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Basic Resources

Dejnozka. Edward. American Educator's Encyclopedia. Rev. ed., New York, Greenwood Press, 1991.
Short articles with references on 2200 names and terms associated with educational research and practice.
Dana Call Number: Ref. LB15 .D37 1991

World Education Encyclopedia. Edited by George Thomas Kurian. New York, Facts on File, 1988. 3 vols.
Volume one includes an article on the history of education. Arranged by country; includes statistics, history, constitutional and legal foundations of education, and information on primary, secondary, and higher education.

Dreeben, Robert. Sociology of Education Bibliography
Extensive bibliography. Browse alphabetically by author or download the entire file.

Finding Books: Library Catalogs

IRIS The online catalog for the Rutgers University Libraries.

    Subject headings that you can use to search IRIS include:

    Educational Sociology
    Education Social Aspects United States
    Educational Change United States
    Education Philosophy
    Multicultural Education
    Politics and Education Education Economic Aspects

Newark Law Newark Law library materials are not listed in IRIS. Use the above subject headings to find relevant publications.

Finding Articles: Indexes

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+

SocioFile 1974- Index to approximately 1900 journals in sociology and related disciplines. Restricted Access.

PsycINFO 1887-
Comprehensive index to the the professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, and education. Covers 1300 journals, as well as book chapters and dissertations. Restricted Access.

Public Affairs Information Service 1972- Index to books, reports, government documents, and journals dealing with political, social, and public policy issues. Restricted Access.

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts 1975- Index to over 1,300 journals in political science, international relations, public policy and related fields. Restricted Access.

Education and Philosophy

Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Education
Online entries with references. Ongoing project.

Philosophers Index Comprehensive index to books and articles relating to philosophy and related areas, including ethics, aesthetics, social and political philosophy and epistemology, as well as the philosophy of law, religion, science, history, education and language. 1940- Restricted Access.

Education & Philosophy
Biographies, commentaries, electronic texts, and links relating to Plato, Rousseau, Wollstonecraft, Dewey, and Freire.

Classic Texts and Manuscripts in Education
Digital library maintained by Martin Ryder at the University of Colorado at Denver School of Education.

Five Educational Philosophies: Introduction
Brief overviews.

Philosophy of Liberal Education
Bibliography of books and articles, with links where available. Compiled by Andrew Chrucky.

Cultural Foundations

Ballesteros, Octavio A. Bilingual Bicultural Education: An Annotated Bibliography 1936-1982. Jefferson, N.C., MacFarland, 1983.
Dana Call Number: Ref. LC3719.B34 1983

Asian American Encyclopedia. Franklin Ny, editor. New York, Marshall Cavendish, 1995. 6 vols.
Signed entries on topics dealing with various Asian groups in the U.S. Especially strong on cultural aspects and issues. Bibliographic references. An outstanding resource.
Dana Call Number: Ref. E184 .O6A827 1995.

Reference Library of European America. Detroit, Gale Research, 1999. 4 vols.
Vols 1 and 2 consist of essays describing the experiences of European immigrant groups in America (settlement patterns, acculturation and assimilation, language, family and community dynamics, and religion). Vols 3 and 4 describe the homeland countries.
Dana Call Number: Ref. E184.E95398 1999

Latino Encyclopedia. Richard and Rafael Chabran, editors. New York, Marshall Cavendish, 1996. 6 vols.
More than 1900 entries ranging from several paragraphs to signed full-length articles with annotated bibliographies relating to the Latino experience in the United States .
Dana Call Number: Ref. E184 .S75L57 1996.

Chicano Database
c. 1960- . Index to some 130 journals, as well as books, book chapters, popular magazines, and newspapers relating to Chicanos/Chicanas and Mexican Americans. From 1992 forward, includes records for material on the broader Latino experience, including Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, and Central American immigrants. Restricted Access.

Policy, Politics and Education

Education Commission of the States
ECS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization which works to improve public education by facilitating the exchange of information, ideas and experiences among state policymakers and education leaders. The ECS Education Issues section offers reports, information, and links about a wide array of current and emerging issues, trends and innovations in state education policy.

Public Agenda Issues: Education
A nonpartisan, nonprofit public opinion research and citizen education organization, Public Agenda offers background information, in-depth analyses and opinion studies on a variety of public policy issues.

Moving Ideas: The Electronic Policy Network: Education
Research and position papers on educational issues. A project of The American Prospect, the papers here tend be reflective of the middle to the left positions.

CQ Researcher
Extensive collection of weekly reports from Congressional Quarterly. Each report offers data, a variety of opinion, and a bibliography on a specific 'hot' issue. Restricted Access.

