FYE 1025: Philosophy of Humanistic Education: Socrates to Freire

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Use dictionaries, encyclopedias and other reference sources to get a basic background on your topic, highlight major issues, and find important keywords and phrases relating to your topic that you can use for further searching.

Credo Reference searches over 500 reference sources.

Biography in Context
This database gives you a person’s biography but also many articles about them published in academic journals, newspapers, and magazines.

Chambliss, J. J. (1996). Philosophy of education: An encyclopedia. New York, NY: Garland Pub. online and in print.

Palmer, J.E. (2001). Fifty major thinkers on education: From Confucius to Dewey. New York, NY: Routledge. online and in print.

Primary Sources

Primary sources are original documents that were written or created in the time being studied. Primary sources about a person would be letters, diaries, articles, or books written by that person, interviews with that person, as well as newspaper articles about them from the time period in which they lived. These can be difficult to come by, but there are several ways to locate them.

American Memory
From the Library of Congress, the American Memory project digitizes and gathers information on American history.
Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is an internet library that is digitizing documents that are out of copyright. Many of these documents are primary sources.

If your educator lived within the 19th or 20th century, you could also try this database:

New York Times Historical
This covers the New York Times from 1851 through 2009.

For books within our library that would be considered primary source material, search by author and use the last name of your educator:

Last updated October 16, 2015, at 08:37 AM by Laura Pope Robbins