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The Basics: "Restricted Access;" Off-Campus Links; Finding Books: IRIS; Book Delivery; Becoming an 'Expert' User Citing Your Sources
Getting Started: Basic Reference Works Finding Articles: Indexes Theorists and Theories
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The Basics

This guide focuses on some resources that you can use when seeking information on educational psychology and the history and development of learning theories.

Restricted Access

Some of the resources listed in the sections below are marked Restricted Access. You should have no problem connecting to these from any networked computer on campus. However, in order to use these from off-campus you must log in with your Rutgers NetID. For instructions see the Libraries' Remote Access to Library Resources.

Off-Campus Links

If you are not on-campus, use these links to connect to Rutgers' library resources. If you haven't already logged in with your NetID [your pegasus username and password] these links will take you to the login page.

IRIS: Find Books

IRIS is the online catalog for all the Rutgers University Libraries except the Newark and Camden Law Libraries. Some of the sections below include suggestions for searching IRIS to locate other books on the topic(s) covered in that section. Show Me How

Getting Books From Other Rutgers Libraries

If a book that you need is not available (not owned/checked out) at the Dana Library, but is available from another Rutgers Library, you can request delivery of that book to Dana by bringing up the record for the book in IRIS and clicking on tbe Deliver/Recall button. Show Me

Book Not Available/Not Owned by the Rutgers Libraries?

The fastest way to get a copy of a book that is not owned or not available (checked out/on Reserve/missing etc.) at the Rutgers Libraries is to request it through E-Z Borrow. E-Z Borrow books are normally received within about five working days. Tell Me More

If a book is not owned by the Rutgers Libraries and is not available via E-Z Borrow, you can place an Interlibrary Loan request. Tell Me More

Becoming an 'Expert' User

Want to maximize your use of Library resources? Check out Searchpath, the Libraries' interactive tutorial.

Citing Your Sources

You will be using APA (American Psychological Association) style when citing the sources that you use in your research papers. The APA Publication Manual is available at the Dana Library Reference Desk. The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison also has an excellent introduction to APA Documentation that will give you the basic information you need to create APA citations and reference lists.

Not sure when you need to cite something? Check out the Plagiarism Guide

Getting Started: Basic Reference Works

The Dictionary of Developmental and Educational Psychology. Edited by Rom Harre and Roger Lamb. Cambridge, Mass., MIT Press, 1986.
Signed scholarly entries with bibliographies.
Dana Call Number: Ref. BF712.7 .D53 1986

Explorations in Learning & Instruction: The Theory Into Practice Database (TIP)
Summaries of 50 major theories of learning and instruction.

Loechelt, Cheryl. Learning Styles: Bibliography. 2002

O'Brien, Nancy P. Test Construction: A Bibliography of Selected Resources. New York, Greenwood Press, 1988.
Dana Call Number: Ref. LB3060.65027 1988

Educational Psychology Interactive: Readings in Educational Psychology
Topical bibliography of online articles. Maintained by Dr. William Huitt, Valdosta State University.

Finding Articles: Indexes


Education Abstracts/Full Text
The basic index for finding articles relating specifically to the applied and theoretical aspects of education. Indexes over 500 English language journals in education. Indexes many journals back to 1983, and, beginning with 1994, includes many full text articles.
Off Campus Link Restricted Access

ERIC - Educational Resources Information Center
The premier resource for educational research, the ERIC database contains more than one million abstracts covering research documents, journal articles, technical reports, program descriptions and evaluations, and curricular materials in the field of education. 1966+
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access


PsycINFO (Including PsycARTICLES)
Comprehensive index to the the professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, and education. Covers 1900 journals, as well as book chapters and dissertations. Includes full-text articles from journals published by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Canadian Psychological Association, and Hogrefe & Huber.
Off-Campus Link Restricted Access

Theorists and Theories

B.F. Skinner

Skinner, B.F. Are Theories of Learning Necessary? (1950).

Skinner, B.F., A Brief Survey of Operant Behavior.

