Internet Reference Library


Directories, & Databases

Academic Info is an online subject directory of over 25,000 hand-picked educational resources for high school and college students as well as a directory of online degree programs (University of Phoenix, ITT Technical Institute, Kaplan, DeVry) and admissions test preparation resources (SAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, USMLE, TOEFL). We also offer timely news and analysis of critical events including the Iraq War, Afghanistan Reconstruction, Hurricane Katrina recovery, and the War on Terrorism.(AI)
"The federal government's one-stop Web site for information of interest to people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers and many others."

Education Place
This site has K-8 resources for teachers, parents, and children in the areas of language arts, mathematics, and social studies. It includes games; project materials; searchable, annotated resource links; and more. Browsable by a number of criteria including topic and grade level. From the Houghton Mifflin publishing firm. (LII)

Educator's Reference Desk
This site gives access to "2,000+ lesson plans, 3,000+ links to online education information, and 200+ question archive responses. ... [It also] provides a search interface to the ERIC [Educational Resources Information Center] Database, providing access to over one million bibliographic records on educational research, theory, and practice." The database is updated monthly and includes citations from 1966 to the present. Searchable. From the Information Institute of Syracuse (LII)

ERIC "is a digital library of education-related resources, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education. ... The collection consists primarily of electronic bibliographic records describing journal and non-journal literature selected by ERIC from 1966 - 2003." Also provides "more than 107,000 full-text non-journal documents (issued 1993-2004)." Searchable. (LII)

Illuminations: Math Lessons
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics website has over 500 lesson plans which can be accessed by by grade level, subtopic, or searching a specific topic.

The Lesson Plans Page
The Lesson Plans Page is a collection of over 2,500 lesson plans from Preschool through High School and beyond, that were developed by Kyle Yamnitz, students and faculty at The University of Missouri, and more recently by the users of this website. Launched in October of 1996, The Lesson Plans Page was developed to assist educators of all types.  Elementary school teachers get lesson plans that are ready to use in their classrooms. College students get great example lesson plans or ideas to base their own lesson plans on.  Home schoolers can get lesson plans to use at home and parents can get ideas for educational activities to use with their children. 

Schreyer Institute: Tools and Tips for Teaching and Learninge
This website gives "educators access to a wide range of excellent teaching and learning tools. (ISAP)

Schrock's Guide for Educators
Updated regularly, this site has a great annotated Subject Access directory of Internet sites. There are also sections on Search Engines , including other search tools as well as general Internet information; and Additional Information , which has Kathy's training slide shows, material on evaluating Web pages, a monthly new sites list, and much more. It's designed for teachers to enhance curriculum and professional development. (LII)

Teachers (Library of Congress)  
Teachers, created by the Library of Congress (LC), is intended to serve as a "dashboard" for educators by linking to many of the institution's educational resources, including teachers' guides and lesson plans as well as several high-quality digitized holdings
. (ISP)



Berks County Intermediate Unit
Berks County Intermediate Unit offers a wide range of diverse services, including alternative and special education, early intervention, child care, services to at-risk students and students with disabilities, as well as curriculum, instruction, and professional staff development. BCIU also provides business and information management services, instructional media services, public relations services, pupil transportation, and many other varied services. (BCIU)

Perspectives on Urban Education
The University of Pennsylvania has one of the most respected schools of education in the United States, and, with this first edition of the online journal Perspectives on Urban education, they continue with one of their prime interest areas, namely that of urban educational outreach and scholarship. As their mission statement suggests, "The purpose of an electronic journal format is to provide a vehicle for fostering conversations about the complexities of urban education among practitioners, researchers, policymakers and graduate students, groups who often work in isolation from each other." (ISP)

An annotated directory of articles, case studies, examples of paper mills, plagiarism detection tools, essays on ethics and copyright, and related links. Includes resources directed specifically at instructors and students. By librarian Sharon Stoerger. (LII)

Public Agenda Education Issue Guide
For over a quarter of a century, Public Agenda has been providing unbiased and unparalleled research that bridges the gap between American leaders and what the public really thinks about issues ranging from education to foreign policy to immigration to religion and civility in American life. Public Agenda is an objective explorer of public opinion and a scrupulously fair minded producer of citizen education materials. Public Agenda's unique research explains and clarifies public attitudes about complex policy issues. Public Agenda's work shows that when presented with accurate information and meaningful choices, Americans can and do make thoughtful decisions. (PAEIG)

Teacher Certification Requirements
This site provides links to teaching certification requirements for each state. It also includes links to online position announcements and other related sites. From the University of Kentucky College of Education. (LII)

