Answered By: Jeffrey Orrico
Last Updated: Feb 01, 2017     Views: 47

(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:

(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 -

(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:

(7) Make an appointment for a research consultation with a reference librarian.



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