Early Childhood Education

blocks.jpg Welcome to the Early Childhood Education Research Guide.

Click on a tab below to find books, videos, articles, and websites for use in Early Childhood Education and Care classes.

If you need additional help, stop by the Reference Desk or contact a reference librarian: Ask A Librarian.

  1. Books & Videos
  2. Databases and Journals
  3. Websites
  4. Class Guides

Finding Books

Use the COD Library's catalog to find books & videos. Click on the "keyword" tab to search using multiple search terms and limit your results by material type (book, video), date, or language. You'll need a current College of DuPage Library card to check out books.

Reference Works

Reference works, such as dictionaries and encyclopedias are useful for learning about background information on a topic
Please note that print reference books may be used while in the library only. Online reference books may be accessed from any on or off-campus computer. You'll need a College of DuPage Library card to access online books and articles from off-campus.
Click on the links below to access the online book/website or record/description of the print book.


The Library owns many Early Childhood Education films in DVD, VHS and streaming formats. Check the list of titles at:

Find videos related to General Education at:

The Library subscribes to many databases that provide access to thousands of popular and credible, scholarly journals. Many databases provide access to full-text articles, while some provide information about the article only (citation). Request (for free!) through Interlibrary Loan copies of articles to which the Library doesn't have full-text access.

Access the article databases listed below.

Best Bet links: Databases and Journal Holdings

  • Academic Search Complete
  • References and abstracts to articles from about 4,500 magazines and professional journals. Use ADVANCED SEARCH to link keywords of topics. Many articles are PDF or full-text.

  • Academic One File
  • References and abstracts to articles in about 3,000 magazines and professional journals in a variety of subject areas. If your subject is one topic -- bullying, high stakes tests, bilingual education, etc. use the subject search and look at Academic journal results. Use the ADVANCED SEARCH to link two or more keywords of topics. Many articles are PDF or full-text.

  • Associates Program Source Plus
  • Associates Programs Source Plus is designed specifically for junior & community colleges with a primary focus on disciplines of study within associate degrees and certification programs. Areas explored include child care services. The database is updated weekly on EBSCO host.

  • Novelist Plus
  • Looking for good story time titles? Novelist is an electronic readers' advisory resource which contains materials for all ages. In addition to non-fiction titles for adults and children, Novelist Plus includes picture books and children's "chapter" books.

  • ERIC
  • References and abstracts for over 750 education professional journals and thousands of documents including curriculum materials, conference papers and government reports. Use ADVANCED SEARCH to link terms you are using. Some articles are available full-text or online. Use the Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors by looking up your correct terms in in the "Thesaurus" link at the top). You may find full-text of journal articles listed if they were purchased in any of our other databases. Click the "Find this" feature. Be sure to use Interlibrary Loan if the article is not in any of our databases or the print.

  • YouTube video: Basic Search in ERIC ( From High Point University, Smith Library)
  • YouTube video: How to use ERIC Descriptors to create a subject search (From North Carolina State University Libraries)

  • ERIC Advanced Search Example (PDF)
  • How Do I Find the Whole Article in ERIC?

Controversial Issues Topic Overviews:

  • Issues and Controversies
  • Issues and Controversies presents overviews of crucial issues in Education. Topic areas include Church-State Separation, Educational Standards and Curriculum, Private and Public Funding and more.

  • CQ Researcher
  • The CQ Researcher offers in-depth, non-biased coverage of today's most important issues. Browse major topics in Education to find long overviews (more than 12,000 words) with bibliographies. Each weekly issue provides up-to-date information on controversial subjects reported by CQ's staff of experienced reporters.

Journals in Library and Online:


  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
    "The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8."
  • Center for Childcare Workforce.
    "CCW/AFTEF's mission is to improve the quality of early care and education for all children by promoting policy, research and organizing that ensure the early care and education workforce is well-educated, receives better compensation and a voice in their workplace."
  • Child Care & Early Education Research Connections
    Collection of research information from over 10,000 sources. Good source for locating information on broad policy areas such as child care licensing. Includes reports generated by private consulting firms and governmental agencies. Includes references to journals but the whole text of the article is rarely available on the Web site. Use the Article Databases listed above to find journal articles.
  • Child Development from Centers for Disease Control
    From the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, information on developmental milestones and signs of disabilities and health conditions.
  • ChildStats.gov
    Federal and state statistics and reports on children and their families including population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment, and education.
  • CRIS--The Health and Human Services Directory DuPage County
    Directory of DuPage County health and human services agencies and organizations.
  • Voices for Illinois Children.
    A resource to find referral services for children and their families in Illinois.