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Finding Books | Education Index/DatabasesDictionaries & EncyclopediasDirectoriesStatistical InformationChildren's LiteratureSchool LawSpecial EducationTests & Measurements

Finding Books

The main library catalog provides information on all the materials that the library owns; videos, and music recordings, in addition to books. 

I-Share is the shared catalog of the over 70 university and college libraries that belong to the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI).  You can use the I-Share catalog to see if books, videos or DVD’s are available for you to request to be sent here.  (You use a different procedure to get copies of articles.)  Items available in the I-Share catalog can be requested directly through a catalog link for delivery to Bradley at no charge.

Worldcat is the 3rd library catalog provided.   Worldcat is catalog that lists what materials are available through thousands of libraries located all throughout the world.   If a book, video  or DVD is not available through the Bradley library or I-Share, then Worldcat has a built in form for borrowing the item through the interlibrary loan office.

Education Index/Databases

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

  • Encyclopedia of Educational Research. REF LB 15 .E48 The fifth edition of a major reference work, containing 256 articles which summarize educational research in specific subject areas from 1983 -1991. Articles include extensive bibliographies. Earlier educational research is surveyed in five previous editions owned by the Library.
  • International Encyclopedia of Education--Research and Studies. REF LB 15 .I569 1985
  • International Encyclopedia of Teaching and Teacher Education. REF LB 17 .I56 1987
  • International Encyclopedia of Higher Education. REF LB 15 .I57 Presents information on national systems, academic fields of study, research centers, and issues and trends in higher education.
  • International Higher Education: An Encyclopedia. REF LB 15 .I59 1990
  • Concise Dictionary of Education. REF LB 15 .H38 1982
  • A Critical Dictionary of Educational Concepts. REF LB 15 .B29 1990
  • Dictionary of Educational Acronyms, Abbreviations, and Initialisms. REF LB 15 .P35
  • Dictionary of Reading and Related Terms. REF LB 1049.98 .D53


  • Directory of ERIC Information Service Providers. REF LB 1028.27 .U6 D57 1994
  • DIRPRO Directory of Illinois Schools. REF LB 2803 .I32 D57
  • National Storytelling Directory. REF LB 1042 .N3
  • Patterson's American Education. REF L 901 .P3
  • Requirements for Certification for Elementary Schools, Secondary Schools, and Junior Colleges. REF LB 1771 .W6

Statistical Information

  • The Condition of Education: A Statistical Report on the Condition of Education in the United States. REF L 112 .N377 This annual publication of the U.S. National Center for Educational Statistics describes conditions in education and in American society which effect education. Now available online, Condition of Education, U.S.
  • Digest of Education Statistics. REF LA 230 .A4 Provides current statistical information on schools, teachers, educational attainment, finances, and federal programs. Now available online, at Digest of Education Statistics
  • Projections of Educational Statistics. REF LA 210 .A28
  • The Statistical Abstract of the United States is the standard compendium of of statistics compiled primarily from government sources. Print-on-paper copies of the Statistical Abstract are also available in the Library, with the latest edition at the Reference Desk and earlier editions in the Reference Stacks and the Government Documents Stacks. REF. HA 202 (Reference Desk)
  • Statistical Yearbook. (UNESCO) REF AZ 361 .U45 International in scope, this source provides statistical data on a wide variety of subjects including education.

Children's Literature

  • Best Books for Children: Preschool through Grade 6. REF PN 1009. A1 B547 Nearly 13,000 books for children from preschool through the sixth grade are arranged in fifteen subject areas.
  • The Book Finder: A Guide to Children's Literature about the Needs and Problems of Youth Aged 2-15. CUR Z 7164 .C5 D74 Describes and categorizes current children's books by more than 450 psychological, behavioral, and developmental topics of concern to children and young adolescents.
  • Children's Authors and Illustrators: An Index to Biographical Dictionaries. REF Z 1037 .A1 N18 1987
  • Children's Books: Awards and Prizes. REF Z 1037 .A2 C52 1977 Major international, foreign, and United States awards are included.
  • Children's Literature Review: Excerpts from Reviews, Criticism, and Commentary on Books for Children and Young People. OVSIZE PN 1009 .A1 C5139
  • Fifteen Centuries of Children's Literature: An Annotated Chronology of British and American Works in Historical Context. REF Z 1037 .A1 B582 This work covers children's literature from the sixth century to 1945. Each chronological division has four sections: historical background, development of books, attitudes toward and treatment of children, and annotated chronology.
  • Granger's Index to Poetry. REF PN 1022 .G7 Several editions provide indexing to poems in anthologies by author, title, first line, and subject. Includes anthologies of poetry for children.
  • More Notes from a Different Drummer: A Guide to Juvenile Fiction Portraying the Disabled. REF Z 1037.9 .B36
  • Oxford Companion to Children's Literature. REF PN 1008.5 .C37 1984 This work covers children's literature in English up to 1983, but coverage of modern authors is incomplete.
  • Stories to Tell to Children: A Selected List. REF Z 1037 .P693 1974 Stories are grouped by several criteria: interest to specific age groups, type, holiday, country of origin, and folktales.
  • Twentieth Century Children's Writers. REF PN 1009 .A1 T9 1979 Lists over six hundred English language authors of fiction, poetry, and drama. Each entry consists of a brief biography, a complete list of published works, and a signed critical essay.
  • Most of the children's books in the Bradley Library can be found in the PZ section in the Curriculum Materials Center, located on the second floor.

