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Education Guide

Welcome to the Education Subject Guide.

Purpose: Help CUW undergraduate and graduate students in K-12 Teacher & Administrator programs discover useful academic and professional resources.

Help Available: If you need help finding resources, please feel free to contact librarians with Ask a Librarian or on the Library Tab in the Portal (phone, email, chat)

How to Use: Resources in this guide are organized by type. Click a tabs to see appropriate information for your need.

Institutional Repository: CUW Graduate Education Action Research Project

APA Citation Style Guide

Course Guides

ED 231/EDG 576/EDG 876 Children’s Literature
EDG LICI Research Seminars


Gale Academic OneFile (Gale) Academic OneFile provides millions of articles from over 17,000 scholarly journals and other authoritative sources—including podcasts and transcripts from NPR and CNN as well as videos from BBC Worldwide Learning.

Academic Search Complete (EBSCOhost) Comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with full-text periodicals, including peer-reviewed journals. Indexing and abstracts for journals monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.

ProQuest Central Coverage of over 160 subject areas, including business and economics, health and medical, education, news and world affairs, and more.

LearningExpress Library (Provided by Badgerlink)
Teaching Licensing Exams Preparation materials.
See “Exam Preparation” tab for instructions

Education Research Specific

Education Database (ProQuest) Literature and articles on primary, secondary and higher education as well as special education, home schooling and adult education.

Education Source (EBSCOhost) This database provides scholarly research  for education students, professionals, and policy makers. It covers all levels of education — from early childhood to higher education — as well as all educational specialties such as multilingual education, health education, and testing. Content includes: full text and indexing for journals, books and monographs, conference papers, and book reviews.

Educational Administration Abstracts (EBSCOhost-provided by Badgerlink) Includes bibliographic records covering areas related to educational administration, including educational leadership, educational management, educational research, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline.

ERIC (EBSCOhost-provided by Badgerlink) Provides citation and abstract information for educational journals and related documents from the Educational Resource Information Center and educational symposium.  1967-present.

ERIC Document Reproduction Service (EDRS) Provides access to 80% of ERIC Documents (ED) from 1993 to the present. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the full documents.

Explora for Educators (Provided by Badgerlink) lesson plans, student tools, curriculum standards, and other professional development resources for educators.

Gale OneFile: Educators Reference Complete (Gale) This database seeks to provide full text for titles in the Eric database and covers multiple levels of education from preschool to college, and every educational specialty–such as technology, bilingual education, health education, and testing. It also provides insight on issues in administration, funding, and policy.

Professional Development Collection (EBSCOhost-provided by Badgerlink) High quality education journals and educational reports.

Classroom Content

Children’s Core Collection (H.W. Wilson) (EBSCOhost-provided by Badgerlink) Fiction and nonfiction works, story collections, picture books and magazines recommended for readers in preschool through sixth grade.  Books cover a wide variety of topics, including social sciences, science, math and reading.

Explora for Elementary Schools (Provided by Badgerlink) Content for elementary school students on arts and music, geography, language arts, math, science and health, and social studies.

Explora for Middle & High Schools (Provided by Badgerlink) Content for Middle and High School Students on a wide range of subjects including Arts and Literature, Current Issues, Geography, Science and Math, and History.

MAS Complete (EBSCOhost-provided by Badgerlink) High school magazines, full-text reference books, biographies, primary source documents, photos, maps & flags. 1975-present.

Middle and Junior High Core Collection (H.W. Wilson) (EBSCOhost-provided by Badgerlink) This Collection is a selective list of fiction and non-fiction books recommended for grades 5 through 9, along with review sources and other professional aids.

Middle Search Plus (EBSCOhost-provided by Badgerlink) Provides full text for  popular middle school magazines, primary sources, images, maps, flags, biographies, and historical essays. All full text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).

Primary Search (EBSCOhost-provided by Badgerlink) Full-text popular magazines for elementary school research. Full text articles date as far back as 1990 and are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles).

Database Tutorials

Using Databases Guide


Looking for some suggestions for learning activities and lesson plans? Many museums, book publishers, and non-profits offer free materials for teachers on their website.

