ECED4113 - Creative Expression for Early Childhood

General Information for Students

Resources 1- Catalogs for finding books and teaching materials
Resources 2- Internet Sites
Evaluating Websites
Following APA style rules

Resources Part 1

Reference Materials

John Vaughan Library (Tahlequah)

A Critical Dictionary of Educational Concepts Call # Ref. LB 15.B29

Encyclopedia of Learning & Memory Call # Ref. BF 318.E53

The Language of Learning:  A Guide to Education Terms Call # Ref. LB 15.M32

Broken Arrow Library

The Educator's Desk Reference : A Sourcebook of Educational Iinformation and Research (EDR) Call # BA Ref LB1028.26 .F74 1989

Encyclopedia of Education, Second Ed. Vol 1 – 8. Call # BA Ref. LB15 .E47 2003

The Giant Encyclopedia of Art & Craft Activities for children 3 to 6: More than 500 art & craft activities written by teachers for teachers.Call # BA Ref. LB1139.35 .A37 G52 2000

Educational Software - all located at BA Library Permanent Reserve, Second Floor Desk

Bailey's book house Call # LB1525.5 .B35 2006 (Includes a guide) Click here to see info about the item (catalog record)

The graph club 2.0 Call # QA90 .G653 2004 (Includes a guide) Click here to see info about the item (catalog record)

Hot dog stand [electronic resource] : the works Call # QA107 .H678 1996 Click here to see info about the item

Timeliner 5.0 Call #  D11 .T532 2003 (Includes a guide) Click here to see info about the item (catalog record)

Word stuff Call # LB1050.43 .W67 1994 Click here to see info about the item (catalog record)

Books (Catalogs for finding)

Search the NSU Libraries' Online Catalog: (Use the Location pull-down menu to limit your results to Curriculum Materials , Y Collection , or Government Publications.)

Here are some of the subject headings used in the catalog: early childhood education; education, preschool; education, primary; kindergarten; early childhood activity programs

Also, you can limit your search to curriculum materials in the catalog. Follow these steps:

1. Find and click on Advanced Keyword
2. On the Advanced Keyword search screen, use the pull-down menu to change the LOCATION from ANY to John Vaughan, Curriculum Materials

Curriculum Materials are housed in the Curriculum Materials Room on the second floor. There are a limited number of CURR MATs on the Broken Arrow campus - mostly these are the six year old sets that have been cycled out of JVL.

Textbook Review Centers (Other locations that house the collection)

Search for E-Books using EBSCO ebooks collection:

If you need an item that NSU doesn't own, you can order it through our ILLiad system.

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Journal and Magazine Article Databases

Academic Search Premier - This is a general database, which means it contains article citations and full text articles covering many academic subjects. It is one of the twenty-five databases produced by EbscoHost for which NSU has a subscription. It is probably our most widely used database and is sometimes referred to simply as "Ebsco."

ERIC - This is another database produced by EbscoHost. ERIC stands for the Educational Resource Information Center. It contains more than 2,200 digests along with references for additional information and citations and abstracts from over 1,000 educational and education-related journals. ERIC contains a thesaurus, which can be very helpful in figuring out which search terms to use when looking for information.

Professional Development Collection - Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of more than 550 high quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. This databasealso contains more than 200 educational reports.

Go to all EbscoHost databases

Education Full Text - Part of Wilson's Omnifile Full Text, Mega Edition, EFT provides comprehensive coverage of an international range of English-language periodicals, monographs and yearbooks. Coverage includes 79 journals (37 with full text) not covered by ERIC's Current Index to Journals in Education. Index coverage goes back to 1983. Full text articles from 1996 to the present. Contains a thesaurus. AS OF FEBRUARY 1, 2012, WILSON WEB WILL AUTOMATICALLY RE-DIRECT YOU TO EBSCO HOST.

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Resources Part 2

Internet Sites

Government Resources for Teachers

NSU's Government Information Page has links to Education sites including a list of Teacher Kits you can check out from the library.

Google is always a favorite, but add "" and keywords like "toolkit" or "lesson plan" or "Student Activity"

All federal government websites are required to have a section for education, so do some digging! See the List of federal agencies and departments A-Z or a guide to agency lists by subject like the two from the NSU Government Information Page.

FREE - Federal Resources for Educational Excellence:

United States Department of Education:

Head Start Bureau :

Internet Sites relating to topics in early childhood education

Sites for Teachers:

Can Teach:

The Internet Public Library:

National Center for Early Development and Learning :

Reading to Kids:

ReadyWeb: A Resource for Parents and Educators:

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Evaluating Websites

It's important to remember that publishing on the web is very easy - almost anyone can do it! The problem with that is knowing what's credible (worth your time) and what's not.

Here are some of the thing you want to look at or for:

the URL (.gov, .mil, .us, .edu are usually pretty credible);
links to information about the author or sponsoring organization;
links to other sites that are credible;
how current it is

Ultimately the researcher must be the one to determine whether or not to use information found on a web site. The following information from Cornell University provides some excellent guidelines for evaluating sites:

Class activity: Using the aforementioned resources, determine whether the following website about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is valid or not

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Following APA style rules

The American Psychological Association originally created a publication manual to provide a common structure for all journal manuscripts in the area of the social sciences.

Many other disciplines (including psychology, the behavioral sciences, nursing, personnel administration and many areas within education) have adopted this as their professional writing standard as well.

In an academic environment, you will often be expected to conform to this standard when writing. At this point, you should be mostly concerned with creating an accurate reference list using proper format and providing citations within the text to give credit for an idea or concept to the source from which you got it.


Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). (2010). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

The library owns several copies of the style guide; however, only the 5th edition circulates (can be checked out). The NSU libraries have seven copies of the 6th edition in reference and two on reserve. ( BF76.7 .P83 2001)


Using APA format (Purdue University) - this comprehensive guide summarizes the print version of the book. Click on Your Reference List to find examples of the proper format to use when listing sources you used.

APA's Frequently Asked Questions

Sarah Burkhead

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Last Updated: January 18, 2012