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Sources of Reading Research

Enormous amounts of reading and literacy research is available from the U.S. Department of Education, journals, associations, and education databases. This overview offers links to help you find what you need.

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Regional education labs

The U.S. Department of Education funds a system of 10 organizations that provide technical assistance to the states in its region. Each regional laboratory’s website offers a wealth of information.

Education journals

The following are journals that publish articles and research related to reading issues. The organization that publishes each journal is indicated in parentheses.

Education databases

The following databases are rich sources of usually free reading research.

Other databases require university affiliation or allow individual access for a fee. These include:

  • PsycINFO (opens in a new window)

    The main PsycINFO database contains almost 2 million references to psychological literature from the 1800s-present, and includes journal articles, books, book chapters, technical reports, and dissertations.

  • OVID (opens in a new window)

    This database provides citations and abstracts for education-related journals and magazine articles, and also searches journals from other disciplines.

  • LexisNexis (opens in a new window)

    Use this database to locate fulltext newspaper articles on your subject.

  • Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts (CSA) (opens in a new window)

    This database covers all aspects of the study of language including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. Complete coverage is also given to various fields of linguistics including descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical, and geographical linguistics. (Dates covered: 1973 - present)

  • Mental Measurements Yearbook (opens in a new window)

    This database includes more than 2,200 commercially-available tests in categories such as personality, developmental, behavioral assessment, neuropsychological, achievement, intelligence and aptitude, educational, speech and hearing, and sensory motor.

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