American College of Education is committed to providing the best graduate-level library resources and services to our students. With the current revolution in information and telecommunications technologies, our students can access most scholarly and research information in digital formats. Older items that cannot be located digitally are available through inter-library loan.

Items that cannot be located in the collection are available through inter-library loan. Our online students learn how to access and use the vast resources available to them—anytime and anywhere. For ACE Students, "going to the library" means using an online environment to:

  • Search free and fee-based online databases effectively for scholarly information

  • Get assistance from professional librarians via live chat, e-mail, SMS text messaging, email, or phone

  • Link full-text publications to a laptop, mobile phone, tablet, or hand-held book reader, as author and publisher rights allow

  • Use inter-library loan services and/or local libraries for publications not available in digital formats

  • Evaluate the contents of digital and print publications for authenticity, accuracy, objectivity, currency, and completeness

  • Integrate information into their research and writing

  • Develop information literacy skills for lifelong learning

  • Translate information literacy skills into the P-12 classroom

Our library directly supports online teaching and learning with both innovative and traditional library services, resources, and online technologies.

OpenAthens

OpenAthens is an authentication system which allows users to access our MyAthens Library portal, which includes the Discovery search, an A to Z Publications Locator, and a listing of all our library databases. In addition, users can authenticate to publisher websites with their OpenAthens credentials and directly obtain the full text of our subscribed resources

EBSCO Discovery Service

The EBSCO Discovery Service provides users with a means of accessing all of our library's information resources through a single search.

Tutorials are available in the Orientation Module of your LMS. You can also use the following tips below to help you manipulate this powerful tool most effectively.

Search tips and strategies

How to conduct effective searches in databases and indexes

    1. Plan your search before you start on the keyboard.

    2. Choose a topic, and then turn it into a research question. Ask yourself: What do I already know about the topic? What do I want to know about the topic?

    3. Choose keywords and synonyms from your research question. Keywords are usually the main ideas or concepts in your research question.

    4. To find synonyms for your keywords or subject headings (descriptors) you can:
      • use a thesaurus or dictionary on the web, or in print
      • use a specific database's thesaurus online, such as:
        • Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors
        • CINAHL (Nursing Subject Headings)
        • MeSH (Medical Subject Headings)
      • Look at the subject headings (descriptors) used in one good citation or abstract, and thendo your search using those better subject terms.
    5. Choose a database or online index that best matches the content you are seeking. For Education journal articles with full-text, start with any of these databases: Education Source, ERIC, or ProQuest Education Database.

    6. Read the HELP sections of each database before you start searching.

    7. For more precise searches, use subject headings (descriptors) assigned by indexers of journal articles, books, and ERIC documents included in the database. Keyword searches are less precise, but provide a beginning and broad search.

    8. Create your search by combining search terms with Boolean Operators (OR, AND, NOT). Here are examples of how Boolean operators work:

Dogs OR Cats

Retrieves every citation with either word (enlarges the retrieved set)

Dogs AND Cats

Retrieves every citation with both words (reduces the retrieved set)

Dogs NOT Cats

Retrieves every citation with Dogs but leaves out any citation that also has Cats (reduces the set)

Dogs AND (Cats OR MICE)

Retrieves every citation with Dogs and either Cats or Mice (enlarges the set)

(Dogs AND Cats) OR MICE

Retrieves every citation with both Dogs and Cats, then adds every citation with Mice (enlarges the set)

    1. Enclose search phrases in quotation marks or parentheses to keep words together. Example: "educational testing"

    2. Start searching.

    3. Evaluate your results by browsing a few retrieved citations. Did you get the results you wanted? If not, do the search again using different search terms and/or different Boolean combinations. Hint: do not browse through more than about 20 citations. Correct your search strategy and search terms, and then redo the search.

    4. Use the Pearl Growing technique for best results:
      • Find one good citation using keywords and browsing.

      • Look at how that one good citation was indexed in that specific database. What subject headings were assigned to that citation by indexers?

