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EDU 1160: The Middle School & Middle School Child

Citing Your Resources

Doing ethical research means citing sources. It is critical to credit writers for their work and their contributions to your research. To not do so is unethical and leads to plagiarism - unintentionally or not. Here are some sources to help you cite properly and to avoid the problem of plagiarism.

  • Citation of Sources
    This lists citation engines which help you create proper citations as well as providing information on different citation styles.
  • Tips on avoiding plagiarism
  • Turnitin
    Turnitin is a service that faculty and students use to detect and avoid plagiarism in their writing.
  • NoodleBib
    NoodleBib is an online resource that will help you format MLA and APA bibliographies, exporting them directly to your word processing program.

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Adams, G. and Berzonsky, M. (Eds.). (2003). Blackwell handbook of adolescence. Malden, MA. Blackwell Publishing. Psychologists provide overviews on self-esteem, cliques, gangs, eating disorders, moral and religious development, substance abuse, physiological changes, and other aspects of adolescence. Extensive reference lists. Subject index contains entries on the transition to middle school. Reference BF 724 .B487 2003

Farenga, S. & Ness, D. (Eds.). (2005). Encyclopedia of education and human development. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe. Dowling professors of education have edited this set in a unique arrangement. Three volumes encompass eight thematic sections, and over 200 articles, chaptered with lengthy references. Psychological and political impacts on education are strong focuses of this resource. Reference LB 15 .E473 2005 (3 vols.)

Kagan, J. & Gall, S. (Eds.). (1998). Gale encyclopedia of childhood & adolescence. Detroit: Gale. Signed entries address nearly 700 medical, social, educational, theoretical, and psychological topics in these life stages. Reference HQ 772 .G27 1998

Lerner, R., Petersen, A., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (Eds.). (1991). Encyclopedia of adolescence. New York: Garland. Over 200 research articles examine adolescence from the viewpoint of several disciplines. Added value comes from the extensive reference lists and historical perspective provided. Reference HQ 796 .E58 1990 (2 vols.)

Salkind, N., Margolis, L., DeRuyck, K., & Rasmussen, K. (Eds.). (2006). Encyclopedia of human development. Thousand Oaks, CA.: Sage. Three volumes present 600 entries from experts in several disciplines, including psychology, education, and family studies. An “anchor article” on adolescence appears (p. 28--) and related articles can be found under that term in the index. Each entry offers further reading and reference lists at its end. Reference HM 626 .E53 2006 (3 vols.)

Williams-Boyd, P. (Ed.). (2003). Middle grades education: A reference handbook. Santa Barbara, CA. ABC-CLIO. Classroom teachers discuss the development of the middle school model through essays on pedagogical theorists, programs and practices, school performance, student diversity, citizen education and much more. A directory of organizations and lengthy list of resources are also offered. Reference LB 1623 .M53 2003

Guthrie, J. W. (Ed.). (2003) Encyclopedia of Education. New York: Macmillan Reference USA. Contains over 850 entries, accessed either by index or a unique outline of contents feature. Articles are signed and many are lengthy. Extensive bibliographies of print and online sources provide further research guidance. Reference LB15 .E47 2003

Web Sites

Meridian is an electronic journal exploring the use of technology in middle school classrooms. Professionals from various fields write the articles, all free and full-text.

National Center for Education Statistics is a powerhouse of government reports and data on all aspects of education, all fully accessible online. A site search on the term “middle school” has extensive, rich results.

NSDL Middle School Portal is designed to bring select resources of the National Science Digital Library to the middle school community for instructional and professional development purposes. Explore pathways in science and math.

Teachable Moment, from the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, provides lessons and activities for grades K-12 on civics, the environment, tolerance, mediation, and more. This page is geared to middle school students.

Webquest.org San Diego State University maintains this database of web-based lessons. A search on the term “middle school” results in many linked lessons in many subject areas.

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