Public Opinion Polls

Gallup Poll Tuesday Briefing
2000- Weekly summary and analysis of the latest Gallup Poll findings. Restricted Access.
    Gallup Poll summaries are also available in:
    Gallup Poll Tuesday Briefing (print edition) 2002- Ref HM261 .A1G34
    Gallup Poll Monthly 1989-2002 Ref HM261 .A1G3
    Gallup Report 1981-1989 Ref HM261.G35
    Gallup Opinion Index 1967-1981 Ref. HM261.G35

The Harris Poll
Results of telephone and online public opinion surveys by HarrisInteractive.

Polling the Nations
"A compilation of the full-text of the questions and responses from over 14,000 national, state and local surveys conducted since 1986 by some 700 polling organizations in the United States and eighty other countries." Restricted Access.

Eagleton Poll Archive
Survey results and questionnaires from the quarterly Rutgers Eagleton Institute's survey of New Jersey residents on questions of political and social interest from 1971 to the present.

Education and the Economy

Columbia University's Institute on Education and the Economy conducts research on the implications of changes in the economy and labor markets for all levels of education and training systems. Areas of research focus include school-to-work, skill standards, reorganization of the workplace, and labor markets. In addition to their published books and reports the Institute also makes available

Law and Legislation

Lexis-Nexis Academic
Includes indexes to legal periodicals and law reviews, federal and state case law, Shepard's for US Supreme Court cases, and federal and state codes and regulations. Restricted Access.

THOMAS - Legislative Information on the Internet
Browse or search legislation from the 93d (1973) Congress to the present. A slightly dated but still valuable guide to Legislative Research with Thomas has been prepared by Larry Schankmann at Mansfield University.

New Jersey Legislature Home Page
Includes searchable index to New Jersey Statutes, as well as index to and legislative histories of bills in the current session.

Urban Education

Archive of ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education Publications
The ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, a major source of information on urban education, closed on December 19, 2000 after 35 years. The Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Columbia Teachers College is now maintaining an archive of publications created by the clearinghouse, including:

  • The Urban Diversity Series. Monographs, literature and research reviews, and resource guides concerning educational, socioeconomic, and social/psychological issues involved in the development of diverse urban populations.
  • Trends and Issues Series. Resources on social and educational developments which are changing the nature of schooling for urban and minority students.
  • ERIC Digests. Compilations of information on educational issues.

See also Urban Education, a guide to Rutgers and online resources for research in urban education.


Digest of Education Statistics
Compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of education from prekindergarten through graduate school. Include: the number of schools and colleges; teachers; enrollments; graduates; educational attainment; finances; federal funds for education; employment and income of graduates; etc.

The National Center for Education Statistics annually collects data about all public elementary and secondary schools, all local education agencies (school districts), and all state education agencies. This information then become part of the Common Core of Data (CCD) database. NCES uses CCD data to produce reports; they also make the database available to those researching American education.


The New Jersey Municipal Data Book. Montclair, N.J., New Jersey Associates, 1981- Annual
One page summaries of the population, government, finances, schools, and other characterisitics of each of New Jersey's towns and cities.
Dana Call Number: REF HD4606.N49N5. Most recent volume at Reference Desk.

County and City Data Book. Washington, D.C., Bureau of the Census, 1949- .
Social, economic, and business statistics for all U.S. counties, cities of 25,000 or more, and places of 2500 or more.
Dana Call Number: Most recent volume at Reference Desk.

County and City Data Books
Select data elements and create your own data tables based on data reported in the 1988 and 1994 data books.

American FactFinder
Select query elements to create maps and view data tables based on Census 2000, the 1990 Census, the American Community Survey, and the Economic Census. See definitions of the major geographic units for which census data is available.

1980 and 1970 Census of Population are located in the Census area in the Dana Library Reference Room. Population characteristics for the nation and by state (including county, central city, and place data) are available in the General Social and Economic Characteristics volumes:

  • 1980 CENSUS OF POPULATION, General Social and Economic Characteristics, U.S. Summary (C3.223/7:980)
  • 1980 CENSUS OF POPULATION, General Social and Economic Characteristics, Pt. 32 New Jersey (C32.223/7:980/c32)
  • 1970 CENSUS OF POPULATION, General Soical and Economic Characteristics, New Jersey (C3.223/9:970/C32)

You will need to use the Table Finding Guide in the front of each volume to locate the data that you need.

1997 Census of Governments: Federal, State, and Local
Covers government organization, public employment, and government finance. Includes public education finances.

School District Demographics
Census 2000 demographic data about children and their living environment, by school district. Also includes school district maps, as well as population and poverty estimites for school districts.

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John Cotton Dana Library
October 12, 2004