J48 2010

The Case for Character Education: A Developmental Approach

Mugar LC311 .L567 2009

Character Compass: How Powerful School Culture Can Point Students Toward Success

Education LC311 .S45 2012

Children, Morality, and Society

Mugar BF723.M54 F73 2012

Dear Nel : Opening the Circles of Care (Letters to Nel Noddings)

Mugar LC268 .D34 2012

Educating Youth for a World Beyond Violence : A Pedagogy for Peace

Mugar JZ5534 .S54 2010

On Purpose : How Great School Cultures Form Strong Character

Mugar LC311 .C277 2011

Sowing the Seeds of Character : The Moral Education of Adolescents in Public and Private Schools

Education LC268 .L46 2009


Art of Loving Well Project
Bioethics Information Resources
Boston University Center for Character and Social Responsibility
Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

Center for Academic Integrity
Center for the 4th and 5th R’s (Respect and Responsibility)
Character Counts
Character Education Partnership
Developmental Studies Center
Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University
Education World: Character Education
Family Education: Parents Dedicated to Children’s Learning
Giraffe Project
Josephson Institute of Ethics
Stories to Grow By
Teach with Movies


Association for Moral Education
Educational Resource Organizations Directory (EROD)

Institute for Global Ethics