Library Resources for Education
General Online Resources
- RamPort (24/7 Access to Library information.) - Choose the Library tab
- Library-Related Distance Education Resources
- Basic Library Tutorials (How to use the Library.) While initially developed for lower-division English classes, pertains to all!
Basic Research Tools and Their Use
RamCat (Via RamPort)
- Generally, ONLY includes what the Library owns - an entire book, an entire journal.
- Generally, does NOT tell you the contents (not book chapters, NEVER ARTICLES!)
Online Resources (Via RamPort)
- Generally, these databases tell you the content of journals — articles — and/ perhaps chapters of books.
- These databases do not tell you if the Library owns or might have access to a journal that is fulltext in a different database.
- Accessible by either database name or by discipline using the drop down menu
- If the discipline option is chosen, the databases on the gold background tend to be a good starting place for researching a topic in the broad discipline that is chosen.
- Fulltext Periodicals (Via RamPort) Tells you if any of ASU's databases have access to a journal's fulltext articles.
Searching Research Tools using Boolean or Keyword searching
- In RamCat, only available from advanced search in Guided Keyword Search mode
- To narrow your search, use the AND option to separate your words: principals AND discipline will return items which include both of these words — fewer records.
- To broaden your search, use OR to separate your words: principals OR superintendents OR administrators will return items that have any of these words — more records
- To exclude words, use the NOT option: principals NOT superintendents will exclude items that include the word superintendents.
- Look for the same descriptors, also known as subject headings, displayed on the applicable records you have found. Descriptors are words that the database you're CURRENTLY searching uses to identify "like" articles, so hopefully you will be able to identify more articles in it by searching using these terms.
- Once you find an article / book / book chapter and it isn't fulltext online in THAT database, you can check the Fulltext Periodicals resource in RamPort to see if it might be fulltext in ANOTHER database. Be sure to search for the title of the entire journal — not the title of the article. You can also search RamCat for the title of the journal to see if the Library owns the physical publication.
Useful education databases in the Online Resources via RamPort
ERIC (via EBSCOhost)
- ERIC is a selective database that only covers chosen articles, book chapters, books, and government documents — NOT everything. In other words, ERIC may include information regarding only one article in a particular journal issue, and no others! You will need to follow-up in searching other databases and in looking at the references or footnotes included in the articles that you find relevant to find additional material.
- There are various "flavors" of ERIC put out by various companies and for free on the Internet. HOWEVER, we encourage you to use the EBSCOhost version in RamPort as it links to more fulltext articles than other databases, saving you time by not having to go to other databases or RamCat as often! The other important Education databases that the Library subscribes to are Ebsco databases and are searched similarly.
- Many items will be available fulltext, many will not. Be sure to check RamCat and the Fulltext Periodicals resource to see if the Library may own or have online access to what you need. In the case of older materials that are NOT articles, the Library may own them in our ERIC microfiche collection, where they will be locatable by accession number.
- Professional Development Collection — An EBSCOhost database, provides cover-to-cover access to fulltext articles and some other resources for various time periods.
- Education Research Complete - An EBSCOhost database, provides cover-to-cover indexing to articles and fulltext information. Use this database instead of the database Education Abstracts, which the Library has discontinued.
- WorldCat — a "mega" online catalog of what many libraries around the world own. If ASU doesn't have it, you may be able to search and find an item in this database. You can then utilize interlibrary loan to obtain items that ASU does not own or have access to.
- Dissertations & Theses - Find dissertations and thesis that other graduate students have produced. These are limited in availability, so are more difficult to borrow through interlibrary loan, for free or fee. Another option available is to attempt to buy the item, which the library can often accomplish for aprox. $35. Alternatively, some of these items may be available for free online - Google for them!
- Ulrichsweb - When used through RamPort, free to students. Useful for determining whether or not an article comes from a peer-reviewed journal - look and see if the image appears next to the journal as in the legend. For more information on this topic, please see http://www.angelo.edu/services/library/handouts/peerrev.html.
- And Many More - Business databases for management issues, law databases for legal issues, etc.
