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Education Article Databases

For Starters

  • Educator's Reference Desk
    The Educator's Reference Desk service provides education information to teachers, librarians, counselors, administrators, parents, and others throughout the United States and the world. Access to the ERIC database and over 2,000 lessons plans are just some of the useful information you will find here. Got an education question? You just might find the answer here!
  • Education World
    A well-organized site, this is the place "where educators go to learn." The site supports K-12 school administrators and teachers by providing information on lesson plans, curriculums, books in education, school administration, special themes, and educational Web site reviews. Browse or search by keyword a database of more than 120,000 educational sites. Advanced search features include keyword searching by title, description, or URL, grade level, and age of link. Some notable features include a Holidays Center which is a good place to get ideas for educational activities for children, a School Administrators Archive, and a World School Directory.
  • Indiana Will Educate Better
    IWEB is a professional organization of Indiana educators who share their experiences and knowledge with other educators from around the state. IWEB Network has links to technology training, lesson plans, learning activities, and discussion lists.
  • No Child Left Behind
    A website devoted to enhancing understanding and providing resources to support the No Child Left Behind education law signed by President Bush on January 8, 2002. Links for testing, charter schools, state contacts, and news are a few of the links available.
  • Usable Knowledge
    This site "provides educational leaders with crisp and convenient access to research that can be used to improve education--learning, teaching, institutional organization and policy."
  • Teacher's Domain
    This site serves as a repository for free materials, including media from Nova, Frontline and other broadcasting partners.


Curriculum and Lesson Plans | Early Childhood | K-12 | Electronic Journals

  • Curriculum and Lesson Plans

    • Curricular Resources
      A collection of teachers' curricula created between 1978-1997 on a wide range of subjects including various aspects of literature, student diversity, music, environmental science, law, film, science, race and ethnicity, political science, folklore, art and architecture, theater, history, adolescents and their health, technology, the sixties, and many more. From the Fellows of the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute.
    • ENSIWeb
      Funded by the National Science Foundation and hosted by Indiana University, this site contains "a collection of classroom lessons to help biology teachers more effectively teach basic concepts in the areas of evolution and the nature of science." Developed and tested by biology teachers during nine years of summer institutes, the lessons are grouped under three topics: Nature of Science, Evolution, and Origin of Life. Lesson plan contents include a synopsis, concepts, materials, time, teaching strategy, procedures, and handouts in .pdf format. Some lessons are still under development. The site also contains a Teaching Units section, although only one unit, on Human Evolution, is currently available. Additional resources include papers and articles by ENSI (Evolution and the Nature of Science Institutes) participants and a modest collection of annotated links.
    • MERLOT
      MERLOT stands for Multimedia Educational Resource For Learning and Online Teaching. It is a digital online library of lesson plans and ideas in the arts, business, education, the humanities, science and technology, and social studies. Membership is required to download or upload plans, but it is free.
    • Teachers Helping Teachers
      This is a non-profit site created by teachers and for teachers. It consists mostly of well organized lesson plans, but it does have sections on stress reducers and poetry.
  • Early Childhood

    • Child Care & Early Education Research Connections
      Child Care and Early Education Research Connections promotes high quality research in child care and early education and the use of that research in policy making. Their vision is that children are well cared for and have rich learning experiences, and their families are supported and able to work. Through this Web site, CCEERC offers research and data resources for researchers, policy makers, practitioners, and others.
    • Classic Theories of Child Development
      A text-based tutorial allows you to view Mahler's, Freud's and Erikson's theories of development in relation to each other. This tutorial is part of the Child Development Website that hosts a newsgroup about early childhood development.
      Designed for the early childhood educator, this site features articles and Web links to assist teachers with curriculum planning for children from the infant/toddler ages to the kindergarten/primary grade level. Significant content includes arts and crafts ideas, research articles to promote professional development, and a sharing board where practitioners and parents can ask and answer one another's questions. Search the Child Care Central database for child care providers and pre-schools near you.
    • Early Childhood Education Web Guide
      Busy with ad banners and freebies, ECE provides lots of great information on various aspects of early childhood. Information on different development theories, discipline, health and safety are just some of the excellent resources.
  • K-12

      With news, shopping opportunities, online communities, lesson ideas and how-tos, this website has lots of information to help teachers hone their craft.
  • Electronic Journals

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Other Internet Guides

  • America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2002
    This website focuses on 24 indicators of children's well-being that are gathered by representatives of many federal agencies and private experts. Demographic data on childcare; family, health and educational experiences; children's behavior; and the child's social environment is easily accessible. One strength of this website is its ability to compare US data with data from other countries.
  • Yahoo - Education
    Nicely organized directory, starting off with today's education news and events.
  • Condition of Education 1999 -- NCES
    The US Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has recently placed online the 1999 edition of the well regarded Condition of Education. This compendium of 60 indicators selected by education studies professionals and based on data from various NCES studies describes the "current status and recent progress of education in the United States." The indicators are arranged in five categories: Learner Outcomes;Quality of Education Environments (Elementary/Secondary); Quality of Education Environments (Postsecondary); Social Support for Education; and Educational Participation and Progress. Users may download the publication in its entirety or by section in .pdf format. Two sets of supplemental tables, totalling over 100 pages, are also available.
  • Campus Crime
    Statistics for 6,000 campuses from the U.S. Dept. of Education
  • College and University Rankings
    Created by the Education and Social Science Library at the University of Illinois, "... this site succeeds remarkably in providing one-source access to the best of this literature." Choice, November, 1999.

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