Journals & Research Databases

Print Journals in the Library

Keep current with the professional materials in your field.  The Library subscribes to many journals in the fields of education, language and child development (see the list).  The Center Library keeps 5 years of print issues of many journals.  These are not available for checkout, but a photocopier is available for use at 10 cents a copy.   Some of the print journals are also available in the OCLC and/or EBSCO databases.

Online Journal Databases, Digital Resources

Access the journal databases on-site and remotely.

If you are at The Center, you can access
OCLC FirstSearch here and
EBSCO Professional Development Collection here.
Remote access is not available at this time.

About the EBSCO Professional Development Collection

The Professional Development Collection™ includes full text for nearly 520 high quality education journals including: Booklist, Education, Education Digest, Education Week, Educational Leadership, High School Journal, Journal of Education, Journal of Educational Research, Phi Delta Kappan, Reading Teacher, School Library Journal, and many others. This database also contains more than 200 educational reports.

About the OCLC FirstSearch Databases

There is not much full-text in the FirstSearch databases, but they are a great starting point for a literature review.  The FirstSearch databases that educators find most useful when beginning a research project are:

  • ERIC has some full-text, but the most citations and abstracts for the education field; the best starting place for what's published in the world of education.
  • WorldCat is the holdings of thousands of libraries. The place to find info about books and print materials, videos, DVDs, and more.


RAILS’ Partnership Brings Thousands of E-Resources to Illinois Residents

Through RAILS’ partnership with BiblioLabs, Illinois residents have access to thousands of e-resources free of charge and without needing a login or library card.  Also, unlike other ebooks available from libraries, there is no limit on simultaneous use; that means no need to place a hold or wait for a title to be available.

Collections are available via the BiblioBoard platform or by using the BiblioBoard app for iOS (from iTunes store) or Android (from Google Play Store).
While no account or login is required, creating an account profile allows you to do more, such as download content for offline reading and add bookmarks and notes. 
There are a number of ways that resources are organized on the site.  Explore it for yourself or try one of the quick links to curated collections.