EDU 6504: Literacy Research

Books in the Main Stacks

For books you can borrow, try searching the catalog for the following subjects:
Literacy and Research

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

Attaining Excellence: A handbook on the standards for the conduct and evaluation of research carried out by the Office of Educational Research and Improvement. (1999). Wash. D.C.: National Education Research Policy & Priorities Board. All research funded by the National Education Research Policy & Priorities Board must pass a rigorous peer review process. This book explains the process and the expected minimum standards. It is not only useful for understanding NERPPB’s procedures, but can be used as a benchmark for evaluating other research projects. Also see the NERPPB’s website.
Reference LB 1028.25 .U5 .A87 1999

Blake, B., & Blake, R. (2002). Literacy and learning: A reference handbook. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. Begins with a background on the history of literacy and goes on to include very current topics such as diversity. Each chapter has an extensive bibliography.
Reference LC 151 .B58 2002

Encyclopedia of educational research. (1992). New York: Macmillan Library Reference. Arranged by topic, this six-volume set touches on all aspects of reading and literacy acquisition. Articles provide an overview of the issue followed by discussion of past research. References are also listed.
Reference LB 15 .E48

Guzzetti, B. (Ed.). (2002). Literacy in America: An encyclopedia of history, theory, and practice. 2 vols. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. Coverage includes many very current topics, and includes literacy over the entire life span. Each entry offers a list of related topics for further study as well as a short bibliography.
Reference LC 151 .L487 2002

Jackson, P. (1992). Handbook of research on curriculum. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. This book focuses on the issues of how curriculum is studied and shaped, and how it acts as a shaping force. The book covers elementary education through high school and touches on all subject areas including physical and vocational education. Each chapter provides a brief history of the topic, review of current issues, issues recommended for future research, and a bibliography.
Reference LB 1570 .H264 1992

Keeves, J. (1997). Educational research, methodology, and measurement: An international handbook. 2nd ed. New York: Pergamon. Instead of dealing with the subjects being researched, this book discusses the methods and mechanics of performing and evaluating research. It includes issues dealing with both qualitative and quantitative research; scientific and humanistic methods; statistical procedures; and political and ethical issues in education research.
Reference LB 1028 .E3184 1997

Wittrock, M. C. (1986). Handbook of research on teaching. 3rd ed. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. An overview of research on teaching, it discusses all levels of education from elementary through professional. It covers all significant topics including behavior, achievement, gifted learners, special education, bilingual, and moral education.
Reference LB 1028 .H315 1986

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Jennifer Barra — 05 February 2009, 18:31

John’s class was very educational. I have used the Dowling library research databases previously, but now I have a much better understanding. He showed us how to use many different databases and tricks that can help us to make our searches better and more efficient. I definitely plan on coming to him if I need any help throughout my research.

K. A. Wilson — 05 February 2009, 18:33

A lot of the information that was presented in class had already been taught in previous library and technology courses. Although the teacher/librarian did present the class with a variety of web sites and sources that were not spoken about; this is either because the other professors were unaware, or because they just wanted us to stay with the dowling website.

The professor did help with some questions I had about certain sites/journals; therefore, I am now able to search for further resources that just one or two sites.

Suzanne Ness — 05 February 2009, 18:34

John Rienzo’s tutorial was very informational. I feel more confident about using the Dowling library services and other internet services. I am very pleased that John offered his help outside of this class as well. Thank you!

M. Lang — 05 August 2009, 17:28

I think that this session was very helpful. I never realized that you needed to put the term in quotation marks around the topic to actually find the most accurate information about the topic.

K.Hansen — 05 August 2009, 17:29

The instruction from the librarian John was well explained. I thought he focused on relevant and specific information that will help me search for information for my research paper.

N.A — 05 August 2009, 17:35

I thought John’s lecture was very informative and I appreciated the “off the beaten path” methods of research. He made it seems that no matter what you wanted to find, there was a way to get to the information if you were inventive enough. Good source of information for this class.

S.Testa — 18 February 2010, 18:40

John was extremely helpful anf informative. I learned a lot for his lecture and I’m walking out feeling better prepared for the work ahead of me. He is very knowledable! Thanks John! :)

NA — 18 February 2010, 18:41

John’s lecture was very informative. I feel equipped to begin using the library services for my research project. I think that its extremely helpful to know that John is available outside of the class. Thank you!

A. Worthman — 18 February 2010, 18:41

This session was very well explained. The information that we were given was very specific and relevent to the course.

R.Smith — 18 February 2010, 18:42

Great information

R.Smith — 18 February 2010, 18:42

Great information

tl — 18 February 2010, 18:42

John’s lecture was informative and to the point. Everything John discussed this evening will help me begin to conduct my research in my edu 6504 class. I never realized all the resources that were available to me on the Dowling library database site.

Megan — 30 June 2010, 18:12

Helpful and informative, may be interested in asking people if they are interested in certain information

Jackie — 14 September 2010, 19:08

Nikki’s lecture was very informative and helpful. I didn’t realize all the resources that were available to me through the Dowling library website. Great job!

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