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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.

Ebooks and Audiobooks

The Center Library is a partner in eRead Illinois, a project of the Secretary of State through the Illinois State Library.  You may checkout ebooks and audiobooks at center.axis360.baker-taylor.com/ using your Center Library barcode number and pin.  The site also contains links to free desktop readers and mobile apps to view or listen to the items that you have checked out. 

As more titles of interest to educators become available, we will announce them on this site.


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.
If you are anywhere else, go here for remote access.

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.


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