The Learning Network (New York Times)
EduCore (ASCD)
History Lesson Plans & Class Materials (Library of Congress)
Wisconsin History (Wisconsin Historical Society)
Language Arts Lessons & Ideas (Scholastic)
LitCharts (Book guides, poetry guides, Shakespeare)
National Center for Case Studies Teaching Science (grade 6 & up)
Science Teaching Resources from NAST (K-12)
Read Write Think (K-12 Lesson plans, learning objectives, Apps, videos) (vocabulary lists for books & current events)

Use these search techniques to locate Primary Research inside databases.

  1. Add the following row of keywords to your search: (methods AND results) OR methodology OR “case study” OR “this study” OR “a study”. You will want to copy and paste this entire row of keywords into its own search box (see first example below).

Important! From your list of results, you will still need to examine each article to see if it is primary research.

Advanced Search in ProQuest with added keywords 

  1. Filter by Document Type: on the Advanced Search page choose Case Study under Document Type or Publication Type. In ProQuest Education Journals, it looks like this:

ProQuest advanced search document type: case study

All of these results are generally primary research articles, but not all primary research is a case study, so you will likely be missing some primary research articles on your topic by searching this way.

  1. In ERIC database, you can choose “Reports – All” and/or “Reports – Research” under Publication Type

reports publication type in ERIC database

See the Finding Journal Articles Help Guide for detailed instructions for finding and accessing electronic and print journal articles.

Finding Journal Articles By Journal Title in Primo

  1. Open  Primo Journal Title Search
  2. Search for the Journal’s TitlePrimo Journal Title Search Box
  3. Click on the Journal in the search results.
  4. Search inside the journal for keywords on the journal page.

Search Inside this journal search box


For General Instructions: FINDING BOOKS

Library of Congress Call Numbers

L                Education

LB             Theory & Practice (Teaching & Administration)

LB1762-66  Praxis Exam Study Guides

LC             Special aspects (Subjects, School types, types of students)


Ebook Central
EBSCO eBooks

Reference Books

Reference Books are located in the short stacks in the center of the Library.

Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership & AdministrationEbook
Theological Dictionary of the New TestamentBS2312 .T51 1985
Encyclopedia of Christian EducationREF BV1471.3 .E53 2015
Encyclopedia of American EducationREF LB17 .U54 2001

Encyclopedia of Special Education

Gender and Education : and EncyclopediaREF LC213 .G425 2007

Education Trade Magazines are magazine written by teachers and administrators for teachers and administrators. They are a great way to obtain advice and classroom-tested ideas. Magazines usually target a specific class subject or grade focus (early childhood, elementary, middle, or secondary teachers).

At CUW Library, they are available in Print & in Education Databases.

Proquest Databases


In Advanced Search, choose the Source type:

Ebsohost Databases


In Advanced Search, choose the Publication type:


These links open a database where you can search for articles within the journal. Many of these titles are also available in print, so check Primo as well.


Americans with Disabilities Act
Current law text with revisions  

Cornell Legal Dictionary Education Page
legal history and federal and state cases

Safe Supportive Learning
School discipline laws organized by state

Education Commission of the States (ECS) Wisconsin Guide
Wisconsin education laws organized by topic (up to 2016)

Teacher examination study guides are primarily located within the call number range of : LB1762 and LB1766 in Main Stacks and Course Reserves.

In Primo, choose Study guide under Format filter

Praxis CORE tests in Reading, Writing, and Math Study guides:

Praxis® core academic skills for educators (5712, 5722, 5732) : 2014.
Praxis Prep. 2018.

Onlne Resources

LearningExpress Library
1. From the homepage select Career Preparation
2. Click on Prepare for an Occupation Exam
3. Scroll down to Teaching
4. Choose: Prepare for the Praxis® Core Tests or Prepare for the Praxis II® Subject Assessments
5. Under the relevant practice test or exam guide click Sign in or Register.
6. Click Register and create a free account.

Note: If you are located on-campus, your institution will be “Badgerlink”. 

Off-campus users:

1. Choose Mequon-Concordia University Wisconsin from the Choose Your Library list
2. Enter your CUW library barcode.
3. On the Find Resources page, click on LearningExpress Library and create a LearningExpress User Account.



Video Tutorials

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