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College of Education

B & E Building

There are few higher callings than that of teacher. Our team of seasoned educators will equip you to serve students in any educational setting while strengthening your faith as the firm foundation for your career. Florida’s teachers association annually recognizes one of SEU’s senior education graduates as one of the top student teachers in the state, and our graduate programs produce qualified administrators and teachers who are shaping the future of our schools.

College of Education Website

LC Classifications for Education

The following Library of Congress classifications may be useful when browsing the shelves at Steelman Library for additional materials on education. The majority of the 'L's are on the second floor. Additional materials (such as government documents, micromaterials, media, and reference books) may be found on the first (main) floor.

  • L — Education (General)
  • LA — History of Education
  • LB — Theory and Practice of Education
  • LC — Special Aspects of Education
  • LD — Individual Institutions: United States

Interlibrary Loan

When you can't access an article or book, remember to request it from ILL at no cost.

Click this icon in a database, or use the Request Library Materials link below.

Request Library Materials Form
Request (books, chapters, journal articles)
Contact ILL at

  • You can request books and articles not available at SEU or other local libraries through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Articles will be emailed to you whenever possible.
  • Books will be mailed with pre-paid postage return packaging, if you are an online student.
  • Use links from resources to make requests, or use the Interlibrary Loan Request Form.

Christian Education Resources

Education Books

ERIC - Scholarly Journal Articles

Databases for Education Studies

  • To search more specific "education" resources, within Ebsco, click "Choose Databases" located above the search box. Click the "education" check box. You might also want to check "PsychInfo" and "PsychArticles."
  • Education Resources Information Center (1966 - Present) - U.S. Department of Education
  • Archive Database usually five years old including Scholarly, full-text periodicals in the Arts and Sciences.
  • Collection of nearly 520 high-quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles.
  • Full text of articles in behavioral science, education, nursing, business, neuroscience.
  • Abstracts of scholarly articles and dissertations in behavioral science and mental health.
  • More Education Databases

Database Tutorials

Faith Integration

Education Videos

Annenberg Media has free streaming videos—requires sign up. Excellent content for professional development. According to their website:

"Annenberg Media's multimedia resources help teachers increase their expertise in their fields and assist them in improving their teaching methods. Many programs are also intended for students in the classroom and viewers at home. All Annenberg Media videos exemplify excellent teaching." Resources are divided into six broad disciplines and are browseable by grade.

Off-Campus Login Screen

Login Screen

Enter your MyFIRE login and password to continue. 

If you have problems, call the Main Library at 863-667-5089

Online and Extension Students

Borrowing Policies

  • Steelman items can be mailed to distance students' homes.
    (Loans are one month and include return postage).
  • Articles, book chapters can be scanned and emailed.
  • Send an email to with your student ID number, the program you are in, and the title, author, etc. of the book that you are requesting.
  • ILL can request articles from other libraries for all students. (Not whole books).

Tutorial on how to request Steelman books for Distance students 

Resources for Instructors

EBSCO Login Error


If you see this EBSCO page, go back to the Steelman Library Databases and start again. This screen appears when connecting directly to EBSCO from Google or a direct link from off-campus, if that link is not coded correctly.

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Visit our Library Faculty & Staff Contact page

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Getting Started

Using the Databases - Journals

Using the Databases - eBooks

Citing Your Research

How to Use the Library

Finding Journal Articles

Article & Journal Searching

To find articles published in periodicals (magazines, newspapers, journals, etc.), you will need to use a database. Databases can be multi-disciplinary (EBSCO, Proquest) or subject specific (ERIC, PSYCInfo). They can be searched in numerous ways: by author, title of the article or periodical, by keyword, or subject.

How to Select a Database

Click the "Library Databases" link below. You will find descriptions of database contents printed next to the database link.

Full-Text Available or Citation/Abstract Only?

If you need to be able to read the article immediately, be sure to click the "Full Text Only" box near the search box.

Locating a Known Article

If you are looking for a known article (you already have the citation from a reference book, bibliography, another article, etc.), try:

  • Use the A-to-Z Journal List link below - Search by journal title to see if a particular journal is fulltext and to be directed to that full text content
  • Search the library catalog by journal title to find out if a particular journal title (magazine, journal, newspaper, etc.) is available in print. Print periodicals are arranged alphabetically by title on the 1st floor of the library. Older issues can be found on the 2nd Floor.
  • Do a search on the web. Although most journal articles are not available for free, sometimes you may find what you are looking for.
  • If you cannot locate the full-text in print or electronic format, you may request the item using the library's interlibrary loan service.


General Databases to Start Research

  • Scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text databases accessed in one search.
  • The accepted authority on English language meaning, history, and pronunciation.
  • General index of articles on nearly every topic.
  • A comprehensive database portal which is comprised of several distinct reference databases covering social, scientific, health, historic, business, economic, political and global issues.

Interlibrary Loan

When you can't access an article or book, remember to request it from ILL at no cost.

Click this icon in a database, or use the Request Library Materials link below.

Request Library Materials Form
Request (books, chapters, journal articles)
Contact ILL at

  • You can request books and articles not available at SEU or other local libraries through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Articles will be emailed to you whenever possible.
  • Books will be mailed with pre-paid postage return packaging, if you are an online student.
  • Use links from resources to make requests, or use the Interlibrary Loan Request Form.