- Please Note! Databases are a contemporary invention, many of these databases go back a limited period of time - perhaps ten, to thirty years. When doing research, you should be looking at the references and footnotes that will cite other sources pertinent to you, including older information. Additionally, the Library does have in storage and available by request for in-library use, Education Abstracts, a set of materials covering citations for the time period of 1929-1996. This set will contain citations by year for articles that appear cover to cover in various education magazines/journals.
Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery
- Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery (ILL) can be utilized when you cannot access an item and:
- The item is not owned by the Library AND is not available online AND the student is physically located within a Texas county immediately adjacent to Tom Green County, or
- The item is not available online AND the student is located beyond the counties immediately surrounding Tom Green County.
- For additional information regarding ILL, please see the Interlibrary Loan FAQ at http://www.angelo.edu/services/library/ill/illfaq.html and the Library Distance Learning guide at http://www.angelo.edu/services/library/handouts/distedres.html.
- The library can generally obtain items for free (our statistics say 88% of the time), but some items will only be available for a fee charged by the lending institution or required for copyright.
- The easiest way to interlibrary loan items is to find them in a database the Library subscribes to (such as ERIC via EBSCOhost or WorldCat) and use the built-in interlibrary loan feature indicated on the following figures. Alternatively, you can utilize the Library's Article and Book request forms located at http://www.angelo.edu/services/library/ill/
- If you are a distance learning student, always indicate this somewhere on the ILL form! If you have any questions regarding ILL, please contact (325) 942-2154 or email at email@example.com
- Students are encouraged to use their local library for ILLing books, as this cuts down on shipping time.
Additional Library Collections Pertinent to Education
- Curriculum Collection – The Library houses the Curriculum Collection, which is composed of state-adopted textbooks. These are fully cataloged and information about the books in the Collection can be retrieved by searching RamCat. The materials in the Collection cannot be checked out.
- Juvenile Collection – This collection contains books generally intended for use by individuals under 18 years of age. It is composed of both fiction as well as nonfiction materials. The Library particularly tries to collect Newbery, Caldecott, and Texas Bluebonnet award-winning books. Juvenile books generally circulate for a 7-day loan period.
TexShare Card Program
The Texshare Library Card Program provides free reciprocal borrowing privileges to students, faculty, and staff of Texas colleges and universities at participating libraries. This statewide program is administered by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Academic, public and private libraries throughout the state are participants in the TexShare Library Card Program. The TexShare Card entitles you only to privileges authorized by the lending library and is not transferable. To be eligible for the TexShare Card, you must be a current ASU faculty or staff or a currently enrolled ASU student. Be mindful of the lending regulations of the TexShare participating libraries.
- Identification must be provided if requested by the participating library.
- Lending regulations of the lending library must be observed.
- Materials must be returned in person or by first class and insured mail as prescribed by the lending library.
- Charges assessed for late return, damage, or loss of materials must be paid to the lending library.
- The TexShare Card must be surrendered if requested by participating library staff.
Policies of participating TexShare libraries can be found at TexShare Library Program Participation. TexShare cards may be obtained by ASU patrons in good standing at the Library Circulation Desk. Distance Education students should check http://angelo.edu/services/library/handouts/distedres.html for additional information.
REFERENCE SERVICESThe Library provides Reference Service by telephone and e-mail. Email will be answered as soon as possible, generally within 24 hours of submission - excluding weekend/holiday time periods. The address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see the following link for information and the hours the Reference Desk is open, although during the Summer the Reference Desk does close at 7:00 PM, Monday through Thursday - http://www.angelo.edu/services/library/ref/.
Figure 1 — These resources are available under the Library tab in RamPort
Figure 2 — a results list in ERIC (Via Ebsco)
Figure 3. A search for Principals and Public Relations retrieved this article in Eric. Note how the information is arranged in the record.
This article is not available in full-text in ERIC. To find it, go back to the RamPort tab and search the Full-text Periodicals are for the journal title — Journal of School Public Relations. This will let you know if the journal has your article available in full-text in another database that we might have at ASU.
Figure 4. This is a list of the results that you will find in WorldCat when you search for principals and Public relations.
Figure 5. This record offers important information on the book: The Assistant Principle: Essentials for Effective School Leadership.