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CIED 500 - Research in Education: Background Information

Using the library for research for literature reviews and an action research plan.

Introduction: Why Use Handbooks?

Handbooks contain short entries that summarize and define complex research and also highlights important scholars.  Use handbooks to get background information, define theories, and find foundational scholars. Scholarly articles published in academic journals present a very small sliver of a large and often complex research topic, so handbooks can be an excellent way to get the bigger picture.

Handbook and Encyclopedia Databases

Use the below databases to search through thousands of encyclopedias and handbooks at once.

Annual Reviews

Annual Reviews provide comprehensive reviews of significant developments within a field of study. Use the below links to learn more about research, theory, and the application of principles.

Examples of Encyclopedias & Handbooks in Education