      • Using better subject headings or more precise keywords, redo your search.

Academic Search Complete

Academic Search Complete offers an enormous collection of the most valuable full-text journals, providing users access to critical information from many sources. In addition, this database is the leading source of peer-reviewed, full-text for STM research, as well as for the social sciences and humanities. This scholarly collection offers unmatched coverage of information spanning a broad range of important areas of academic study, including anthropology, engineering, law, and the sciences.

  • Produced by: EBSCO
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Coverage: More than 13,780 journals
  • Full-text: More than 9,000 full-text journals, and more than 1,000 eBooks, reports, and monographs. More than 60,000 videos are available.
  • To locate libraries that own specific e-books in your zip code, go to www.worldcat.org

Business Source Complete

Business Source Complete is the world's definitive scholarly business database. As part of the comprehensive coverage offered by this database, indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals back as far as 1886 are included.

  • Produced by: EBSCO
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Coverage: 2,330+ peer-reviewed journals, 3625 SWOT analyses; 57 faculty seminar videos; 10,270 case studies; 1,000 eBooks
  • Full-text: 1,000+ eBooks, reports, and monographs
  • To locate libraries that own specific e-books in your zip code, go to www.worldcat.org

eBook Central

eBook Central is a platform for eBooks.

  • Producer: ProQuest
  • Vendor: ProQuest
  • Coverage: 1 eBook
  • Full-text: 1 eBook
  • To locate libraries that own specific eBooks in your zip code, go to www.worldcat.org or check your state digital library
  • eBooks (EbscoHost)

    eBooks is a collection of full-text eBooks. ACE purchased 2009 and 2010 Education publications, and will continue to update this collection. This collection also includes eBooks available as open access. 

    • Produced by:EBSCO
    • Vendor: EBSCO
    • Coverage:3,542 eBooks (90 eBooks in Education as of January 2017)
    • Full-text: 3,542 eBooks
    • To locate libraries that own specific e-books in your zip code, go to www.worldcat.org

    Education Source

    Education Source is an authoritative online resource for Education research. This massive file offers the world's largest and most complete collection of full-text education journals. It is a bibliographic and full-text database covering scholarly research and information relating to all areas of education. Topics covered include all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as leadership, curriculum, instruction, multilingual education, health education, testing, administration, policy, funding, and related social issues.

    • Produced by: Ebsco
    • Vendor: Ebsco
    • Coverage: 2,850+ journals plus more than 550 ebooks, monographs, conference papers, and proceedings
    • Full-text: Yes - More than 1,800 journals and more than 550 books and monographs, plus numerous conference papers and proceedings
    • Includes: Ebsco’s Professional Development Collection
    • To locate libraries that own specific eBooks in your zip code, go to www.worldcat.org

    Health Management

    Health Management is a specialized database which includes the full text from pertinent health publishers in the field of health administration. Also included are over 6,000 dissertations and theses from that field, as well as over 1,100 reports from Business Monitor International related to the healthcare industry. Topics covered include hospitals, insurance, law, statistics, business management, ethics, and public health administration.

    • Produced by: ProQuest
    • Vendor: ProQuest
    • Coverage: More than 900 journals, more than 6,000 dissertations and theses, and more than 1,100 Business Monitor reports
    • Full-text: Yes
    • To locate libraries that own specific eBooks in your zip code, go to www.worldcat.org

    Library, Information Science, & Technology Abstracts with Full Text

    This database covers information management, technology, and more. Coverage extends back as far as the mid-1960s.

