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A short guide to get you started researching in the discipline of Education

Background Information

As you start your research, it can be useful to look at sources like encyclopedias, handbooks, and dictionaries. These are also known as reference sources. They can help you identify or refine a topic for your research, find useful definitions or overviews of a specific subject or issue, identify key concepts and researchers in the field, and find other materials which might be useful for your research.

UO Libraries has sources like these both online and in print form. Print reference books are located on the first floor of Knight Library and are organized by call number. 

Reference Databases

These databases let you a search a multidisciplinary collection of reference sources and may be a good place to start if you aren't sure what type of reference source would have information on the topic you're interested in. 

Selected Encyclopedias & Handbooks


  • 21st century education: A reference handbook   REF KNIGHT  LA210 .A15 2008
  • Annual Reviews: Psychology, law and social science, clinical psychology, political science,sociology, anthropology
  • CQ Reseacher:  Great database for short reports on all types of public interest topics - including education.
  • Encyclopedia of education (2nd ed.), 2003; REF KNIGHT  LB 15 .E47 2003 or on online
  • Encyclopedia of educational research  REF KNIGHT  LB 15 .E48 1992
  • Encyclopedia of the social and cultural foundations of education   REF KNIGHT   LB17 .E53 2009 and online
  • Handbook of research on learning and instruction    REF KNIGHT  LB1060 .H34575 2011
  • Handbook of research on the education of young children   REF KNIGHT  LB1119 .H25 2012
  • Handbook of social justice in education; REF KNIGHT  LC 71 .H364 2009
  • International encyclopedia of education  2010
  • National Society for the Study of Education Yearbook 2004 - current
  • Review of educational research (this link is to issues 1999 to the present.  Check UO catalog for electronic access to older issues)
  • Review of research in education (this link is to issues 1999 to the present.  Check UO catalog for electronic access older issues)
  • Social theory and education research    REF KNIGHT  LB1028 .S635 2013
  • A nice general source (for "hot" topics - not simply Education topics) is CQ Researcher  (this link is to a search on Children in CQ Researcher)

Special Education

Specific subjects and curriculum content areas