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EDCI 435/638 Teaching ESOL Reading and Writing in the Secondary Content Areas : Databases & Articles

Why use Databases?

Databases are subscription resources that bring articles from a variety of magazines and/or journals into one place with a sophisticated search engine.  Many of the databases allow you to read the entire article online.

What if there is no full text?

Where can I find articles on my topic?

The UM Libraries subscribe to over 300 databases!!!  The ones listed here are most useful education databases where you'll be able to find information on your topics.  All databases that UMCP subscribes to can be accessed through Research Port

Example Topics: English Language Learners in secondary content classrooms

Improving reading with ELLs in the content area:
  • "reading improvement" and (ELLs or "English language learners")
  • "read* improvement" and (ELLs or English language learner)
  • "read* improvement" and (ELLs or ESL)
  • ELLs and read* and (spanish or french)
Writing tasks for language learners
  • ELLs or ESL and "writing task*" and language learn*
  • ELL writing tasks and learning language
group activities
Secondary learners
Middle school learners

Supplemental Databases

  • PsycINFO 
    "PsycINFO is the most comprehensive index in psychology and related fields, with more than 1.7 million citations and abstracts of journal articles, book chapters and books, technical reports, and dissertations. Its holdings include material from 1,700 periodicals in over 30 languages. Covering the entire range of psychology disciplines, PsycINFO includes information about the psychological aspects of related fields such as education."
  • Social Sciences Citation Index. 1976- .
    Provides author and keyword access to about 4,700 journals and several monographic series. Use this database to find out if a particular author/article has been cited in later publications. 
  • China Academic Journals (CAJ) Full-text Database

    CAJ is the most comprehensive, full-text database of Chinese journals in the world. CAJ Series F, G, H, and J contain more than 3,200 journals. In subject areas of literature, history, language; politics military, and law; education.

  • Dissertations & Theses: Full Text . 1861- .
    Covers a complete range of dissertations and theses in all disciplines, from participating institutions. Full text of UM dissertations and theses are available from 1997-. In addition, 24 page previews of dissertations and theses from other institutions are available from 1997-. Print copies of UM dissertations and theses are available in McKeldin Library and various campus branch libraries.
  • Education in Video.
    This database provides online streaming video developed specifically for training and developing teachers. More than 1,000 video titles totaling 750+ hours of teaching demonstrations, lectures, documentaries, and primary-source footage of students and teachers in actual classrooms give education students a way to observe the intricacies of behavior, tone, facial expression, and body language that define effective teaching.