Lesson S-7

 Other Search Tools: For Finding 
Literature in the Social Sciences

The following are several other Web based tools that are valuable for finding scholarly and professional literature in education, human development, human resource development, and the other social sciences.  The approximately 20 tools are listed in alphabetical order. 
Advanced Book Exchange is the world's largest source of out of print books, listing 16 million titles from more than 5,000 booksellers.

Argus Clearinghouse provides ratings of Web sites with resources in various fields, including education. 

Association of American University Presses allows a combined search of the catalogues of 60 university presses with 75,000 books in print.  It also has links to the Web sites of 40 publishers of scholarly books. 

Associations Unlimited provides brief information on almost a half million associations world-wide, and links to the Web sites of 2,600 major national associations.  [Proprietary database.  GWU students must access it through the GWU Gelman Library site: From its home page, click “Databases”, then “Aladin Article and Other Databases.” Select “Alphabetical List,” and click “Associations Unlimited”]. 

Bowker Books In Print is the definitive guide to English language books currently being offered by publishers in the United States and Great Britain.    [Proprietary database.  GWU students must access it through the GWU Gelman Library site: From its home page, click “Databases”, then “Aladin Article and Other Databases.” Select “Alphabetical List,” and click “Books In Print”.  Please note that the database covers from 1995 to July 2000.  To access data after July 2000, click “Change Database” and select “Bowker Publishing Authority Database”]. 

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) is a government-wide compendium of Federal programs, projects, services, and activities.

Education Internet Resources provides links to hundreds of Web sites related to education and training. 

Education Resource Organizations Directory (EROD) allows searches of organizations with interests in education. 

Eldis is a gateway to Web sites with information on and for developing countries.

FirstSearch is an online reference system to several databases and provides access to electronic and traditional materials from libraries around the world and full text and full image documents from academic and professional journals.  [Proprietary database.  GWU students must access it through the GWU Gelman Library site: From its home page, click “Databases”, then “Aladin Article and Other Databases.” Select “Alphabetical List,” and click “FirstSearch Standard” or “FirstSearch Extended”]. 

Gateway To Educational Materials on the Web provides access to lesson plans, curriculum units, and other resources for teachers. 

Gelman Library Internet Resources Arranged by Subject provides links specifically developed for the Graduate School of Education and Human Development.  From the Gelman home page, click on “Research Guides” from the toolbar.  Select “Social Sciences” and click on “Counseling”, “Education Leadership”, “Human Resource Development”,  “Teacher Preparation or “Special Education”.

GOVBOT searches more than 1 million Web pages from U.S. Government and Web sites around the country. 

History of Education and Childhood provides links to many other sites with historical information related to children, youth, and education. 

Library of Congress is the largest physical library in the world, with more than 12 million books, journals, maps, etc.  In August, 1999, it implemented long needed improvements in the electronic search system.

National Center for Education Statistics has the major responsibility for collecting national education statistics in the United States.  Its “Digest of Education Statistics” has longitudinal data series and is available in full text online.

Official Federal Government Web Sites of the Executive Branch is an organized directory of Executive Branch government Web sites.  It also has links (near the top) to comparable directories of the Federal legislative and judicial Web sites.

Ovid is a database interface to which Gelman and members of the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) subscribes.  It is initially accessed through the individual databases in its domain, such as ERIC, Bowker Books in Print, PsycINFO, and PAIS International.  It allows for one search template for 36 databases, including those listed above, and a simultaneous keyword, author, title, or journal search for up to five databases.  In addition, Ovid has its own database of journals in full text called “Journals@ Ovid Full Text”.  [GWU students can access it through the GWU Gelman Library site: from its home page, click “Databases”, then “Aladin Article and Other Databases.” Select “Alphabetical List,” and click “ERIC”, “Books in Print”, “PsycINFO”, or “PAIS International”].

PolicyFile indexes and abstracts publications produced by a broad range of research organizations, university centers, think tanks, and others.  Provides links to full text, when available.  [Proprietary database.  GWU students must access it through the GWU Gelman Library site: From its home page, click “Databases”, then “Aladin Article and Other Databases.” Select “Alphabetical List,” and click “PolicyFile”].

Scout Report Signpost provides reviews of Web sites in various fields, including education. 

Sociological Abstracts indexes and abstracts a wide spectrum of literature in sociology, as do ERIC and PsycINFO.   [Proprietary database.  GWU students must access it through the GWU Gelman Library site: From its home page, click “Databases”, then “Aladin Article and Other Databases.” Select “Alphabetical List,” and click “Sociological Abstracts”.]. 

U.S. Agency for International Development--Education & Training Resourcesprovides links to various Web sites with information on education and training for developing countries. 

U.S. Department of Education has an extensive Web site, with the full text of many reports and links to many other resources.

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