Answered By: Jeffrey Orrico Last Updated: Feb 01, 2017 Views: 40
(1) Start your research with reference materials on education.
The library's Credo Reference database has many college reference sources. Search using your keywords: African-American children literacy; narrow the results according to topic and type of reference.
You'll also find some helpful overviews of the topic in our print education encyclopedia reference works:
Encyclopedia of language and education: Vol 2: Literacy / general editor, Nancy H. Hornberger. [REF P40.8 .E53 2008 v.2]
Encyclopedia of education / James W. Guthrie, editor in chief. [REF LB15.E47 2003]
Encyclopedia of American education / Harlow G. Unger. [REF LB17 .U54 2001]
(2) "Mine the Data": Use these overview reference articles to develop search words, including:
- synonyms and related terms, such as "language" "illiteracy" "reading" "blacks" "ethnicity")
- subtopics such as "sociology" "cultural" "poverty" "assessment" "statistics" "remedial education" "teenagers" "boys"
(3) Search the library catalog for books specific to your topic with major keywords ("African-American literacy"). You'll find several print and electronic books in our collection.
(4) "Mine the Data": use the subject headings on the catalog records of the best books you find to link to other similar books, for example:
- African American children -- Language.
- African American children -- Education.
- Literacy -- United States.
- African Americans -- Education.
- Educational equalization -- United States.
(5) A key source of up-to-date statistics for the United States is the federal Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics - http://nces.ed.gov/
(6) After you've decided on the focus of your project, use the relevant keywords to search for journal articles in the library databases; several ones with strong coverage of education topics are listed under the Subject "Education" here: http://library.sacredheart.edu/az.php
(7) Make an appointment for a research consultation with a reference librarian.