    • Produced by: EBSCO
    • Vendor: EBSCO
    • Coverage: More than 735 journals and more than 30 monographs
    • Full-text: Yes
    • To locate libraries that own specific eBooks in your zip code, go to www.worldcat.org

    ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full Text - Volume A

    • Producer: ProQuest
    • Vendor: ProQuest
    • Coverage: 1 million citations
    • Full-text: Yes, for most dissertations added since 1997
    • To locate libraries that own specific eBooks in your zip code, go to www.worldcat.org

    Academic Search Complete

    Academic Search Complete offers an enormous collection of the most valuable full-text journals, providing users access to critical information from many sources. In addition, this database is the leading source of peer-reviewed, full-text for STM research, as well as for the social sciences and humanities. This scholarly collection offers unmatched coverage of information spanning a broad range of important areas of academic study, including anthropology, engineering, law, and the sciences.

    • Produced by: EBSCO
    • Vendor: EBSCO
    • Coverage: More than 13780 journals, indexed
    • Full-text: More than 9,000 full-text journals, and more than 1,000 eBooks
    • To locate libraries that own specific journals in your zip code, go to www.worldcat.org

    Business Source Complete

    • Produced by: EBSCO
    • Vendor: EBSCO
    • Coverage: More than 2,330 peer-reviewed journals; 3,625 SWOT analyses; 57 faculty seminar videos; 10,270 case studies; 1,000 eBooks
    • Full-text: 1,000+ eBooks, reports, and monographs
    • To locate libraries that own specific eBooks in your zip code, go to www.worldcat.org
    • To locate full-text of a specific article not available in this database, try Google Scholar.

    Child Development & Adolescent Studies (Ebsco)

    Child Development & Adolescent Studies is an index of book reviews, articles, technical reports, theses, and dissertations related to growth and development of children through age of 21.

    • Produced by: National Information Services Corporation, MD. Previously published by Society for Research in Child Development, 1927-2001.
    • Vendor: EBSCO
    • Coverage: 238 journals
    • Full-text: none
    • To locate libraries that own specific journals in your zip code, go to www.worldcat.org
    • To locate full-text of a specific article not available in this database, try EBSCO Education Research Complete or ProQuest Education Database

    Education Abstracts/Full-Text (Wilson)

    Education Abstracts/Full-Text indexes and abstracts articles from education journals published since 1983, education yearbooks published since 1994, and books in education published since 1995. Subjects covered include adult education, continuing education, library science, literacy standards, multicultural/ethnic education, teaching methods, and more.

    • Produced by: H. W. Wilson Co., 1920-
    • Vendor: EBSCO
    • Coverage: 770+ journals, yearbooks, monographs
    • Full-text: Yes – 350+ journals back to 1996
    • To locate libraries that own specific journals in your zip code, go to www.worldcat.org
    • To locate full-text of a specific article not available in this database, try EBSCO Education Source.

    Education Source

    Education Source is an authoritative online resource for Education research. This massive file offers the world’s largest and most complete collection of full-text education journals. It is a bibliographic and full-text database covering scholarly research and information relating to all areas of education. Topics covered include all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as leadership, curriculum, instruction, multilingual education, health education, testing, administration, policy, funding, and related social issues.

    • Produced by: EBSCO
    • Vendor: EBSCO
    • Coverage: 2,850+ journals plus books, monographs, conference papers, and proceedings
    • Full-text: Yes - 1,800+ journals and 550+ books and monographs plus numerous conference papers and proceedings
    • Includes: Ebsco’s Professional Development Collection
    • To locate libraries that own specific journals in your zip code, go to www.worldcat.org
    • To locate full-text of a specific article not available in this database, try ProQuest Education Database

    Education Week

    Editorial Projects in Education has its origins in the Sputnik era, when anxiety over the United States’ ability to withstand a concerted challenge to its technological pre-eminence touched off a wave of initiatives to improve the nation’s schools and colleges. Although EPE today is recognized as the premier source of news, information, and analysis on American pre-collegiate education, it grew out of a bold experiment by 15 editors of leading university alumni magazines to speak with one voice to their readers as higher education sought to respond to the deep national concerns of that time.

