At Kresge Library
Kresge Library's online catalog is called Voyager. It includes books, government documents, journals (but not individual journal articles), and audiovisual materials at OU only. You may search for materials in a number of ways:
"early childhood education" AND mathematics
...will find books and documents about mathematics in early childhood education. To search for phrases (i.e., two words that are generally found together--"global warming," "Great Lakes," "early childhood," etc.) in the Boolean keyword search mode, enclose the phrase in double quotation marks.
Other Boolean Search Tips
Limit your search by year, language, format, and location by clicking on the Limits button at the bottom of the page and following the instructions. When you finish setting your limits, click on the Set Limits button. NOTE: Be sure to set your limits BEFORE you input your search terms.
For additional guidance in searching Voyager, consult Kresge Library's Library Catalog tutorial.
Books at Other Libraries
Your research should not be limited to materials owned by OU. Use WorldCat, the combined holdings of thousands of libraries, to identify other books on your topic.
By document type (ED or EJ): To narrow your search to journal articles (and not ERIC documents), click on the arrow selection button to the right of the Document Type box, and then highlight Journal. To limit your search to ERIC documents (ED), click on the arrow selection button to the right of the division box, and highlight Document.
By record type: Since 1979, all records in ERIC are assigned up to three publication types (ED records have been assigned publication types since 1974). Some publication types, with their code numbers, are listed below. To limit your search by publication type, in a search box type pt:***, where the asterisks are replaced by the publication type's code. For example, type pt:143 to limit your search to research articles. You may also type 143 in the search box, then choose Record type from the Index pull-down menu.
There is a wide variety of information available on the Internet; some of it useful, much of it not. Remember that ANYONE can publish ANYTHING on the Internet, regardless of whether s/he is qualified to do so. Therefore, as a researcher, you must be careful to evaluate the information that you find for accuracy, currency, authority, and objectivity. Listed below are some resources that you may find helpful.
The tools listed on the library's Search the Internet page may be useful in finding other early childhood education sites.
Education General Sites
Early Childhood Education Sites
Action Research Sites
People: Note the prominent people who are researching and writing on your topic. Consider emailing or contacting experts for additional information, new perspectives, recent findings, etc.
Browsing shelves: In libraries, books on the same subject are shelved together. When you find a book that's relevant to your topic, look at other books near it; they may also be helpful. Additionally, the OU library uses the Library of Congress (LC) classification to organize its books; therefore, if you are visiting another library that uses LC classification (usually college and university libraries), check the same call number range that was helpful to you at OU for books on the same topic.
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