UNESCO - Studying Abroad
This UNESCO site is designed to serve as a resource for students considering studying abroad at institutions of higher education, university community members, Secretariats of Regional Committees, and other interested parties. At present, much of the site is under construction, but it does offer an electronic version of Study Abroad, UNESCO's massive guide to higher-education study opportunities and scholarships. The guide totals 629 pages and includes 2,659 entries on courses and scholarships in different higher-education academic and professional disciplines in 129 countries. Anyone interested in studying abroad will want to take a look at this guide and monitor the site for future developments. (ISP)


Government Agencies

Office of Vocational and Adult Education
This Department of Education.... site has “information, research, and resources to help prepare young people and adults for postsecondary education, successful careers, and productive lives”. The site contains areas dedicated to adult education and literacy, career and technical education, and their center for rural education. The “Resources” area is a good place to take a look at in detail, as it contains documents that address the rising expectations in vocational education and related topics. Finally, visitors can also learn about their ongoing initiatives, which include researching adolescent literacy and creating community technology centers. (ISP)

U.S. Department of Education A-Z Index
This index to the U.S. Department of Education's Web site includes links to the best starting points on a variety of educational topics, from accreditation to writing.

What Works Clearinghouse
"A central and trusted source of scientific evidence for what works in education." This website includes practice guides for educators, and assessments of research evidence on the effectiveness of interventions.


Education Statistics

This web site offers easy access to statistics and reports on children and families, including: population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment, and education. (CS)

The Condition of Education, 2006
The Condition of Education 2006 summarizes important developments and trends in education and a special analysis on international assessments. (CE)

Digest of Education Statistics, 2005
The Digest’s primary purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from prekindergarten through graduate school. (DES)

Education Finance Statistics Center
This site contains surveys, reports, and other government information on U.S. elementary and secondary public and private education finance, as well as graphs and charts depicting national and state comparison data. There is also a Peer Search database which enables users to compare the finances of a school district with districts sharing similar characteristics, plus a section on school finance litigation. Part of the National Center for Education Statistics Web site. (LII)

International Comparisons in Education
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), through the International Activities Program and the Annual Reports Program, collects, analyzes, and disseminates "statistics and other data related to education in the United States and other nations." The site includes education indicators and trends in mathematics and science, reading, civic education, and adult literacy. Data also available relating to primary, secondary, and higher education. (LII)

National Center for Educational Statistics
This government organization collects, collates, analyzes, and reports complete statistics on the condition of American education.

The National Information Center for Higher Education Policymaking and Analysis
Information and comparative data for states regarding postsecondary education. Includes maps, graphs, and data about preparation, participation, affordability, student learning, completion, benefits, employment, and finance. Also includes special analyses, race/ethnicity data for selected states, answers to policy questions, and interactive data and map generation features. From the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems. (LII)

Pennsylvania Department of Education Higher Education Enrollment Projections
School enrollment projections at the school district level.

Pennsylvania Department of Education Higher Education and Adult Education Statistics
Higher education and adult education statistics compiled by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Pennsylvania Department of Education PreK-12 School Statistics
PreK-12 education statistics compiled by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Science and Engineering Statistics
This report from the National Science Foundation details the progress (measured in terms of college degrees earned) of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States, between 1994 and 2003. The report, which is divided into five sections (Data Highlights, Technical Notes, Statistical Charts, Detailed Statistical Tables, and Classification of Programs), includes color charts, graphics, and full tables (Microsoft Excel format), as well as detailed text. The report is available in hypertext and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) formats. (ISP)

The Social Science Data Analysis Network
"CensusScope is an easy-to-use tool for investigating U.S. demographic trends. ... With eye-catching graphics and exportable trend data, CensusScope is designed for generalists and specialists." Includes charts, maps, and ranking for national, state, metro, and county data from the 2000, 1990, and 1980 censuses (and sometimes earlier). Browsable from many data entry points. From the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN) at the University of Michigan. (LII)

UNESCO Institute for Statistics
self-describes as "the first stop for education data from around the world>'

U.S. Census Bureau - Statistical Abstract - Education
Dozens of charts with data on enrollment at all education levels, education attainment, dropouts, earnings, etc.

U.S. Census Bureau - Federal, State, and Local Governments Public Elementary-Secondary Education Finance Data
Financial data on elementary and secondary public school systems.

Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering
National Science Foundation data on the participation of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering education and employment.


Education Testing

Praxis Prep Information
Praxis study guides, testing tips, practice tests and more.


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