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Education Articles & Books

Education Articles & Books


Our databases house thousands of top academic, scholarly journals in the field.  In order to find research articles within those journals, you need to search these databases. You will need your student id and password to access these databases from home. Remember, your student id and password are what you use to log in to Cougar Courses and your email account:

ERIC:  A national information system funded by the U.S. Department of Education which provides access to both journal articles and documents (such as national education reports) on education-related issues.

PsycINFO: A comprehensive international database of psychology, covering academic and empirical research in psychology.

Sociological Abstracts: Provides access to the latest international findings in theoretical and applied sociology, social science, and political science.

JSTOR: Contains scholarly journal articles in sociology, history, education, political science, and much more (no full-text for the latest 5 years)

Academic Search Premier: Offers scholarly and general information in nearly every area of academic study including, including education and many more.

Google Scholar: Link to citations and full-text from your CSUSM Library databases and beyond!

Remember, if CSUSM does not own the article you need, please use Interlibrary Loan to request the article from another library.  Once received, the article will be emailed directly to your CSUSM email account (**allow 1-10 business days for delivery**).


Books are a great place to start your research journey because they provide general and historical background information on your topic. Below is a list of books by "keywork" and "subject headings" that are related to topics in Education. To find other books related to Education in our library, use our Library Catalog.

Books in Other Libraries:

The Circuit: Browse and check out books from San Diego County libraries, click on the tab that says "Circuit" (ships within 2-5 business days)

Worldcat: Browse and check out books from libraries all over the country (ships within 1-10 business days)

Education Resources

Education Resources

Study Guides

Are you studying for the CBEST or CSET this year? Do you need to know what the California Content Standards are for your discipline?  Would you like to know what the teacher credential requirements are in California?

Start here...

  • CBEST located on the 4th Floor

CBEST Preparation Materials

  • CSET located on the 4th floor

CSET Preparation Materials

Teacher Certification Requirements in All Fifty States located in (4th floor) LB 1771 .T43

Make sure to take a look at all the Education materials in our Reference area (3rd floor of the Kellogg Library), starting in the L's. 

Government Websites


Lesson Plans

  • American Memory Project: Sponsored by the Library of Congress, this site offers a variety of history lesson plans and teacher resources.
  • Illuminations: Sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, this site offers a variety of mathematical lesson plans and teacher resources.
  • Smithsonian Education Lesson Plans: These lesson plans focus primarily on "inquiry-based" learning using primary sources and various museum collections.
  • Figure This!- Download and print math challenges.             
  • HotChalk Lesson Plans: This is a site that hosts lesson plans for teachers/by teachers.
  • International Education and Resource Network (iEARN) enables teachers to collaborate on projects via the Internet that "both enhance learning and make a difference in the world."
  • Lesson Planet is a lesson plan search engine for teachers that provides teacher-reviewed online resources including more than 150,000 online lesson plans and 75,000 online worksheets.
  • National Library of Virtual Manipulatives - Interactive, web-based tutorials
  • North Coastal Consortium for Special Education - "A Special Education Local Planning Area (SELPA) that is composed of 14 school districts in the North County. 
  • SpellingCity - Free site that makes learning to spell fun!
  • Time4Writing - provides a series of 8-week, teacher-led courses for elementary, middle school and high school students. 

    Many websites have compiled lists of multicultural lesson plans and resources, like the Virtual Middle School Library, and the Multicultural Pavilion's Resources and Dialogues for Equity in Education.


    Other Useful Websites

    • - free site that helps you become an educator in California

    Applied Behavior Analysis Program

    Please follow this link to watch the ABA introduction video.  Contact Tricia Lantzy, Health & Human Services Librarian, for more information regarding resources for this program: or call (760) 750-4399

    Award Winning Children's Books

    Award Winning Children's Books

    Award Winning Children's Books

    Most of these award winning children and young adult books are located up on the 5th floor of our library, but make sure to check the library catalog to see if we actually own the titles you need. 

    Please see the American Library Association for Library Service to Children for a more detailed listing:

    • Caldecott Medal
      Honors the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Click here to view past winners.
    • California Young Reader Medal Award
      California children have nominated, read, and voted for the winners of the California Young Reader Medal. Click here to view past winners.
    • Coretta Scott King Award
      Awarded to African American authors and illustrators of children's books that promotes understanding and appreciation of a pluristic society.  Click here to view past winners.
    • Geisel Medal
      The Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal honors the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished beginning reader books of American children’s literature. Click here to view past winners.

    International Children's Digital Library - A digital library of outstanding children's books from around the world

    Virginia Hansen Curriculum Room

    Hansen Curriculum Room

    The Virginia Hansen Curriculum Room houses materials that can be used in the classroom as teaching aids. Items such as puppets, manipulatives, kits and much more are ready for checkout.

    Below is a list of subjects related to topics in teaching and instructional materials. To find more items in our curriculum library use our Library Catalog.

    Teaching Guides

    Instructional Materials 

    Juvenile Literature*

    Juvenile Literature Bibliography

    Hansen Video


    *A collection of children's books is located just outside the Virginia Hansen Curriculum Room (KEL 5106) in the JUV section up on the 5th floor of the Kellogg Library.

    The San Diego County Office of Education houses the Learning Resource Display Center (LRDC) where several K-8 adopted instructional materials are held for your use.

    Barahona Collection

    Barahona Collection

    The Barahona Collection, located on the 5th floor of the Kellogg Library, houses thousands of books in Spanish for children and teens.  Thanks to the generous donation of the Sulpizio family, the collection was named to honor the memory of Flor and Francisco Barahona. 


    Want to know more about the Dual Language program here at CSUSM?  Click here!

    Want to know more about the Bilingual Authorization -- Spanish program?  Click here!


    For information regarding the Barahona Collection please call (760) 750-4070


    *Please check this page regularly for new additions to the collection and programming information.*


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    Toni Olivas

    Education & Sociology Librarian
    Office Location: 
    KEL 5011
    Office Hours: 
    by appointment

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