English 4133 Teaching English in Secondary Schools
General Library Information
John Vaughan Library Physical Overview
Library of Congress Classification system.
The Research Strategies CLIP tutorial can provide an overview to getting started in researching a topic.
Web page on library research for English majors
When approaching a database, look for help screens for complete
information on how to search it effectively. Check for scope
notes that identify the contents of the database. Check for
advanced search screens and see different ways that the search can be
limited. For instance, what dates and types of materials are
included in the database? Can it be searched by full text and subject?
the search be limited by date, language or full text? Each database
uses controlled subject headings that can be accessed through the
online Thesaurus. For instance, in ERIC, writing centers are
called writing laboratories.
Effect of Grammar Teaching on Writing Development"
"Promoting Young Adult Literature"
"Teaching English: Portfolio Evaluation"
English Education (Per. LA 632.E52), English Journal (Per. PE 1.E5), Language Arts (Per. LB 1576.A1E6), Research in the Teaching of English (Per. PE 1065.R373
ERIC (Subject headings include writing instruction, writing strategies, English instruction, English curriculum)
Try writing evaluation and english instruction and secondary instruction
Education Full Text
Humanities Full Text
Literature Resource Center
The "P" section of the Curriculum Materials area, located in the
southwest corner (room L221) of the second floor, has Oklahoma state
adopted textbooks in the field of English. The teacher's manuals
frequently have suggestions for lesson plans. These materials may
be checked out.
A Handbook to Literature Ready
Ref. PN 41.H355
Shakespeare for Students Ref. PR 2987.S47 1992
Calendar of Literary Facts Ref. PN 6075.R64 1991
MLA Handbook Ready Ref. LB 2369.G53
The methods books are located on the third floor of the library.
They include sources on literary works as well as suggestions on how to
teach English in secondary education. Sample useful subject
american literature--study and teaching (secondary)
english literature--study and teaching
english language--composition and exercises--study and teaching
Try an advanced search on
National Council of Teachers of English
More Ways to Handle the Paper Load: On Paper and Online LB 1631.M597 2005
Of course, there are many resources available through the Web. The
librarian for the department has created the English
page which lists some useful Web sites. The Eserver is a very good English Web
site. The library provides a list of search engines.
the library's Google: When and How To Use It and Google Tips and Tricks tutorials.) Search the following Web pages for interesting
The Internet Public Library and
Librarians' Index to the Internet.
Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
Language Arts Education (Oklahoma Department of Education)
NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English)
Read Think Write
Web English Teacher (K-12)
If the John Vaughan Library doesn't own what you need, we will get it
for you through Interlibrary Loan. It can take up to two weeks to
receive materials. The Interlibrary Loan system is called ILLiad, and all
requests are conducted electronically.
With all resources, it is important to assess the quality of what you
find. Use the following checklist to assist with that
1. Identify the author(s) and determine his/her credentials. Does the author have a degree in the field; is the author a professor; does the author have other works published on similar topics?
2. What is the date of the publication? Currency is important in most fields. It is especially important for Web pages.
3. Does the publisher have a good reputation? Is the resource published by a professional association or university press? Is the journal refereed? For Web sites, check the URL to determine the sponsor. Gov sites are government sites; com are commercial; edu are educational.
4. How do the critics perceive the work? Are there reviews available?
5. Is the material complete? Does it have an index, bibliography. Is it well written with few grammatical or spelling errors?
6. Is the language slanted or biased?
7. Does it include references to well known facts or research studies?
8. For Web pages, do the links work?
To avoid plagiarism, it is important to cite materials correctly.
Indiana University has a good guide on plagiarism.
To cite the resources that you've found, check the Citation
tutorial. The M.L.A. Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
is located on the first floor of the library, Ready Ref. LB
2369.G53. Also, try the MLA
Web site. For help
in citing sources, try KnightCite
SophiaBeverley Threatt, MLS, MA
Instructor of Library Services
Languages and Literature and Communication, Art, & Theatre
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Last Updated: 08/02/2012