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Education: Online M.S. Ed. Research Tutorials

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Booth Library has a large collection of information resources to support the your research as you work toward the M.S. Ed. online. These materials include online full-text databases, electronic journals, the reference collection (print and electronic), and the main book holdings. Journal articles and books from other libraries may be obtained using the library’s interlibrary loan (ILL) service.

These video tutorials are intended to help you use the library collection and services for your research, including locating sources (books, articles, and online encyclopedia entries) and obtaining research assistance from the librarians.
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Subject Specialist

Michele McDaniel
Ballenger Teacher Center (BTC) Coordinator
Subject Specialist for Education, Counseling, and Student Development
BTC Phone: 217-581-8442
Office Phone (voicemail): 217-581-6099
Library Basics - Video Tutorials

The videos below offer an introduction to Booth Library as well as instruction on how to access services and materials. Please review these items to better understand the basics of our library services.
Included here are:


  • 1. Introduction to the library for online students
  • 2. How to access library resources from off-campus
  • 3. How to find books
  • 4. How to find and access e-books
  • 5. How to have books delivered
  • 6. How to use I-Share
  • 7. How to use Interlibrary loan
  • 8. How to get help
Services for Online Students
Off-Campus Access
Use your EIU NetID and password (same login as for D2L) for remote access to library resources.
All the materials in the Ballenger Teachers Center and Booth Library including, books, curriculum materials, and kits can be delivered to you by mail.
Distance Education Book Request

Articles from our print journals will be emailed to you.
Distance Education Article Request

For more information about returning books as well as eligibility for this service, please see the Distance Education Loan Policy.
To renew items, use your I-Share Account.
About Your Library Number
Your library ID number is located in the lower right corner of your Panther Card or Student I.D. Card (14 digits beginning with 2 2211 0____ ____).

Another way to find your library number is Library ID Lookup.
For resources that are not available at Booth Library, you may borrow materials from other college and university libraries in Illinois by submitting a request in I-Share.

List of I-Share Libraries and Map

You can also have these materials delivered to any I-Share location by choosing a pick-up library from the dropdown menu when placing your request. [view screenshot]

For resources that are not available through I-Share, use an Interlibrary Loan request form.

Items requested through Interlibrary Loan will be shipped to Booth Library by the lending library. We will then mail the item directly to you. ILL items can be returned at any I-Share location. 
Items requested through Interlibrary Loan will be shipped to Booth Library by the lending library. We will then mail the item to you, along with an address label for the item's return to the Booth Library ILL Dept.
Please allow enough time for us to ship the item back to the lending library before its due date. You may need to request an extension of the loan period in order to avoid incurring overdue fines.
For more information:
Services for Off-Campus Students
Online Students Library Resources Guide
Booth Library FAQ
If you have questions about your library account, call:
 Circulation Desk

For Interlibrary Loan concerns, call:
Finding Articles for Research
You can use the search widget below to begin your search for articles related to topics in education. The box searches the primary education databases: ERIC, Professional Development Collection, and PsychINFO. Use quotation marks to keep key ideas or phrases together. For example: "English Language Learners" or "Response to Intervention."

Before being able to view your results, you will be asked to provide your EIU NetID and Password.

Search for Articles in ERIC, Professional Development Collection, and PsychINFO
Limit Your Results
Finding E-Books
Booth Library offers E-Books on two major platforms: SpringerLink and EBSCOhost.

You can search for books inside each database using the search box below. First, select either Spring or EBSCO. Then conduct your search. For tips on navigating either e-book platform please see below.
Navigating the EBSCO E-Book Platform
Search EBSCO e-books
E-Books in EBSCO are typically only available for one patron to view at a time. Sometimes we do offer titles for three simultaneous users.

To access e-books in EBSCO:

1. Select EBSCO.
2. Type in your search term (for example: curriculum)
3. Click Go.
4. Narrow results. Like in SpringerLink, you can narrow your results using the facets on the left. In EBSCO, you can limit your results by Subject.
EBSCO Subject Facet
5. If you don't see a Subject of interest, click on Show More.
See More - Subject
6. To access a book, click on the title. You can then click on either the PDF or ePub full text to browse online. Or, you can download. Look where it says concurrent user level to see how many simultaneous users the books can support.
How to read
Navigating the SpringerLink E-Book Platform

Books in SpringerLink are available to multiple users simultaneously. You can download single chapters or complete books.

To access e-books in SpringerLink:

1. Select the Springer button
2. Type in your search term ("classroom management", for example)
3. Click Go.
4. Narrow results. In SpringerLink, you can narrow your results using the Discipline or Subdiscipline facets on the left side of your search results.
SpringerLink Facets
5. If you don't see the discipline that interests you. Click on See All. You can then browse all the Disciplines or Subdisciplines.
Electronic Reference Resources
We have a variety electronic reference resources available through Gale Virtual Reference Library that are great for background research on a variety of topics within the education discipline. These are particularly appealing because they are searchable, and you can access them from anywhere. You can see a breakdown of education topics in the image below. If you are interested in introductory articles to any of the topics in the image follow these steps.

​1. Click on the image below: 
Education Tiles
2. You will need to type Education into the Topic Finder search bar. 
 Education Search
3. Select your topic of interest. Article titles will display in the box to the right. You can then browse and click on titles of interest to see the full article.
Choose a topic and view results
Additional Reference Resources for Education
Reference materials provide a general overview or data/statistics about a given topic. If you are looking for background information on a topic in the discipline of education, follow this link to our online education reference resources:

If you need a photocopy of a reference article we own in print, please request it using the Distance Education Article Request.
Kanopy Streaming Video
Kanopy has an extensive selection of videos videos related to the discipline of Education, including both Education Documentaries and Teacher Education Development.

To browse the full list, click on the picture below to view the collection. Once you are in Kanopy, you can also perform a more specific search:
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