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Literacy topics including literacy, literacy education, & reading and writing education. To obtain a full understanding of certain literacy topics, it is important to study the various controversies related to those topics. Some ESL (English as a second language) topics will be found here, however ESL is not the primary focus of this page.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

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Indexes nearly 600 education journals as far back as 1929. Includes book reviews.

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ERIC is the Education Resources Information Center. It provides access to education-related journal and non-journal literature. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, it provides full citations and abstracts for journal articles, books, curricula, government documents, dissertations, reports, and other educational materials.

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LLBA covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Complete coverage is also given to various fields of linguistics including descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical linguistics.

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Since its establishment in 1914, PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) has chronicled issues in the public debate through highly selective coverage of a wide variety of sources, including references to monographs, periodical articles, notes and announcements, government documents, policy reports and analytics. Addition of the Archive to our current PAIS International database extends comprehensive access to public and social policy information.

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Catalogs and Bibliographies


Find books, journals, articles, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films, theses/dissertations, machine-readable data files, and any other materials available in libraries worldwide. This covers all subject areas. Request items through Interlibrary Loan using the ILLiad link on each item's record. WorldCat is produced by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center, Inc.)

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General Reference Sources



Published by the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education & Human Development, University of Minnesota

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Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

Comprehensive resource site includes "database of adult literacy programs, resources, services and activities across Canada. It also links with other services and databases in North America and overseas".

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A professional organization "dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction".

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"The Early Literacy Initiative evolved from a long-standing focus on literacy and children's literature at the University of Minnesota. Reading is the foundation for much of learning and research shows early literacy and sustained attention to literacy instruction is critical to success in school".

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NIFL is an independent organization working to build and strengthen literacy in the U.S.

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"A national panel to assess the effectiveness of different approaches used to teach children to read".

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Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

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University of Minnesota

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Library Information

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