    • Produced by: EPIE
    • Vendor: EBSCO
    • Coverage: 2013-
    • Full-text: Yes

    Educational Administration Abstracts

    Educational Administration Abstracts includes bibliographic records covering educational administration, leadership, management, educational research, and other areas. EBSCO has digitized the full archive of this index, bringing coverage back to 1966.

    • Produced by: University Council for Educational Administration, 1966-
    • Vendor: EBSCO
    • Coverage: More than 280 journals; more than 190,000 bibliographic records
    • Full-text: None
    • To locate libraries that own specific journals in your zip code, go to www.worldcat.org
    • To locate full-text of a specific article not available in this database, try EBSCO Education Source or ProQuest Education Database

    Educational Administration Quarterly

    EAQ publishes prominent empirical and conceptual articles focused on timely and critical leadership and policy issues of educational organizations. The journal embraces traditional and emergent research paradigms, methods, and issues. The journal particularly promotes the publication of rigorous and relevant scholarly work that enhances linkages among and utility for educational policy, practice, and research arenas.

    • Produced by: SAGE
    • Vendor: EBSCO
    • Coverage: 2013-
    • Full-text: Yes

    ERIC

    The ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) database is created and distributed free by the U. S. Dept. of Education. ERIC indexes and abstracts education journals, as well as published and unpublished books, monographs, curriculum guides, conference papers, proceedings, position papers, teaching guides, and other educational materials.

    • Produced by: U. S. Dept. of Education, 1966-
    • Vendors: http://www.eric.ed.gov, EBSCO, and ProQuest
    • All ERIC journal articles and ERIC documents are assigned subject headings from the Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors: http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/resources/html/thesaurus/about_thesaurus.html
    • Coverage: 1,100+ journals; 500,000+ other publications; 1.3+ million citations
    • Full-text: Yes - 244 journals (EJ) and 330,000+ ERIC documents (ED). Some publications have copyright restrictions placed by the author or publisher
    • To locate libraries that own specific journals in your zip code, go to www.worldcat.org
    • To locate full-text of a specific article not available in this database, try EBSCO Education Source or ProQuest Education Database

    Google Scholar

    Google Scholar is a keyword search engine of journal articles harvested daily from the Web, as well as U.S. patents and legal opinions.

    • Produced by: Google
    • Vendor: www.scholar.google.com
    • Coverage: all webpages on the Internet
    • Full-text: Yes – full-text articles that are copyright-free; free full-text patents and federal legal opinions
    • To locate libraries that own specific journals in your zip code, go to www.worldcat.org
    • To locate full-text of a specific article not available in this database, try EBSCO Education Source or ProQuest Education Database

    Health Management Database

    Health Management is a specialized database which includes the full text from pertinent health publishers in the field of health administration. Also included are more than 6,000 dissertations and theses from the field, as well as more than 1,100 reports from Business Monitor International related to the health care industry. Topics covered include hospitals, insurance, law, statistics, business management, ethics, and public health administration.

    • Produced by: ProQuest
    • Vendor: ProQuest
    • Coverage:More than 800 journals, more than 6,000 dissertations and theses, more than 1,100 Business Monitor report
    • Full-text: yes
    • To locate libraries that own specific journals in your zip code, go to www.worldcat.org
    • To locate full-text of a specific article not available in this database, try EBSCO Business Source

    JSTOR

    JSTOR Current Education Collection

  • Produced by: JSTOR
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Coverage: nine selected Education-related journals
  • Full-text: yes
  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text

    • Produced by: EBSCO
    • Vendor: EBSCO
    • Coverage: 400+ journals plus books, monographs, conference papers, and pamphlets
    • Full-text: Yes - 160+ journals and 550+ books and monographs plus numerous conference proceedings and pamphlets
    • To locate libraries that own specific journals in your zip code, go to www.worldcat.org
    • To locate full-text of a specific article not available in this database, try EBSCO Education Source or ProQuest Education Database

    ProQuest Education Database

    ProQuest Education Database covers scholarly literature on primary, secondary, and higher education, special education, home schooling, adult education, and hundreds of related topics.

