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Education Research Guide

Education Research Guide

Welcome to the Education Research Guide. This guide is to assist students who are taking courses in the Walker School of Education, and can also assist students, faculty, and staff doing research in this area.

This Research Guide will provide information on the most relevant databases to search from, online periodicals we may subscribe to, and websites and open access options for this subject.
If you have questions or would like assistance with your research, please contact the Head Librarian at

Book Reviews

Children’s Choices

Book recommendations listed by year. Books are selected and reviewed by children. From the International Reading Association.


Book vendor focused on PK-12 education resources for libraries and classrooms. Free, but requires registration.

Scholastic Book Wizard

Allows searching by reading level, interest level, book type (concept book, read aloud, etc.), subject and genre. From Scholastic Books.


Online merchant of books and other educational materials for K-12 schools.

Use the “Collection Development Search” for subject searching. Free, but requires registration.

Book Awards

AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes

For outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults.

American Indians in Children’s Literature

American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL) provides critical analysis of Indigenous peoples in children’s and young adult books.

American Indian Youth Literature Award

For writing and illustrations by and about Native Americans. Includes children’s and young adult categories.

American Library Association Awards

Lists the Caldecott, Newbery, Pura Belpre, Coretta Scott King Awards and many others.

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature

Includes children’s and picture books about Asian/Pacific Americans and their culture.

Bank Street Awards

For children and young adults, in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

Batchelder Award

For children’s books translated into English for publication in the United States.

Bloomer Book List

Books for young readers with significant feminist content.

Boston Globe – Horn Book Award

Picture Book, Fiction/Poetry and Non-Fiction categories. Includes both Children’s and Young Adults.


Honors picture books for children.

Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Recognizes exceptional African American authors and illustrators. Includes children’s literature category.

Database of Award Winning Children’s Literature

The purpose of this database is to create a tailored reading list of quality children’s literature or to find out if a book has won one of the indexed awards. I expect the user to be a librarian or a teacher intervening for a child-reader, however anyone may make use of it to find the best in children’s literature including parents, book store personnel, and children and young adults themselves.

DeBary Children’s Science Book award

For Children’s and Young Adult Science books.

Dolly Gray Awards

Recognizes authors and illustrators who realistically portray individuals with developmental disabilities in children’s literature.

Edgar Awards

Sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America. Includes awards for best juvenile and young adult mysteries.

Eisner Awards

For comic books and graphic novels, including categories for early readers, kids, and teens.

Geisel Award

Books for beginning readers.

Giverny Book Award

For children’s science picture books.

Golden Sower Award

The Nebraska children’s choice literary award.

Gryphon Award

For beginning readers.

Mathical Awards

Math-related fiction and non-fiction books, including several age groups from Pre-K to Teens.

Newbery Medal

Honors outstanding children’s literature. Includes some young adult titles.

Pura Belpré Award

Recognizes literature that best celebrates the Latino culture.

Schneider Family Book Award

Award in children’s and young adult literature for excellence in representing the experiences of those with disabilities.

Scott O’Dell Award

For historical fiction, young adult or children’s books.

Sibert Medal

Informational non-fiction book for children.

Spur Awards

Distinguished writing about the American West. Categories for best illustrated children’s book, juvenile fiction, and juvenile non-fiction.

State Awards for Children’s and YA Literature

Links to children’s literature awards in each state.

Stonewall – Morgan & Romans Book Awards

For children’s and young adults literature relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/trans experience.


Academic Search Complete

Coverage of most academic areas including business, social sciences, general academic, and general sciences.

Biography Reference Bank

In-depth, full-text profiles, with more than 32,000 photographs. 

Biography Reference Center

Full text reference works and narrative biographies for over 460,000 notable people.

Directory of Open Access Journals

A large database of open access peer-reviewed  journals and articles.

Education Research Complete

Online resource for everything education of all levels and specialties. 


Covers all aspects of education published in the journal, book, and grey literature including dissertations and conference proceedings. 

Explora Primary Schools

Research topics focused on elementary school projects.


This database includes two Arts and Sciences collections with journals from subjects including the social sciences, education, law, criminology, history, etc.

MAS Ultra-School Edition

Database created for High School libraries containing magazines, books, biographies, maps, and more.  

NoveList K-8 Plus

Reading recommendations for the younger crowd, tools for teachers and parents. 

NoveList Plus

Reading recommendations for fiction and nonfiction titles, book summaries, reviews, and series information.

