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Education: Research Tools

Reference Books

Reference books include subject encyclopedias which are a good starting point for research. Use the following databases to find information in Education, Child Development, and other encyclopedias:

Example reference books in the SCC collection:


Use the library Search to find books on specific subjects. You'll find print books and some ebooks.

  • Books that check out are on the library 2nd floor. 
  • Reference books are on the 1st floor. They're a great starting place for research.
  • Partner Libraries search will find books at Gonzaga and other area college libraries.

Your SCC Library has books on these subjects and more:

  • Cognitive styles
  • LearningThe Way They Learn book coverLearning Styles and Memory book cover
  • Learning, Psychology of
  • Memory
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Affective Education
  • Social Learning

If books are located at another partner library, you can request that they be sent to SCC for you.

Want ebooks?

Try this library database which contains only ebooks.

  Library Databases (including Article databases)

The library has about 50 databases. Databases are simply organized collections of information. They may contain:

  • Periodical articles
    (from newspapers, magazines, & journals)
  • Reports
  • Movies
  • Images
  • eBooks & eAudioBooks

Here are a few databases we suggest to students who are beginning to research a new topic in the field of Education:

Key sources for researching international education

Try these resources when researching education systems in different countries.


  • Consult websites which come directly from a country's department of education.
  • As always, ask a librarian if your're not finding the information you need.