Using the Web To Access Online Education Periodicals.
by Slowinski, Joseph
Over the last five years, information technology has revolutionized
the way in which scholars can access information and data resources. Education
practitioners and scholars are no different. This Digest is designed to
aid those wishing to learn more about how to use information technology
to access electronic resources. Readers should be aware that the resources
and the Internet addresses below are subject to change.
Since the World Wide Web's inception in 1989, more information is available
to more people today than at any other time in our history. Such an information-rich
environment provides a wealth of opportunities for scholars and practitioners
of education to access a variety of electronic resources. Web resources
include reports, papers, policy positions, etc., many of which are available
HOW TO FIND JOURNALS ONLINE
Journal and magazine publishers are beginning to offer services for
subscribers as well as those who visit their website. Services include
full-text versions of articles published in the past as well as upcoming
tables of contents.
Try visiting the official Web site of magazines and journals. The next
time you look at a hard copy of a periodical, examine the publisher's information.
Often the journal URL will be printed on the inside front or back cover.
If you are unable to locate a URL, make note of the journal publisher.
Use a search engine, like Infoseek or Galaxy, to search for the name of
the journal. After searching for the URL, visit its home page to determine
the potential of full-text journal articles. Another wise starting point
is the Education Virtual Library located at http://www.csu.edu.au/education/library.html
or the Center for Instructional Materials and Computing Education Journal
Annotations available at http://cimc.soemadison.wisc.edu/resources/anno_AB.html.
These resources will aid you in locating journals and magazines of interest,
as well as other potentially information rich Web sites.
Triangle Journals publishes a variety of educational journals including
International Studies in the Sociology of Education, Curriculum Studies
and Oxford Studies in Comparative Education. Triangle is currently releasing
free online portable document format access to many journal volumes published
after 1997 (as discussed above). To see the complete line of journals and
to access the free online publications, visit Triangle Journals at http://www.triangle.co.uk/index.htm.
A sample of other educational journals available online includes the following:
*American School Board Journal
*Journal of Chemical Education
*Journal of Economic Education
*World Education Review
*Harvard Education Review
*International Journal of Science Education
*International Journal of Lifelong Education
Similar to scholarly publications, many magazines are becoming available
full-text online. One prime example of a magazine supporting online technology
is the Atlantic Monthly (http://www.theatlantic.com) which offers an online
archive of many topic-related articles. For example, you can find online
articles by Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois. Look through the Atlantic
Monthly education archive (http://www.theatlantic.com/election/connection/educatio/educatio.ht
m) as well as other related topics such as the economy, politics, race,
or gender. In addition to these magazines, the following journals also
maintain archives and current materials available for free online:
*Phi Delta Kappan (http://www.pdkintl.org/kappan/kappan.htm)
*The American Prospect (http://epn.org/prospect.html)
*Policy Review (http://www.policyreview.com/backiss.html)
*Rethinking Schools (http://www.rethinkingschools.org/)
*NCTM Publications (http://www.nctm.org/publications/)
*Technical Horizons in Education (http://www.thejournal.com/)
*Education Week (http://www.edweek.org/)
*Green Teacher (http://www.web.ca/~greentea/)
*Creative Classroom (http://www.creativeclassroom.org/)
Many journals have emerged on the World Wide Web. Normally these are
comprised of two types: web-only versions and electronic publishing projects.
Web-only journals comprise a rapidly growing sector of the World Wide Web.
One such example is the Electronic Policy Analysis Archives located at
http://epaa.asu.edu. EPAA has published original scholarly articles since
1993 and has been accessed more than 250,000 times. It is an excellent
source about issues in education in the United States, and has grown recently
to include internationally-related educational issues.
In addition, the following is a sampling of online-only journals:
*International Education - Electronic Journal
*Kairos: A Journal For Teachers of Writing in Webbed Environments
*National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education
*Current Issues in Comparative Education
*Electronic Learning (http://scholastic.com/EL/)
*College Quarterly: A Journal of Professional Development for College
Another type of online-only journal is the Electronic Policy Network
(EPN) available at http://epn.org. While the EPAA publishes original articles,
the EPN searches reform and policy institute Web sites for online material.
EPN maintains sections on economics and politics, education, media, health,
and civic participation. In addition, EPN provides links and information
to a variety of scholarly Web sites, publishers, and online papers. EPN
education, available at http://epn.org/idea/education.html, provides a
bimonthly update of critical issues in American education; it is an excellent
source for educational policy scholars and students. EPN also maintains
an archive on educational issues.
Some online journals are supported through an electronic publishing
program designed to offer online versions of traditional journals. Many
require subscriptions to access materials. One example of an electronic
publishing project is MUSE housed at Johns Hopkins University. MUSE (http://muse.jhu.edu/muse.html)
has full-text access to more than 30 journals, including the Journal of
Higher Education and the Journal of Democracy. Users can search the complete
collection with title or keyword searches.
Another excellent source for a variety of full-text journals is JSTOR
(http://www.jstor.org). JSTOR has journals from economics, sociology, education,
anthropology, Asian studies, political science, etc. JSTOR allows a user
to search its entire collection for key education words. Check the availability
of JSTOR and MUSE at your local campus library.
Many other online sites are supported by higher education institutions.
In addition, CARFAX offers online access to 37 various journal publications.
To learn more about CARFAX and their online services, visit http://www.carfax.co.uk/subjonli.htm.
CatchWord Ltd. also offers paid access through RealPage to more than 50
international education journals at http://cherubino.catchword.com/about.htm.
RealPage works similarly to Adobe Acrobat Reader, allowing the user to
download the contents of journals for viewing and printing at home, school,
or in the office.
ELECTRONIC NOTIFICATION OF JOURNAL CONTENTS BY E-MAIL
Many journal publishers are beginning to provide an electronic service
alerting readers of journal updates and upcoming tables of contents. One
example of this type of service is offered by Carfax. Carfax, headquartered
in the United Kingdom, publishes hundreds of scholarly journals. Scholarly
Articles Research Alerting (SARA) service allows a user to subscribe to
several clusters of journals within certain topic areas. For example, within
education Carfax publishes journals within the following areas: Assessment,
Comparative Education, Drama and English, Educational Policy, Education
Research, Further Education, Higher Education, Moral and Religious Education,
Multicultural Education, Sociology of Education, Special Needs, and Teacher
Education. Within each of these journal areas, Carfax publishes several
journals, which are referred to as a cluster. When you visit the official
Web site of a journal or magazine, look for this emerging service.
To subscribe to SARA, visit the Carfax Web site at http://www.carfax.co.uk/s-sarali.htm
and determine the content area and particular clusters that match your
interests. For example, if you want to subscribe to the multicultural education
cluster, send a message to SARA@Carfax. In the body of the message, type
the following message: SUBSCRIBE MULTICULTURAL-EDUCATION-C
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