EDST 620: Issues and Research in Math Education

Gabriela Sonntag
Instruction Librarian
CSUSM Library
(760) 750-4356

The purpose of this guide is to familiarize you with the best resources for researching in mathematics education!

Getting Started
Articles and Documents
On the Web
Citing Your Sources


Getting Started in the Library Catalog

Chances are you are already starting with a research topic or issue that interests you. Remember that books will generally be broader in subject scope than journal articles.

Books at Cal State San Marcos

Find books by searching the Library Catalog. Can't think of terms to describe your topic?  Catalogs use specific subject headings to group related books together.  A good strategy is to:

  • enter a keyword or two
  • scan the list for one good item of interest
  • click on the subject headings for that item
  • scan the list of subject headings for ones that are of interest
  • click on another subject heading to search for more items

Books at other libraries

  Circuit 1-2 day delivery *
  Melvyl 5-10 day delivery **
  WorldCat 5-10 day delivery **

* Books will be delivered to Library for pickup.

** Find a book in this databases, and fill-out an Interlibrary Loan delivery request. Book will be delivered to Library for pickup.


Useful Subject Terms in the Library Catalog

  • Mathematics -- Study and teaching -- United States
  • Algebra Remedial Teaching  
  • Geometrical drawing
  • Math Anxiety  
  • Useful Call number

    The entire "L" call number group is dedicated to the field of Education. Check the books in the "L" section of any academic library to see their collection of education-related books! Likewise Mathematics is in the "QA" call number group.

    Useful Genres for finding materials and manipulatives to help you teach!

  • Teaching Guides
  • Instructional Materials
  • Video Recordings
  • top


    Journal Articles and Documents

    A national information system funded by the U.S. Department of Education provides access to both journal articles and documents such as reports, lesson plans and other information on education-related issues.  ERIC has 2 types of information:

    • EJ = Articles: find full text by clicking on the SFX symbol.  Check SFX for Availability  If the library doesn't have it you can order it through Interlibrary Loan ( 5-10 days delivery).

    • ED = Documents: find full text in the library by looking for the ED number in the microfiche cabinets. Or you can use EDRS.
    Research Tip: Searching ERIC


    ERIC Document Reproduction Service (EDRS) provides the last 5 years of ERIC in full text.

    ** a free version of ERIC is available at the Educator's Reference Desk. Once there, use the link on the left to begin your search.

    Also Useful

    Academic Search Premier (also known as EBSCOHost!!!)
    Full-text. A large, multi-disciplinary database offering full text for nearly 1,850 scholarly journals, including more than 1,250 peer-reviewed titles.

    Wiley Interscience (maybe not as useful)
    Access to abstracts and full text for about 300 mainly science related journals. It includes life sciences, chemistry, physics, mathematics, psychology, earth sciences, and business among others.
    Coverage: 1996→current




    On the Web

    1. Numerous websites provide gateways to excellent science materials specifically for teachers.


    2. Professional organizations also have wonderful sites full of teaching ideas. Below are just a few good ones.



    Citing Your Sources

    As you write your paper, you'll need to cite passages and ideas from the sources you've found.  In order to cite your resources properly, you need to follow the style guide used by educators.

    Book Cover APA: Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. 5th ed. Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, 2001.