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Education Assistant Certificate

Selected resources for students in the Education Assistant Certificate courses

OCtopus (Library Search Engine)


Search OCtopus: Find Books, Articles, & More!


OCtopus searches the Library's catalogue and many of the Library's databases in one search. Enter keywords in the OCtopus search box on the Library's website

You may Refine your search resuts √ Peer Reviewed & Scholarly or

limit your search results by Resource types √ Academic Journal or

limit your search results by Resource types √ Magazines.

Not sure what are the differences between journals and magazines?

Watch a short video Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals (Peabody Library, Vanderbilt University)

Article Databases

You may want to use specific article databases instead of OCtopus for more targeted searching.


Note: ERIC, Professional Development Collection, Academic Search Premier and PsycINFO are included if you use OCtopus


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Key Journals



Teaching Exceptional Children (online fulltext 2001-current; print issues 1978-2012 in Storage)

Teaching Exceptional Children features research-to-practice information and materials for classroom use, as well as current issues in special education teaching and learning. Published six times per year, TEC also brings its readers the latest data on instructional technologies, strategies, procedures, and techniques with applications to students with exceptionalities. The focus of its practical content is on immediate application.

Focus on Exceptional Children (online fulltext 1994-2012)

Focus on Exceptional Children is a monthly (except June, July and August) newsletter focusing on practice rather than theory and each issue covers in depth a topic of current interest to teachers, special educators, administrators, or others concerned with the education of exceptional children.

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