Chomsky, Noam. "A Review of B.F. Skinner's Verbal Behavior," Language 35(1), 1959, 26-58.
"I had intended this review not specifically as a criticism of Skinner's speculations regarding language, but rather as a more general critique of behaviorist (I would now prefer to say 'empiricist') speculation as to the nature of higher mental processes...The conclusion that I hoped to establish in the review...was that the general point of view was largely mythology, and that its widespread acceptance is not the result of empirical support, persuasive reasoning, or the absence of a plausible alternative."

Need books on related topics?

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Relevant subject searches you can try include:

Jean Piaget

McLaughlin, Judith A. Bibliography of the Works of Jean Piaget in the Social Sciences. Lanham, MD., University Press of American, 1988.
Dana Call Number: BF109 .P4M34 1988


Evan's Dialogue with Jean Piaget and Barbel Inhelder. [Video].
2 videocassesttes. "Jean Piaget and Barbel Inhelder discuss the stages of intellectual development and traditional ideas in American psychology about learning and perception, Freudian psychology, and intelligence testing."
Dana Call Number: VIDEO 1717

Piaget's Developmental Theory: An Overview. Davis, Calif., Davidson Films, 1989. [Video]
Dana Call Number: VIDEO 1584

Using What We Know: Applying Piaget's Developmental Theory in Primary Classrooms. San Luis Obispo, Calif., Davidson Films, 1991. [Video]
Dana Call Number: VIDEO 1582

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Lev Vygotsky

Vygotskii, Lev Semenovich. Mind in Society: The Development of Higher Psychological Processes. Edited by Michael Cole. Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1978.
Dana Call Number: BF311 .V93 1978

Lev Vygotsky Archive
Biographical information, links to Vygotsky works available online, and links to some articles about Vygotsky and his work. From

The Vygotsky Project
Online collection of articles, with annotations, about Vygotsky and his work. Includes Vygostsky's daughter Gita's reflection on His Life.

John-Steiner, Vera and Holbrook Mahn. "Sociocultural Approaches to Learning and Development: A Vygotskian Framework," Educational Psychologist 31(3/4), Summer/Fall 1996, 191-206.
Off Campus Link Restricted Access

Panofsky, Carolyn P. The Relations of Learning and Student Social Class: Toward "Re-"Socializing" Sociocultural Learning Theory
Draft of article published in Vygotsky's Educational Theory in Cultural Context. Edited by Alex Kozulin et al., New York, Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp. 411-431.


Vygotsky's Developmental Theory: An Introduction. San Luis Obispo, Calif., Davidson Films, 1994. [Video]
"Presents Lev Vygotsky's early childhood learning theories and demonstrates them in classrooms."
Dana Media Call Number: VIDEO 1725

Play: A Vygotskian Approach. San Luis Obispo, Calif., Davidson Films, 1996. [Video]
"Examines play and how it benefits cognitive and social skills and fulfills emotional needs."
Dana Media Call Number: VIDEO 1726

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To find books by Vygotsky, at the "Basic Search" screen

To find books about Vygotsky, at the "Basic Search" screen

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Albert Bandura

Albert Bandura
Biographical information, plus summary of theories and recommended readings.

Bandura, Albert. "The Evolution of Social Cognitive Theory. In Great Minds in Management: The Process of Theory Development. Edited by K.G. Smith & M.A. Hitt. New York, Oxford University Press, 2005. Chapter 2, pp. 9-35.
Note: Page proof. See IRIS for copies of the book as actually published.

Bandura Publications.
Bibliography with, in many cases, links to the full-text.


Albert Bandura. University Park, Pa., Pennsylvania State University, 1988. [Video] 2 videocassettes.
Interview with Albert Bandura.
Dana Call Number: VIDEO 1716

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George A. Miller

Miller, George A. The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information (1956)

Miller, George A. "The Cognitive Revolution: A Historical Perspective," Trends in Cognitive Sciences 7(3), March 2003, 141-144.

Miller, Geroge A, Galanter, Eugene, and Pribram, Karl H. Plans and the Structure of Behavior. New York, H. Holt, 1960.
Presentation of the TOTE (Test-Operate-Test-Exit) problem-solving model.
Dana Call Number: BR38.5 .M5 1960a

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