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A guide to research and resources in the field of education

Search Primo (Messiah Library Catalog)  

  • Books, Ebooks, Streaming films, & Journal Articles

Search Available Journal Titles (Use citation to find journal in a database)

Interlibrary loan

The Library Catalog contains records for all print and ebooks.  Use the Location dropdown to narrow searches to Teaching Resources, Kits, Juvenile literature, or Ebooks.

Library Catalog

You can also search specific ebook collections individually:

This search quickly and easily searches ebooks found ONLY in EBSCO databases.

EBSCO Ebooks at Messiah
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  • eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost)
  • eBook Business Collection (EBSCOhost)
  • eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)
  • eBook Community College Collection (EBSCOhost)
  • eBook History Collection (EBSCOhost)
  • eBook Public Library Collection (EBSCOhost)
  • eBook Religion Collection (EBSCOhost)

Newton's Apple Science

A great website full of science videos. Discover the fascinating science of the world around us with over 300 video clips. Browse the categories, or enter a question or a keyword in the search box.

Center for Early Childhood Education Videos

"The Center for Early Childhood Education is committed to sharing useful resources with early childhood teachers, administrators, researchers, trainers, and policymakers. The Center is developing a large archive of video footage young children, early childhood professionals engaged in teaching, and interviews with experts that can be used for specific research or training uses."

Documentary Heaven

Documentary Heaven was set up early July 2009 to provide the public with a vast collection of documentaries spanning across every genre out there. They intend on continuously updating the site on a daily basis to bring you nothing but the very best.

Khan Academy

With a library of over 3,000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 315 practice exercises, try these to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.

M.I.T. World

MIT World is a free and open site that provides on demand video of significant public events at MIT. MIT World's video index contains more than 800 videos. Browse the videos.

PBS Video

Provides access to selected programs from selected PBS series (such as Nature, American Experience, Nova, and Frontline, among others.)

TED Talks

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Browse by topic, date, popularity and more to view videos. Anyone can browse TED Conversations, but to start or join a conversation, you'll need a free member account. Also check out the TED YouTube Channel.

APA References

Journal with DOI:

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), pages.

Baniya, S., & Weech, S. (2019). Data and experience design: Negotiating community-oriented digital research with service-learning. Purdue Journal of Service-Learning and International Engagement, 6(1), 1116.

Journal without DOI:

DOIs may not always be available. In these cases, use a URL. Many academic journals provide stable URLs that function similarly to DOIs. These are preferable to ordinary URLs copied and pasted from the browser's address bar.

Denny, H., Nordlof, J., & Salem, L. (2018). "Tell me exactly what it was that I was doing that was so bad": Understanding the needs and expectations of working-class students in writing centers. Writing Center Journal, 37(1), 6798.

Article/Chapter in edited book:

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In E. E. Editor & F. F. Editor (Eds.), Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle (pp. pages of chapter). Publisher. DOI (if available)

Armstrong, D. (2019). Malory and character. In M. G. Leitch & C. J. Rushton (Eds.), A new companion to Malory (pp. 144-163). D. S. Brewer.

Examples of In-text citations

Hilts (2002) reported that in 2001 a consumer group claimed that the medication was related to the deaths of 19 people.

In 2001, a consumer group claimed that the medication was related to the deaths of 19 people (Hilts, 2002).

The research noted that many health care providers “remain either in ignorance or outright denial about the health danger to the poor and the young” (Critser, 2003, p. 5).

Sibutramine suppresses appetite by blocking the reuptake of the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain (Yanovski & Yanovski, 2002, p. 594).

If you are directly quoting from a work, you will need to include the author, year of publication, and the page number for the reference (preceded by "p.").

If you are paraphrasing an idea from another work, you only have to make reference to the author and year of publication in your in-text reference, but APA guidelines encourage you to also provide the page number (although it is not required.)

Murray Library has several collections specifically dedicated to Education. Search the Library Catalog.

Near the Fiddlehead Forest study room, find the following collections arranged by Dewey Decimal Classification

  • Kits (hands-on manipulatives for math and literacy development; puppets and musical instruments, too)
  • Teaching Resources (lesson ideas, worksheets, professional development)
  • Elementary and secondary textbooks
  • Juvenile fiction and non-fiction (award winners, popular titles, and classics)
  • Graphic novels and zines (award winners, popular titles, and indie picks)

In the Main Stacks collection (Lower Level), find research and history on educational topics. Locate using Library of Congress Call Numbers

  • L Education (General)
  • LA History of education
  • LB Theory and practice of education
  • LC Special aspects of education
  • LD Individual institutions - United States
  • P Linguistics - Second language acqusition

Can't find it? Use Interlibrary loan

Let us know!

The Murray Library welcomes suggestions for new purchases of books, DVDs and journals.

Send us your suggestions using our online Purchase Request form and we will consider your request.

Use keywords instead of full sentences or questions

Because of how databases work, it is best to pick out key terms to search instead of a question or phrase. 

Use multiple search boxes

In databases, it often works better to use multiple search boxes, one box per key word or search term representing a different part of your topic or question. 

Use quotes around phrases

If you use a term that has multiple words in it, use quotation marks around the phrase to ensure that the database searches for it that way. “classroom management”

Use synonyms in multiple searches or use “OR”

You can expand your search by using synonyms in the same search box connected with the word “OR”. Example: elementary OR primary

Find alternative keywords or phrases for your concepts. Examine relevant abstracts or articles for alternative words, phrases and subject headings (if the database uses subject headings).

Search for all forms of a keyword

By using an asterisk symbol after the root of a word, you can have the database search for all potential endings to a word at the same time.

Example: vaccin* OR immuniz*
This will search for and find articles that have the word vaccine, vaccines, vaccination, vaccinating, vaccinated, OR the word immunize, immunizing, or immunization


Wildcards are useful for finding British and American spellings, for example: “behavio?r” in will find both behaviour and behavior.  There are sometimes different symbols to find a variable single character. For example, “wom#n” will find woman and also women.

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  • make recommendations of where else to look for information
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