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Education Research Guide

Guide to sources of information for education


Reference Sources

Printed reference sources remain critical to doing research. Increasingly, however, reference sources are being made available online. These lists are not comprehensive. Below are some online reference materials. Browse the shelves or ask a librarian for suggestions of additional sources.

Internet Sources

This section has Internet resources in general and international education. Its purpose is to serve as a starting point -- a guide to selected resources -- rather than a comprehensive list.

Open access e-journals and full text archives

General Education Resources

Special Education Resources

  • Council for Exceptional Children 

    Organization committed to "improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents." Be sure to follow links to specialized divisions, each of which has its own website.

  • IDEA Partnership 

    Collaborative effort of over 50 organizations at the national, state, and local levels working to "transform the way we work and improve outcomes for students and youth with disabilities."

  • National Association of State Directors of Special Education 

    Note especially the Projects and the Resource Links tabs, which include extensive collections of links to government and non-profit organizations.

  • NEA - IDEA / Special Education 

    The National Education Association's special education section provides links to research reports and articles of interest.

Resources for Using Primary Materials in the Classroom

Government Resources

Local Government Resources

Professional Development for Teachers

Public school systems maintain libraries specifically geared toward the professional development of teachers. These libraries provide useful resources that allow teachers to do research in education. If your school district isn’t listed, call and ask.


Montgomery County Public Schools
Prince George's County Public Schools


Arlington County Public Schools
Fairfax County Public Schools