UWP104D (Sperber): Writing in Elementary and Secondary Education

by Melissa Browne – December 15, 2021

This guide is designed to help you identify sources for your Annotated Bibliography. 

For a comprehensive listing of scholarly search tools, visit the UC Davis Library website.

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Melissa Browne

Student Services Librarian



In this Guide:

Consider these questions as you begin your information research:

1. Topic/Research Question: What do you already know? What do you want to investigate?

2. Sources: What types of information would inform your thinking?

Types of Sources: Research Tool:
Books & Book Chapters UC Davis Library Catalog
Journal, Magazine, Newspaper Articles Databases (via Subject Guides)
– Education
– Newspapers & Current Events
– Popular Magazines
Web Sources (e.g. reports, school websites, statistics) Commercial Search Engine(s), e.g. DuckDuckGo, Google


3. Search: What has been published in credible sources?

4. Analyze/Refine: Revision is part of the research (and writing) process!

Narrow the G_A_P to move from Topic to Research Question:

  • Geography, i.e. location or setting
  • Aspect/Angle
  • Population

TOPIC: Teaching with Technology

RESEARCH QUESTION: How does using a tablet/iPad (A) impact the reading comprehension of students (P) in elementary schools (G)?

1. Books & Book Chapters: UC Davis Library Catalog

Search the Library Catalog to find books and other materials available through the UC Davis Library.

KEYWORDS (Any Field)

Examples: “high stakes testing” |  “gifted education” | LGBT* AND (school* or education) | “mental health” AND child* AND (school* or education)


Examples: Arts – Study and teaching | Autistic children – Education | Bullying in schools |Discrimination in Education – United States | Education bilingual – United States | Educational technology -Study and teaching | English language – Study and teaching – Foreign speakers [use for English Learners] | Multicultural education – United States | School attendance – United States or High school dropouts | School gardens [use for gardening programs] | Social justice – Study and teaching

TIP: If a book is not available online, note the call number, e.g. LC212.52 .H45 2016 and consult a Library Map to determine its location. To check out a book, go to Circulation (Shields Library 1st floor).

2. Oxford Bibliographies Online: Education

This annotated bibliography includes topic overviews and citations for recommended books, articles and other scholarly sources.

TOPICS: Bilingual Education, Bullying/School Bullying, Culturally Responsive Pedagogies, Digital Age Teacher/Educational Technology, Effective Mental Health Services in Schools in the United States, Gifted Education, Homeschooling, Linguistically Inclusive Pedagogy (English learners), Physical Education, Science Education, School Choice (Charter schools), Special Education/Inclusive Education,  Teacher Training/Professional Development

3. CQ Researcher

This tool includes journalistic reports on a range of political and social-policy issues. Each report is footnoted and includes an overview, background section, chronology, bibliography and debate-style pro-con feature.

TOPICS: Bilingual Education, Bullying and Cyberbullying, Charter Schools, COVID 19 and Children, Dropout Rate, Homeschooling, Homework Debate, Race and Education, School Discipline, Special Education, STEM Gender Gap, Systemic Racism

Check the Education Subject Guide for additional search tools for education-related research.

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