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Research Guide: English 3410 - Teaching Writing

Finding Books

Using Catalogs: Use the WSU online catalog to find location and availability of books and other media in Stewart Library. Most of the books on writing, rhetoric and education are located on level two of the library in the General Collection under the call number PE. Books on teaching writing and language arts are found under the letter LB 1500 and 1600. There are also quite a few books, curriculum guides and sets on the lower level in the Curriculum Library.

Use World Cat to find books in other libraries. Stewart Library Interlibrary Loan services will order for you.

Subject Searching: Useful Library of Congress Subject Headings may include the following, these may also be used as ideas for keywords: 

  • Education -- Curriculum
  • English Language -- Composition and exercises
  • English language -- Ability testing
  • Grading and marking (students)
  • High School teaching
  • Interdisciplinary approach in education
  • Language and education
  • Language and languages -- Study and teaching (secondary)
  • Language arts -- Study and teaching
  • Report writing --Study and teaching
  • School prose -- Evaluation
  • Second language acquisition
  • Teaching
  • Teachers

Electronic Books: 

NetLibrary  - A searchable collection of electronic books on all subjects.

From Bookstores:

Order books online from Amazon Books, Barnes and Noble or Yahoo Books Page

Interlibrary Loan:

If we do not own a particular book or article you need, we will borrow it for you from another library through Interlibrary Loan.

Reference Resources

Reference resources include encyclopedias, dictionaries and other materials you use to "refer" to. Use these resources for background information on a topic. For home or off campus access please use your WSU Login.


  • Bartlett's Quotations  - Search for quotations by keyword and author. 1919 and earlier only. This database is available to anyone, anywhere.
  • Literature Resource Center - (Includes Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography and other materials) -  Literature Resource Center provides access to biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis of over 90,000 authors from every age and literary discipline. Search by Author Name, Title, Genre, Literary Movement or Literary Themes. A great place to start any literature research project or paper.
  • National Center for Education Statistics - Primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data relating to education.
  • Oxford Reference Online - 100 well-known and trusted dictionaries and reference books in all subjects, plus an Encyclopedia, in a single cross-searchable web database
  • EBSCOhost Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia - general online encyclopedia, similar to World Book.
  • Oxford English Dictionary 
  • Roget's Thesaurus  - Use a thesaurus to expand word choice alternatives.


The print reference collection in this area consists primarily of specialized dictionaries and style manuals found under the PE and PN call numbers. Table 2A in the reference area contains additional writing aids, specialized dictionaries, writing style guides, manuals and handbooks. Education reference tools are under the call number "L" in the reference area. For example:

  • Encyclopedia of American Education                 Main Level REF LB 17 .U54 2001
  • Historical Dictionary of American Education      Main Level REF LB 15 .H57


Finding Articles


To find articles you need to use article databases, also known as periodical indexes. Each database usually covers a group of subject related journals. Search by author, title, subject or keyword in these indexes. For home or off campus access please use your WSU Login.

  • Academic Search Premier - Provides full text articles and indexing for over 8500 magazines and journals  
  • Academic Universe (Lexis/Nexis)  - Full-text coverage of many newspapers from across the US and around the world.
  • CQ Researcher  - Fulltext articles on topics of current interest. An excellent place to start researching a paper topic.
  • Education Databases (EbscoHost) - includes ERIC - Includes Resources in Education (RIE), a file of citations to educational documents and Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE), a file to citations from 775 professional journals. Selected fulltext. 1967 to present. Updated quarterly.
  • ERIC Digests   - Full text subset of ERIC. Short reports (1,000 to 1,500 words) on topics of current interest in education, specifically for teachers, administrators, policymakers, and other practitioners, but generally useful to the broad educational community. 1992 to present. Updated quarterly.
  • TopicSearch - A current events database that allows researchers to explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today's classrooms. TOPICsearch contains full text for over 64,000 articles from more than 3,000 diverse sources, including nearly 1,600 full text periodicals.


Current magazines and journals on writing and teaching can be browsed in the Current Periodicals Area, in the P and L call number sections on the Main level. Bound volumes of older issues are found upstairs in the General Collection.

The High School Journal LB2.H6386
Language Arts LB11.E3832
Multicultural Perspectives LC1.M84
Reading, Literacy and Language LB1.R287
Reading Research Quarterly LB1.R289
Reading Research and Instruction LB1.R41
Research in the Teaching of English PE1.R432
Teachers & Writers PE1.T25352
TESOL Journal PE1.T337
TESOL Quarterly PE1.T337
Writing on the Edge PE1.W956



  • Educational Action Research is a fully-refereed international journal concerned with exploring the unity between educational research and practice.

The library subscribes to many Electronic Journals . From this link you can search by journal title.  This is useful mainly after you have found a citation, to check to see if it might be available in full text. Remember to use article databases to find many full text articles online.

Web Resources

Here are some WWW sites to get you started. Most of these will take you to other links, so explore!




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Updated December 29, 2008 . Please send comments to Carol Hansen and Shannon Butler
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