This guide suggests resources for the Stories in Schooling project in EDST 2480 as well as other projects investigating diversity or multiculturalism in education. EDST 2480 students explore educational challenges and opportunities for different ethnic groups, females, LGBT, or individuals with special needs.
Encyclopedias, handbooks, and other reference books offer quick facts or summaries of a topic. They can be good sources for timelines and can aid in understanding context of events or identifying highlights for further exploration.
Books provide historical coverage of topics and tend to be more general in nature than articles. Books are also good for how-to type information.
Articles in scholarly or professional journals tend to focus in on research studies or narrower aspects of a topic. Newspaper and magazine articles are good for current events, though they may lack the editorial review of more scholarly scources.
Knowing who is responsible for a web site can help you determine whether you can rely on it as a source for your project. Many websites related to diversity, social justice, or special populations in education are often produced by advocacy organizations. They can provide excellent information, but keep in mind that most have an agenda. Government websites, including school districts and state or federal education agencies, are good sources for statistics and demographic information.
Primary historical resources like diaries, letters, oral histories, photographs, or eyewitness newspaper accounts can provide first-hand reflections on events and add emotional impact to presentations or papers. The library offers several databases that specialize in these types of sources. Music, movie clips, and images add interest to presentations.