LR780: Processes of Reading
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.
Australian Journal of Language and Literacy
Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy
Journal of College Reading and Learning
Journal of Reading Education
Journal of Research in Reading
Language and Literacy
New England Reading Association Journal
Reading and Writing
Reading and Writing Quarterly
Reading Research and Instruction
Reading Research Quarterly
Written Language and Literacy
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.
Content Area Reading
English Language — Composition and Exercises — Study and Teaching
Selected List of Titles
Crossing the Vocabulary Bridge : Differentiated Strategies for Diverse Secondary Classrooms
Education LB1631 .H37 2011
Developing Readers in the Academic Disciplines
Education LB1050.45 .B85 2011
Literacy Beginnings : A Prekindergarten Handbook
Education LB1140.5 .L3 P575 2011
Marvelous Minilessons for Teaching Intermediate Writing, Grades 4-6
Education LB1576 .R645 2011
Promoting Literacy Development : 50 Research-Based Strategies for K-8 Learners
Education LB1576 .A58 2012
Reading Girls : The Lives and Literacies of Adolescents
Mugar LB1135 .M27 2012
Reading Instruction for Diverse Classrooms : Research-Based, Culturally Responsive Practice
Education LB1573 .M3917 2011
Summer Reading : Closing the Rich/Poor Reading Achievement Gap
Mugar LB1050.58 .S87 2013
Writing in Preschool : Learning to Orchestrate Meaning and Marks
Education LB1140.5 .L3 S39 2009
- Children’s and Young Adult Literature
- Cognitive Foundation of Learning to Read: A Framework
- International Reading Association
- Reading Online
- National Center for Family Literacy
- To Read or Not to Read : A Question of National Consequence. This 100-page report offers an extensive analysis of reading patterns of children, teenagers, and adults in the United States.
- U.S. Department of Education
- What works Clearinghouse