MSED 3100

MSED 7800 - Professional Development Seminar II

This webpage aims to connect you to resources to assist you in your research.

Valdosta State University's Odum Library Homepage


Print Reference Materials

You will find print reference sources in both the main reference collection and the "reference alcove." Please ask the Reference Librarian on duty at the reference desk for assistance in finding materials.


An example of a print reference resource


Philosophy of education - encylopedia


Online Reference Sources


An example of an online reference resource


Gale Virtual Reference Library


Finding Databases to search for Scholarly Articles

  • Go to the library home page (www.valdosta.edu/academics/library/).
  • Click on the Articles tab, if it is not already selected.
  • Click the arrow for the drop menu located under Articles & Databases by Subject to reach subject pages for VSU majors.


Is a Journal Peer-Reviewed?

  • To check whether or not a journal is peer-reviewed, use: Ulrichs


Recommended Databases for Education

Finding News and Trade Publications

NOTE: You will need to login through Anywhere Access or know the GALILEO password if you are off campus.

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)

Search for articles and blog entries about MOOCs in current education news publications:

Explore major course sites:

Government Documents

Publications of the federal government can be excellent primary sources. The following search engines may be useful:

Community, School, and District Information from Government Sources

  • American FactFinder U.S. Census data for population, housing, economics, and geography.
  • National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) U.S. Department of Education agency responsible for data about education. See the Most Viewed NCES Sites drop-down list for popular reports such as the Nation's Report Card, Digest of Education Statistics, and more.
  • Search for Public School Districts NCES data on district and individual public school enrollment characteristics, ratio of students to teacher, district funding, and more for schools across the United States.

Help with getting articles full-text or in print

Other Skills and Resources

APA Style




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