Primary Search

Database containing magazines pertaining to elementary school research and education.


Aesop’s Fables

Illustrated by art students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Biography Reference Bank eBook Collection

eBook reference to biographical collections.

Children’s Storybooks Online

Includes some award-winning online books and accompanying coloring books.

Colour Africa Proverbs

A collection of coloring pages with African Proverbs.

Directory of Open Access Books

A large collection of open access eBooks.

eBook Academic Collection

Collection of text from a wide range of academic disciplines.

eBook Collection

Collection of eBooks with a wide range of subjects.

International Children’s Digital Library

Read more than 500 books online in over two dozen languages.

MAS Reference eBook Collection

eBook collection resource for high school students. Topics include history, literature, health, math, science, and more.

Primary Search Reference eBook Collection

eBook collection of general subjects pertaining to elementary school students. Subjects include history, math, science, arts, etc. 

Rosetta Project

Historical children’s literature.

Storyline Online

Videos of picture books read by actors from the Screen Actors Guild.

University of New Mexico Native American Language Children’s Books

From the University of New Mexico’s Digital Collections.

Magazines and Online Resources

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Create an account using your Midland email.


As a leading authority in education, EducationWeek is the comprehensive cornerstone for educators, policymakers, and business leaders alike.


Edutopia is a trusted source shining a spotlight on what works in education. We show people how they can adopt or adapt best practices, and we tell stories of innovation and continuous learning in the real world.

I Love Public Schools

I Love Public Schools is dedicated to sharing the stories of schools today and capturing the strength and humanity happening in schools today.

Reading Teacher

The Reading Teacher (RT) provides the latest peer-reviewed, research-based best practices to literacy educators working with children up to age 12. RT’s classroom-ready articles cover topics from curriculum, instruction, and assessment to strategies for teaching diverse populations of literacy learners.


Started by author James Patterson, ReadKiddoRead actively works to identify and celebrate books that create interest and excitement in kids’ reading lives. Includes annual awards, author interviews and videos.


Accessible Television Portal

Free-loan described and captioned educational media is available to students who are deaf, blind, hard of hearing, visually impaired, or deaf-blind. This educational media is made accessible to the deaf and hard of hearing via captioning and to the blind and visually impaired via description. With over 4,000 titles (and growing!) available for viewing, the DCMP is continuing to provide equal accessibility to these students and the professionals who serve them. There are no user-registration or service fees. Registration is required.

PBS Learning Media

Search by topic, grade, subject, and content type to find lessons featuring videos, images, and more.

Teach with Movies

Lesson plans based on movies and films.



Off Campus Link

Research diverse perspectives, topics, and trends that align with curricular areas such as Political Science, English, Sociology, Humanities, Business, International Studies, and more.

New York Times

Create a login for free and read articles from the New York Times.

Statistics and Government Documents

Annual Reports – National Center for Education Statistics

The Annual Reports group produces reports each year that summarize data from over 25 surveys administered by NCES and other government agencies.

ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) 

Archive of digital analysis-ready social science data in multiple software formats including SPSS, SAS, and Stata. Summary statistics for online analysis datasets. Instructional materials for classroom-ready datasets. Searchable bibliographies of data-related literature.

Kids Count Data Center

Hundreds of indicators on child well-being.

Lost Opportunity: A 50 State Report on the Opportunity to Learn In America

Report on school equity and accessibility.

Nebraska Education Profile

Your one-stop location for Nebraska education data, the NEP provides demographics and testing data for all K-12 schools in the state of Nebraska.

Nebraska Public Documents

Nebraska Public Documents provides free public access to digitized historic annual reports of state agencies in Nebraska for the use of students, scholars, and the general public. Through this digitization project, we provide keyword searching options never before available. Eventually, the intent of the project is to provide access to state government agency reports from 1891 through 1956, with metadata enhancements as funds become available.

School Attendance Boundary Information System

The School Attendance Boundary Information System (SABINS) was a National Science Foundation-funded project to provide, free of charge, aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files for school attendance areas, or school catchment areas, for selected areas in the United States for the 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years.

School, College, and Library Search

Provided by the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Center for Education Statistics provides data on higher education institutions.

State Profiles

Find key data for state/jurisdiction performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessments in mathematics, reading, writing, and science at grades 4, 8 and 12 (where applicable). View trends and demographics, download snapshot reports, and compare results for each state/jurisdiction to the nation and to the other states.

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