    • Producer: ProQuest
    • Vendor: ProQuest
    • Coverage: 919+ journals published since 1991
    • Full-text: Yes – 660 journals
    • To locate libraries that own specific journals in your zip code, go to www.worldcat.org
    • To locate full-text of a specific article not available in this database, try EBSCO Education Source

    Copyright Policy

    Policy on the Use of Copyrighted Works for Education and Research

    1.1. ACE will take appropriate measures to ensure that its students, faculty and staff are aware of copyright laws, regulations and agreements and can act responsibly as they use information that is owned by others in the course of teaching, learning, research or administration of the College.

    1.2. All members of the ACE community are required to comply with copyright laws. Federal copyright laws provide valuable protection to the authors of original works, and ACE expects all members of the ACE community to respect those rights. Copyright laws also permit users of copyrighted works to make fair use of copyrighted materials under some limited circumstances. ACE works to make fair use of copyrighted materials under some limited circumstances.

    1.3. ACE is committed to fully support the fair use of copyrighted works by the ACE community under the provisions of applicable laws. The ACE community is expected to have knowledge of, and make reasonable application of, the four factors of fair use.

    1.4. Failure to comply with copyright laws and to act in good faith in the fair use of copyrighted materials will result in an ACE community member assuming liability for his or her actions and may result in disciplinary action.

    2. Copyright Protections and Fair Use Principles 
    To help members of the ACE community understand and comply with copyright laws, this policy summarizes basic principles of copyright law including the application of the fair use balancing test. A fair use of a copyrighted work depends upon a specific determination based upon the circumstances of the use.

    2.1. Principle 1: The copyright owner has important and exclusive rights. Copyright law protects original works such as films, writings, music and visual arts by giving the copyright owner a set of exclusive rights in that work. These rights include the right to distribute, copy, adapt, perform, display and create derivative or collected works. In general, any use of copyrighted materials requires permission from and maybe payment of royalties to the copyright owner unless the use falls within a fair use exemption.

    2.2. Principle 2: ACE community members must make good faith efforts to understand the fundamentals of copyright laws and the reasonable application of fair use. When ACE community members plan to use a copyrighted work in their teaching or research, they must examine the specifics of their use within the context of the law in order to determine whether they should seek permission for the use or depend upon a fair use exemption.

    2.3. Principle 3: A proper determination of fair use requires applying the following four factors:

    1.    purpose or character of the use;
    2.    nature of the copyrighted work being used;
    3.    amount and substantiality of the work being used; and
    4.    effect of the use on the market for or value of the original

    2.4. Principle 4: Nonprofit educational purposes are generally favored in the application of the four factors of fair use, but an educational use does not by itself make the use a “fair use.” The educational purpose of ACE will usually weight the first of the four factors in favor of fair use. However, an educational use does not mean that the use is, by that factor alone, a fair use. All four factors must be weighed in making that decision. 

    2.5. Principle 5: By acting responsibly and making considered decisions, you can limit your potential liability. Congress provides significant protection for educators. Educators must hold a reasonable and good faith belief that their activities are fair use in light of the four factors. Educators are advised to carefully document their application of the four factors of fair use to their specific use in order to demonstrate that the activities were done in good faith.

    3. Obtaining Copyright Permission

    3.1. To the extent that a member of the ACE community does not think their use of copyrighted material would fall under a fair use exemption, the ACE community member is responsible for obtaining or arranging to obtain copyright permission. Please submit requests for permissions at least six weeks before the material is needed to the Director of the ACE Library as the process can be slow, especially when dealing directly with a publisher. If permission is denied, or cannot be obtained in time, alternate material must be found.

    Relevant Copyright Links

    U.S. Copyright Office - Library of Congress
    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office - Department of Commerce
    Distance Education and the Teach Act - American Library Association
    Fair Use - (Copyright) Library of Congress