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How To Find the Full Text of Journal Articles

The library provides access to a wide range of journal articles both in print and digital full text.  To find the full text of an article though the library following these steps:

  1. Go to the main library homepage: www.lib.byu.edu
  2. Click on the green box that says “Journals”
  3. Identify the title of the JOURNAL for the article you are looking for (Note – this is not the title of the article but the title of the JOURNAL, so in this example the title would be Learning Disabilities not “Long-term results of a problem solving …”

Carney, K. J. & Stiefel, G. S. (2008).  Long-term results of a problem solving approach to response to intervention: Discussion and implications.  Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, 6(2), 61-75

  1. Type or copy and paste the title of the JOURNAL into the box that says: “Journal Title” and click on “Search”
  2. Find the title you are looking for in the list that comes up in the middle of the screen and click on the title
  3. The list that comes up shows you where the library has access to the journal.  We may have lots of access from a variety of sources, if more than one source comes up look at the information below the first line that lists the source to see what years or issues are offered by that source, then pick the one that has the issue you want.  If more than one source contains your issue than pick whichever one you want.  For example in our citation above if the sources were “Full Text Online EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier Available from 2003” and “Full Text Online ProQuest Available from 2010” we would pick the EBSCOhost option since our article was published in 2008.
  4. Click on the blue words “Full Text Online” to access the digital full text – From the screen that comes up follow the links given to find the year, volume and issue that has your article then scroll through the articles to find the one you want then click on the PDF file attached to download it.
  5. Click on the blue words “We Have A Copy” to access the print full text – The screen will give you the call number at the bottom, then go to the periodicals room on the 2nd floor of the library to access the print copy.
  6. If you can’t find the journal you want, first make sure you typed in the Journal name correctly, if this is right it may be that the library does not have full text access to your journal, in this case you can get access to the full text by requesting an article though interlibrary loan by logging in with your Route Y ID and password here: https://illiad.lib.byu.edu/illiad/ and filling in the “Request an Article” form.


If you need any help with this or other library services please contact the Education subject librarian Rachel Wadham:  Rachel_Wadham@byu.edu

Find Resources on High School Graduation Rates in ERIC

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the high school graduation rate in the United States is on the rise. Between 2005-06 and 2010-11, the percentage of public school students graduating on time with a regular high school diploma has increased by 7 percentage points from 73% to 80%.

However, the graduation rate differs among various subgroups of students and location. For example, in 2010-11 the national graduation rate calculated using student-level data was 79%, but Asian/Pacific Islanders had the highest graduation rate at 87%, and American Indian/Alaskan Native students had the lowest graduation rate at 65%. Similarly, economically disadvantaged students had a graduation rate of 72%, students with limited English proficiency had a graduation rate of 59%, and special education students had a graduation rate of 61%. There are also differences in the graduation rates between states. Students in Vermont and Wisconsin had the highest graduation rate of 87%, while students in the District of Columbia had the lowest graduation rate at 59%.

Calculating graduation rates can be done in many ways, and graduation rates reported by states are generally higher than the standardized rates reported by NCES. For example, for the 2003-2004 school year, Nevada reported a graduation rate of 74.8% while NCES’s rate for that state was 57.4%. These differences can occur when a state includes students who have received their GED or students who took more than 5 years to graduate, which can boost the state’s graduation rate. To improve the quality and accuracy of graduation rates reported in the future, 48 states have agreed to use a standardized formula going forward.

ERIC has a variety of resources available for learning about graduation rates and how they are calculated. There are nearly 70 peer-reviewed full-text resources, including additional reports from the National Center for Education Statistics and reports from the Regional Educational Laboratories. You can find nearly 1,250 reports, journal articles, and books tagged with ERIC Descriptors relating to high school graduation rates, including about 535 full-text materials.

To find related information in ERIC, you can either use the keyword search box, or you can browse the ERIC Thesaurus. The Thesaurus will help you find Descriptors (terms used to tag ERIC records) for your search. The key Descriptors related to high school graduation rates are Graduation Rate coupled with High Schools. Descriptors for related topics include Graduation and High School Graduates. The Thesaurus can also provide additional terms you can use in your search.

The limiters on the left side of the search results page can help you refine the results. For example, use the Public Schools limiter to retrieve only materials related to graduation rates in public high schools.

