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Early Childhood Education

A guide to resources for early childhood education.

Finding Articles

The best way to find articles would be to use the Discover@UMSL search tool, which can be found on the library's homepage. Discover brings up many different results from all of our various databases, but not everything. If you would like search on a more specific topic, consider searching directly in one of our subject-specific databases.


Break down your search into concepts. Develop a list of synonyms.

EXAMPLE: "early childhood" AND education

Other terms for early childhood could be preschool, kindergarten, or "young children."
Combining different terms gives you different terms.


Clearly define your search statement. Trouble spots to look out for:

Too Broad - EXAMPLE: children

  • Solution: Add another concept to your topic which will narrow your search and make it more focused.
    EXAMPLE: children AND "special needs"

Too Narrow - EXAMPLE: children AND "special needs" AND autism

[NOTE: To search a phrase use quotes]

  • Solution: Remove one secondary concept from your search string.
    EXAMPLE: children AND "special needs" AND autism

Keyword & Subject Suggestions

  • Early Childhood
    • Child development
    • Preschool
    • Children
    • Youth
    • Elementary
    • Elementary school students
  • Education
    • Elementary education
    • Educational research
    • Educational psychology


Suggested Journals