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.
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.
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:
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.
Journal of Curriculum and Instruction
Journal of Curriculum Studies
Language Culture and Curriculum
Learning and Instruction
Reading Research and Instruction
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 Amazon.com.
- Curriculum Change — United States
- Curriculum Planning — United States
- Education — Curricula
- Education — Curricula — United States
Selected List of Titles
Conflicts in Curriculum Theory : Challenging Hegemonic Epistemologies
Mugar LB1570 .P256 2011
Critical Curriculum Leadership : A Framework for Progressive Education
Mugar LB1570 .Y55 2011
Curriculum in Today’s World : Configuring Knowledge, Identities, Work, and Politics
Mugar LB2310 .F32 2011
General Education Essentials : A Guide for College Faculty
Mugar LB2361.5 .H36 2012
Handbook for K-8 Arts Integration: Purposeful Planning Across the Curriculum
Mugar LB1591.5.U6 M38 2010
Handbook of Research on the Education of Young Children
Education LB1119 .H25 2012
Kinderculture : The Corporate Construction of Childhood
Mugar LB1139.25 .K55 2011
The Learner-Centered Curriculum : Design and Implementation
Mugar LB2361.5 .C85 2012
The Reorder of Things : The University and Its Pedagogies of Minority Difference
Mugar LC3727 .F47 2012
Shaping the College Curriculum: Academic Plans in Context
Mugar LB2361.5 .L38 2009
Student Activism and Curricular Change in Higher Education
Mugar LB2361.5 .A78 2011
- Center for Dewey Studies
- Core Knowledge Foundation
- Massachusetts Department of Education
- State Departments of Education
- U.S. Department of Education
- Content Knowledge: A Compilation of Content Standards for K-12 Curriculum
- Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks
- McREL (MidContinent Regional Educational Laboratory)
- NCREL (North Central Regional Educational Laboratory)
- NWREL (Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory)
- National Standards
- Raising Standards of Learning: Students with Disabilities and Standards-Based Reform
- State Standards
- National Standards in American Education: A Citizen’s Guide
- Curriculum Guides: Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies
- Curriculum Guides and Resources: emTech
- Curriculum Resource Guides on the Web
- ERIC Subject search: State-Curriculum-Guides
- National Transportation Library-School Curriculum Guides
- Toward a Better Balance: Curriculum Guide for Multicultural Education
- Wachusett Regional School District Health Curriculum Guide