Early Childhood Ed Research

Explore your passion–here’s how to find information on Early Childhood Education topics!

First, get to the Barber Library Webpage at:  http://www.cocc.edu/Library/.


To Get Some Background–Use Online Encyclopedia Collections:

Look for the encyclopedias and more icon to access online encyclopedia collections. These resources to explore possible topics or to find out more about one particular topic.

I list a few of these online encyclopedia collections below. 

Each online encyclopedia in your results list offers sections /articles (but these are encyclopedia articles, not journal articles) on your topic.

Note that all of these resources allow you to download or e-mail sections/articles to yourself AND most have a citation function that lets you choose APA format!

Credo Reference Online

Gale Reference Online

Oxford Reference Online

If you have a social issues topic you might also want to explore:

CQ Researcher

Opposing Viewpoints

Your instructors suggest that you also take a look  at these NAEYC Position statements:  http://www.naeyc.org/positionstatements.


To Get Some Articles, Use Journal Article Databases:

Look for the Articles and More icon to access journal article databases.  Journal article databases let you search on your topic to locate academic, scholarly articles.  The library purchases these databases for you to search–this is different from searching on Google or other “free web” search engines!

Here’s a few databases (from our list of over 100) that might be especially helpful for ECE topics:

Academic Search Premier

Educators Reference Complete

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

Health Source Consumer Edition

JSTOR (full text articles in Arts and Humanities)

Take a look at the Resources by Subject icon as well–it will list all databases and online encyclopedias for specific subject areas!


To Search A Journal Article Database:

  • choose to limit your results to full text
  • explore pull down menus that let you choose to limit your search to article titles
  • start with keyword searching when available

  • use ” ” for phrases

  • use * to locate endings to words (truncation)

  • use boolean commands (nicotine or smok*) and pregnan*

  • full text articles may be e-mailed, downloaded or printed from the screen–we now have a service that looks for the full text of articles ACROSS multiple databases!

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