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Early Childhood Education

Welcome to the Early Childhood Education library research guide!

This guide acts as a starting point for your research. Consult it to learn where to find books, articles, journals, databases, and other information resources.

How to use this Guide:
Click on the button in the left navigation to find resources about early childhood education in the relevant format you wish to search.

The other pages in this guide will help you find what you need to complete your assignment.

  • Journals/Finding Articles will help you find reliable scholarly articles on your topic.
  • Finding Books will help you find background and in-depth information about your topic.
  • Evaluate Sources has a framework for determining the reliability and usefulness of your sources. 
  • Write and Cite has links to places you can go for help writing your project and citing your sources. 

If you need help with research, email me or schedule a time for a one-on-one conversation (see box on the left). I am happy to help!

Exploring a Topic

The best way to begin your research is to explore the many possible facets of a topic. Encyclopedias are a great resource to do this. Browse the following resources to explore your research topic.

Requesting articles or books not available online or in Doane's Perkins Library

If you find a reference to a book or article that isn't available in Doane's library, we can get a copy for your use using a process called Interlibrary Loan. You can ask us online or in person to get materials for your use.

EDC 427, Spring 2021

Activity 1

In this exercise, we'll investigate how blogs can inform scholarly research.

Go to the blog post "Understanding and Implementing an Anti-Bias Curriculum in Early Childhood Education." Look for the following pieces of information:

  • Author - Name, position/occupation, affiliated university/organization
  • Purpose - Why did the author write this post?
  • Point of view - Does the author offer a balanced perspective? What are the author's biases?
  • Currency - Are the topics recent? Could the information be outdated?
  • References - Links or citations referring to other research, studies or information
  • Comments - Responses, rebuttals, critiques, questions or additional information from the blogging community
  • Names or organizations - Individual experts, researchers, experts or other people mentioned
  • Facts or data - Information facts for figures, linked or not linked
  • Related search ideas - Other topics mentioned in the post or the blog
  • Keyword - Relevant ideas, phrases to use to search for more information

Now go to the blog post "The Importance of Promoting Diversity in Early Childhood Programs" and look for the same pieces of information as above.


Activity 2

This time we'll search for scholarly information on the topic of your choice, that is related to this course, to discover how the research -- the "scholarly conversation" -- may have evolved over time.

Use Education Source or Education Collection to search for a full-text scholarly article on your topic published within in the last year. Write the citation for this article in the first box of the handout and then count and report the number of references listed at the end of the article. The rest of the handout will be explained as we go.