From: http://eric.ed.gov/?note

Eighth Biennial Dolly Gray Award Winners Announced

The Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award were presented on January 22, 2014 at the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD) international conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida. The intermediate award will be presented to Shirley Reva Vernick, author of Remember Dippy and the young adult award will be presented to Matthew Dicks, author of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend.


The Dolly Gray Award recognizes high quality fiction/biographical books for children, adolescents, and young adults that authentically portray individuals with developmental disabilities. Special Needs Project, a worldwide leader in the distribution of books related to disabilities, co-sponsors this award.
The Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award Special Collection at the Harold B. Lee Library on the Brigham Young University campus in Provo, Utah houses all books considered for the award since its inception in 2000, and is likely to be the most complete collection of children’s books that include individuals with developmental disabilities. A list of all books eligible for the award, procedures, and submission guidelines are available on the DADD website: www.dollygrayaward.com.

New ERIC Website And Future Changes Announced

The new ERIC website is now live at www.eric.ed.gov.

In the new site users can search for keywords, author, and title simultaneously in the search box or they can use single terms.  The way the findings are displayed is new and was designed to both enhance clarity and to facilitate narrowing of search results. Additional features and content will be added on an ongoing basis through October.

Additionally, as ERIC transitions into a new contract cycle, there will be a delay in indexing material. New material will not be released from August through October. In October, the ERIC team will index any key material not indexed during the transition period.

Some exciting long term changes are in the mix.  Over the next few years users will see a:

  • New Topic Oriented Section of the Website: In early 2015, ERIC will release a brand new section of the ERIC website that allows users to browse ERIC’s content by topic area. There will be 15 topics with between 5-10 subtopics for each topic. Each topic and subtopic will have its own webpage with a factual topic summary that is similar to the former ERIC digests in structure, but with greater detail and written on broader topics. These will be written by leading subject matter experts in the field. There will also be links to relevant ERIC documents, thesaurus terms, and information for each topic and subtopic.
  • New Selection Policy: In the next few months, the ERIC team will work with an advisory group of librarians and subject matter experts to recommend changes to the selection policy. The goal will be to ensure that ERIC continues to index relevant education literature. After the new selection policy is approved, it will be posted on the eric.ed.gov website. Shortly thereafter, this committee will revise the list of sources that ERIC indexes to make sure that the sources included are aligned with the selection policy and are the best use of taxpayer dollars.

Daniel Willingham Visit and Book

  • Daniel Willingham from the University of Virginia and author of “Why Don’t Students Like School?” will present a lecture on Tuesday, March 12 in the Talmage Building, room 1170 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. His presentation is titled “What every student and teacher should know about human memory.”  The lecture is co-sponsored by CITES , the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Departments of Mathematics and Mathematics Education.

Find Dr. Willingham’s book in the library:

Why don’t students like school? : a cognitive scientist answers questions about how the mind works and what it means for your classroom

LB 1060 .W5435 2009

Digital Learning Day

Today is the second annual  Digital Learning Day,  sponsored by The Alliance for Excellent Education (AEE) and dozens of education partners.  Digital Learning Day is “a national campaign that celebrates teachers and shines a spotlight on successful instructional practice and effective use of technology in classrooms across the country.”

To celebrate take a look at some of these great sites that support digital learning:

AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning


PBS Learning Media

NCTE and IRA’s Read Write Think

ALA Youth Media Awards

The American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards were announced two days ago in Seattle Washington.  Want to know who the winners were?

Check out the award links from the following website:

ALA Youth Media Awards Listing


HBLL’s New Website Design

You may have noticed that we have changed the HBLL”s website around a little.  All of our great resources are still there they just may be in new places.

For more information on the changes and why we make them click here

And as always If you need any help with this or other library databases please contact the Education subject librarian Rachel Wadham:  Rachel_Wadham@byu.edu



Graphic novels as a learning tool

Graphic Novels are a great tool for learning because they expand students textual and visual literacy skills.   Read more about one schools use of them here.

You can also check out some of the HBLL’s graphic novels in the juvenile collection:

Babymouse: Queen of the World! By Jennifer Holm – Call number: 741.5 H731b no. 1

Binky Under Pressure by Ashley Spires – Call number: 741.5 Sp48bu 2011

Marathon by Boaz Yakin – Call number: 741.5 Y11m 2012

The Odyssey: A Graphic Novel – Call number: 741.5 H588o 2010

William Shakespeare’s Macbeth: The Graphic Novel by Arthur Cover – Call number: 741.5 C838m 2005

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