EDUC 5535: Diagnostic Testing in Bilingual/ESL Education
Developing a comprehensive understanding of your topic is essential when embarking on research. One way to gain background information is to utilize reference sources. This will help you to focus and concentrate your interest in a researchable portion of your topic. For help developing background information:
Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education, 2004
REF DEPT STACKS--Library Use Only-- LC1099.3 .H35 2004
Bilingual education : a reference handbook, 2002
NORLIN STACKS-- LC3731 .F45 2002
Encyclopedia of Language and Education, 1997
REF DEPT STACKS -- Library Use Only --P40.8 .E53 1997
Handbook of research in second language teaching and learning, 2005
NORLIN STACKS-- P118.2 .H359 2005
These print and web resources provide access to information on tests and measurements.
Online Research Methods Reference Sources
Encyclopedia of Evaluation
The Encyclopedia of Evaluation is a who, what, where, how, and why of evaluation. Evaluation is a profession, a practice, a discipline—and it has developed and continues to develop through the ideas and work of evaluators and evaluation theorists working in real places with high hopes for social improvement. Each ...
Encyclopedia of Measurement and Statistics
It's an interesting paradox when an important subject, which can help us make sense of our busy, everyday world, is considered very difficult to approach. Such is the case with measurement and statistics. However, this does not necessarily have to be the case, and we believe that the Encyclopedia of ...
Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods
These volumes comprise an encyclopedia of social science research methods, the first of its kind. Uniqueness explains, at least partly, why we undertook the project. It has never been done before. We also believe that such an encyclopedia is needed. What is an encyclopedia? In ancient Greek, the word signifies ...
Before you start to research a topic, you need to develop keywords that represent your research interest, question, or inquiry. Keywords are significant words (usually nouns or noun phrases) which can be used as search terms in online catalogs or databases. Keywords will determine the quantity and relevance of results you retrieve when searching.
First you will identify and articulate your topic in your own words:
Example: I am interested in investigating the effectiveness of authentic assesment techniques for writing with second language learners.
Next you will designate the main concepts or ideas that describe the topic:
second language learning
Then develop other terms and vocabulary that represent the topic. Some terms may be broader, narrower, or synonyms. Adding terms that represent geographical distincitions, time periods, or significant figures about your topic may also be useful.
second language acquisition
foreign language instruction
English Language Learners
AND: second language learners AND literacy (must find both terms)
OR: testing OR assessment (must find one of the terms)
NOT: testing NOT standardized (must find first term NOT second term)
Phrases: “second language learners” (must find that phrase in that order)
Synonyms: (“second language learner” OR ELLs) AND literacy
Wildcards: assess* will find assessment, assessments, assessing, etc.
You may use the UCB Search Strategy/ Keyword Worksheet to develop your own topic.
For deatails on combining keywords for the best results view the
Chinook is the Libraries’ catalog. You may search all of the Boulder campus libraries (except the Law Library). The catalog lists books, microfilm, media, journal titles (will not list article titles).
Related Subject Terms in the Library Catalog:
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Relevant Collections: Reference Specific Collections, Library Holdings, State Education Journal Index (SEJI), Testing and Assessment Instruments, and Faculty Collection.
If the item you want is not in Chinook or is checked out, you may search Prospector. Prospector is a unified catalog of 23 libraries in Colorado and Wyoming.
If you cannot find the material with Chinook or Prospector, you may request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) with Illiad.
Articles and More
Depending on the sources you need you will look in different databases. There are numerous types of databases some will provide citations and abstracts, some will also include fulltext, some will link to reference materials, and more.
You may explore our databases organized by categories and subcategories. Remember to read the descriptions of each database to determine which will suit your needs.
These databases contain citations and abstracts but usually not the full-text. Use the Find it at CU link within the database to connect to the electronic or print version of the article.
Includes comprehensive coverage of an international range of English-language periodicals, monographs and yearbooks. Coverage includes about 79 journals not covered by ERIC. Education Abstracts indexes articles from 1983 to present. In most cases, the Find it at CU icon will connect to the full-text. Access limited to four simultaneous users. Requires VPN software to access off campus.
ERIC Education Resources Information Center (CSA) provides access to more than 1.2 million abstracts of journal articles (EJ) and other education-related documents (ED). CSA also provides saved searches, email alerts and other education-related databases. Included is full-text access to ERIC Documents (ED) from 1996 to present. ERIC is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES). Requires VPN software to access off campus.
ERIC is also available in a free web-based version.
ERIC Documents (ED) from 1966-1993 are available on microfiche and can be requested from Pascal using the ERIC Document request form.
The database covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Includes descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics. Provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,500 serials publications, and abstracts of books, book chapters, and dissertations.
Mental measurements yearbook The MMY series contains information essential for a complete evaluation of test products within such areas as psychology, education, business, and leadership. All MMY entries contain descriptive information (e.g., test purpose, publisher, pricing) and edited review(s) written by leading content area experts.
Teacher Reference Center is an index of more than 260 titles from teacher and administration trade journals, periodicals, and books. It provides coverage on topics such assessment, best practices, continuing education, current pedagogical research, curriculum development, elementary education, higher education, instructional media, language arts, literacy standards, school administration, science and mathematics, teacher education, and more.
Recommended Full-Text Collections:
Includes the full text of 26 peer-reviewed journals published by SAGE and participating societies distinguished by up to 40 years of backfiles, and encompasses over 8,000 articles.
Contains more than 50 major peer reviewed education journals including those published by the American Education Research Association.
Or search numerous guides leading to valuable resources (databases, print, online directories and more): Research and Subject Guides
Find it @ CU Article Finder
If you have a citation, complete this form to find the article in electronic or print.
OR use the Chinoook Journals/ Serials Title search. Be sure to look for the journal magazine title. Then follow the links to the correct volume, issue, year, page number.
Related Library Guides
A guide to research resources in Education available from the University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries.
This guide, from the Government Publications Library, provides links to data on education from federal , state and international sources.
Journals of Interest
- American Educational Research Journal (Online)
- Bilingual Research Journal (Online)
- Education and Urban Society (Online)
- Education Policy Analysis Archives (Online)
- Educational Researcher (Online)
- Exceptional Children (Online)
- Journal of Educational Psychology (Online)
- Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development (Online) (Print)
- Reading Research Quarterly (Online)
- Remedial and Special Education (Online)
- TESOL Journal (1991-2003)
- TESOL Quarterly (Online)
Books of Interest
Websites of Interest
Center for Applied Linguistics--CAL
Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition—CARLA
University of California Linguistic Minority Research Institute
Education Commission of the States
Colorado Department of Education
Office of English Language Acquisition- US Dept. of Education
UCB Libraries Citation Guides
UCB Libraries' resource page for citation guides.
A personal online database and bibliography creator that allows users to create a personal database online, import references automatically from multiple databases, organize references, and quickly format bibliographies and manuscripts. You will need to create a login and password. Provided by the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries.
Education Subject Specialist
Dir. of Equity, Diversity & Education Library