Hi, I am the subject librarian for the School of Education. I am available for research consultations and class visits to help you learn more about the Libraries ' resources and specialized research in education. The best way to contact me is via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are local, we can set up a time to meet, and if you are a distance education student, we can arrange a time to talk on the phone or Zoom if you would like.
Below is a curated list of resources - it is not exhaustive but it is a very good place to start and I can help you if you are not finding what you need. Distance education students can find additional information just for them about interlibrary loan and troubleshooting access issues here: /search-find/research/research-assistance/services-distance-students
I look forward to hearing from you,
Al BernardoSocial Sciences Librarian Main Library 118A (701) 231-6534
- Finding Statistics/Data
ICPSR: Comprehensive data resource for the social sciences
Kids Count : Data, policy recommendations, and tools
America's Children Reports from childstats.gov
Data from Developing Countries : From the Bureau for Research in Economic Analysis of Development
DataLab : Postsecondary and pre-elementary education data from the National Center for Education Statistics
Digest of Education Statistics
Diversity Data Kids : From Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Education Policy and Data Center : International in scope
National Assessment of Educational Progress
National Student Clearing House : Information about student educational outcomes nationwide
- Finding Tests and Measurements
Terms to know:Reliability: The extent to which a measurement is free from error. The result for a person who has not changed also doesn’t change when retested at different intervals, by different people, or in different situations. Validity: the degree to which an instrument is measuring the thing it claims to measure. For example, does a test for student engagement actually measure that, or is it measuring something else, like extroversion or intelligence?
Many studies attach full-text of their testing instruments as an appendix to their final document. These can often be found through database searches. Do note that many measurement tools are protected by copyright. If planning to use a tool for research or practice, you may need to get copyright permission or pay for a license. Talk to me if you need help or further information.
To find tests and measurements in databases try searching for your topic AND your instrument.
Example: test anxiety AND ("oral interview" OR questionnaire)
- Library Research How To
Here are links to some helpful information about navigating and searching the NDSU Libraries' resources
Searching for dissertations and theses
Citation management information
Finding measurement tools (like surveys, inventories etc.)
Provides indexing, abstracts, and full-text for education-related content. Coverage of all levels of education and specialties. EBSCO
Educator's Reference Complete
Education-related content. Coverage of all levels of education and specialties. Gale
International Encyclopedia of Education
3rd Edition. Reference book for educational researchers and practitioners. Science Direct
Education Index Retrospective
From HW Wilson, indexes education-related content from 1929-1983. EBSCO
Index of peer-reviewed literature in behavioral sciences and mental health. EBSCO
Dissertations and Theses @NDSU
Access to the dissertations and theses produced by students at North Dakota State University. ProQuest
Dissertations and Theses Global
Dissertations and theses from around the world. 1861 to present. ProQuest
Education Resource Information Center (ERIC). Education-related literature, resources, and media. Sponsored by Institute of Education Sciences (IES). EBSCO - other interfaces available
ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research)
A data archive of more than 250,000 files of research in the social and behavioral sciences, with specialized data collections covering education, aging, criminal justice, public health, terrorism, and other fields. ICPSR also participates in data stewardship and research projects.