Online Libraries, Information Clearinghouses and Search Engines
ECTA Outcomes Resource Database
This database contains many of the resources available on the outcomes sections of the Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) website, including presentations, papers, topical web pages, and tools developed by the Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO) Center. To find resources, begin by clicking on the “Browse & Search Resources” tab on the left, then use the keyword search or select one of the criteria under guided search. To further refine the results, use keywords or other guided criteria found on the right of the results page. For definitions of the types of resources found in each of the topics, click on the “Definitions” tab. Content on this site is maintained by ECTA Center (the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center).
Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
This bibliographic database offers more than 1.1 million citations on education topics going back to 1966. More than 100,000 full texts are available for free. The site offers basic and more advanced search options. The green question mark at the top of the search page will lead you to search tutorials that can help focus searches.
Google Scholar provides a simple way to search broadly for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other websites. You can view many articles for free; some are available only to subscribers or for a small fee. “Search Tips” for using the site are on the “About Google Scholar” page. Note: you must first search for a term and only then will the results page show “About Google Scholar” at the very bottom of the page.
Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse
The Illinois Early Intervention (EI) Program provides a collection of services for families of children from birth to age 3 who have disabilities or developmental delays or who are at risk of having developmental delays. The EI Clearinghouse website provides families with access to an extensive early intervention library collection of books, videos, and journals. Some materials are available in Spanish as well as English.
Scirus is the most comprehensive scientific research tool on the web. With more than 575 million scientific items indexed at last count, Scirus enables researchers to search for not only journal content but also scientists’ homepages, courseware, pre-print server material, patents, and institutional repository and website information. Many articles are free to view; some may be available only to subscribers or for a small fee. Search tips can be found in the “Help” link from the homepage.
SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library
SpecialQuest Birth to Five is a training program dedicated to creating inclusive communities for young children with disabilities. The site offers users free access to the SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library that includes a variety of training material such as worksheets, handouts, and videos both in English and Spanish. Materials on the site are provided at no cost with funding from the Office of Head Start.