School Law

  • Illinois School Code. REF KFI 1590 .A3 1988 The complete text of laws affecting education, reprinted from the Illinois Revised Statutes.
  • Illinois School Law. REF KFI 1590 .I44 1985 Provides historical background on the development of Illinois educational law, organized by subject. References are provided to the Illinois Revised Statutes for the complete texts of laws. Subjects included special education, teacher rights and duties, and desegregation.
  • American Public School Law. REF KF 4118 .A39 1985 An overview of the laws that govern state school systems in the United States.
  • Deskbook Encyclopedia of American School Law. REF KF 4119. A1 L432 This work reports federal and state court decisions in the field of education. Arranged by subject, it contains an index of cases.
  • Schools and the Law. REF KF 4119.6 .R4 1981 A brief summary of federal, state, and local responsibilities for education.
  • The Law of Schools, Students, and Teachers in a Nutshell. REF KF 4119.3 .A43 1984
  • Law in the Schools. REF KF 4119 .V28 A basic reference work for graduate studies with an index of subjects and table of cases cited.
  • Legal Notes for Education. REF KF 4119 .A1 L43 A monthly report on court decisions, legislation, administrative regulations, and law review articles in the field of education.
  • Workshop Materials: The Impact of Current Legal Action on Educating Handicapped Children. REF KF 4210 .M3 This source provides the legislative and judicial history of basic federal laws which govern special education.
  • Yearbook of School Law. LB 2523 .Y42 The year's events in school law are reviewed with reference to cases, legislation, and regulations. Current issues are shelved in reference, and older issues are shelved in the circulating collection.

Special Education

  • Encyclopedia of Special Education. REF LC 4007 .E53 Over 2,000 signed articles cover the subject of special education. Topics include: key terminology, clinical disorders, educational and psychological tests, and laws and court decisions.
  • Handbook of Learning Disabilities. REF LC 4704 .W47 The goal of this publication is to provide both teachers and students with the essentials for understanding and treating learning disabilities. Volume I covers dimensions and diagnosis and Volume II covers methods and interventions.
  • Handbook of Special Education. LC 3957 .P73 This basic reference source covers the history, research, theory, methods, curricula, and delivery of special education services in the United States.
  • Handbook of Special Education: Research and Practice. LC 3965 .H263 The first two volumes of a proposed three-volume set that examines the research base in special education. Volume I covers learner characteristics and adaptive education. Volume II covers mildly handicapped conditions.
  • Problem Behavior Management. REF LC 4801 .A43 1982 This resource provides teachers with information to assist them in identifying and treating problem behavior in children and adolescents.

Tests and Measurements

  • ETS Test Collection Catalog. REF LB 3051 .E79 The beginning of a new series that will eventually cover over 14,000 items in the Educational Testing Service library. The series will include both commercially and privately published tests. Volume I covers over 2,000 achievement tests.
  • Mental Measurements Yearbook. REF BF431 .B8 Reviews standardized tests used in education, psychology, and industry. Each edition supplements the previous edition and includes bibliographies of articles on the tests.
  • Tests: A Comprehensive Reference for Assessments in Psychology, Education, and Business. REF BF 176 .T43 Descriptions of tests include costs and names of publishers.
  • Test Critiques. REF BF 176 .T4195 This multi-volume set provides lengthy entries on individual tests, including an introduction describing the test in detail, a section on practical applications or uses, a section on technical aspects, and concludes with critique section.
  • Tests in Print. REF BF431 .B82 T47 A comprehensive bibliography of tests and a classified index to the contents of all the Mental Measurements Yearbooks.

Kari Garman
Access Services/Education Librarian

Library 127
(309) 677-2848