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Use dictionaries, encyclopedias and other reference sources to get a basic background on your topic, highlight major issues, and find important keywords and phrases relating to your topic that you can use for further searching.

Credo Reference searches over 500 reference sources.
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Biography in Context
This database gives you a person’s biography but also many articles about them published in academic journals, newspapers, and magazines.

Bailey, R., McCarthy, C., Carr, D., & Barrow, R. (2010). The SAGE handbook of philosophy of education. London, UK: Sage Publications.

Palmer, J.E. (Ed.). Fifty major thinkers on education: From Confucius to Dewey. New York, NY : Routledge, 2001. online and in print.

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To search for biographical information on an educator or philosopher, use the Catalog and search by subject. Be sure to search last name first when you are looking for a person. For example, “Freire, Paulo.”

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You’ll find articles mostly by searching the library’s subscription databases. You can think of these as specialized search engines that search only for articles from journals, newspapers and magazines. You must have a Dowling ID card to access these databases.

For this class, some good databases to start with are:

Biography in Context
This database gives you a person’s biography but also many articles about them published in academic journals, newspapers, and magazines.

ERIC
This database searches education-related journals.

Need to find more? Browse a list of all of the databases arranged by subject or ask a reference librarian for suggestions.

Citing Your Resources

Doing ethical research means citing sources. It is critical to credit writers for their work and their contributions to your research. To not do so is unethical and leads to plagiarism - unintentionally or not. Here are some sources to help you cite properly and to avoid the problem of plagiarism.

Web Sites

  • Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
    Maintained and written by academics, this site includes articles on specific philosophers, schools of thought and concepts. Also included is a timeline of philosophical thinkers throughout history.


  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
    Covering all aspects of philosophy, this online encyclopedia contains peer reviewed articles written and updated by experts in the field. Search by keyword or browse the table of contents.


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