Worldcat eBook Search


eBook Resources

  • over 5 million items online EBL. 
  • Books can be read online or downloaded (Adobe Digital Editions required for download).
  • A collection of 80 full-text business books to read, print, and download.
  • Hundreds of free PDF Christian ebooks. Search box is at the bottom of the page.
  • Provides preservation and access services for public domain and in-copyright content from a variety of sources. Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives. Open Access
  • Hundreds of free open access audio books.
  • From the University of Pennsylvania. Offers 35,000 titles including women writers, banned books and foreign language.
  • 30,000 public domain ebooks with free open access
  • Online database that includes the complete content of Critical Insights, Critical Survey of Long Fiction and Critical Survey of Poetry, Magill's Literary Annual and Masterplots.
  • Collection of approximately 1,200 primary works features original books, maps, photographs, and various other materials provided by 27 institutions around the world.
  • Many digital collections worldwide.

Adobe Digital Editions on Your Computer

Adobe Digital Editions Adobe Digital Editions

Read ebooks on your computer w/o Internet

  1. First create an Adobe ID
  2. Download and install Digital Editions Download
  3. Enter your Adobe ID
  4. Create an EBSCO ID.
  5. Search for ebooks from EBSCO, download and read them on your computer.
  6. ebooks will automatically delete when the checkout expires.

To Download or Not

Should I read online or download?

Click and read online, easy.

If you want to download...

  1. Create free Ebsco or ProQuest account
  2. Create free Adobe account
  3. Download and install Digital Editions
  4. Authorize Digital Editions
  5. Download your ebook

EBSCO eBooks

Read online, or:

  1. Create an EBSCO ID
  2. Install Adobe Digital Editions
  3. Download ebook
  4. Select 7 or 14 loan based on publisher availability
  5. Select PDF or EPUB
    (​Computer will only get PDF)
    (Your phone will only get EPUB)

EBSCO checkout


To find help with writing citation styles:

  1. Click the tabs above
  2. Online Writing Lab (OWL)
  3. Ask a Librarian
  4. Academic Center for Enrichment (ACE) 863-667-5137

Check with your professor or in your syllabus to see which style your paper should be formatted in.

Research Papers

"The purpose of a research paper is to synthesize previous research and scholarship with your ideas on the subject. Therefore, you should feel free to use other persons' words, facts, and thoughts in your research paper, but the material you borrow must not be presented as if it were your own creation."

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th Edition. New York: MLA. 55. Print.

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There are quite a few different ways to cite resources in your paper. The citation style usually depends on the academic discipline involved. For example:

Check with your professor to make sure you use the required style. And whatever style you choose, BE CONSISTENT!

Microsoft Word

Office 365

Zotero works best with Microsoft Word and SEU students can get Office 365 at no cost.

Zotero-Citation Management

It is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources.

Zotero works with Microsoft Word to create your bibliography for you.

MLA 9 Style

MLA Guiding Principles

MLA 9: What's new in the Ninth Edition?

Discover style changes from the 8th edition.

MLA Handbook 9th Edition

MLA style is…

[a system of] common sense guidelines aimed at helping writers at various levels conduct research and provide their audiences with useful information about their sources.

These principles:

MLA Handbook. Eighth ed., Modern Language Assn., 2016.

  • "Cite simple traits shared by most works...
  • Remember that there is often more than one correct way to document a source...
  • Make your documentation useful to readers" (3-4).

Works Cited Quick Guide

MLA 9 Works Cited Quick Guide

List each element relevant to your source in the order shown on the template.

Omit any element that does not apply.

Important/Helpful Links

Zotero for MLA Edition 9

In order to use Zotero most efficiently with MLA 9th Edition, please check the following links to download the appropriate software.

Additional Citation Information

Help Finding DOI

If you are citing an article from a scholarly journal and there is no DOI listed, you may click the link below and follow the directions to attempt to find a DOI.

DOI search

Add in front of your DOI and it should become a hotlink to the article you are citing if you have the correct DOI.


APA 7 Manual

APA Templates

AMA Blog and Twitter

Get the lastest updates on AMA Style. Follow @AMAManual on Twitter for daily tips and links or check out the blog.

AMA & Zotero Video

American Medical Association Style Example

The AMA style is radically different from APA. The in-text citations are superscript numbers and the References appear in order with the superscript numbers. Example paragraph with in-text citations. Note references don't have hanging indents and are in the order cited, not alphabetical order by authors last name.

Clinical trials are critical to advancing oncology care and their success is dependent on enrollment. In the United States, only 2–4% of newly diagnosed adult cancer patients participate in clinical trials.1 Manual screening for patient eligibility is expensive and inefficient.2 Automated systems to increase accrual to clinical trials are needed.

Clinical research informatics tools may improve the efficiency of identifying patients for clinical trials.3–5


  1. Lara PN Jr., Higdon R, Lim N, et al. Prospective evaluation of cancer clinical trial accrual patterns: identifying potential barriers to enrollment. J Clin Oncol. 2001;19(6):1728–1733.
  2. Penberthy LT, Dahman BA, Petkov VI, DeShazo JP. Effort required in eligibility screening for clinical trials. J Oncol Practice. 2012;8(6):365–370.
  3. Miotto R, Weng C. Case-based reasoning using electronic health records efficiently identifies eligible patients for clinical trials. JAMIA. 2015;22(e1): e141–e150.
  4. Ni Y, Wright J, Perentesis J, et al. Increasing the efficiency of trial-patient matching: automated clinical trial eligibility pre-screening for pediatric oncology patients. BMC Med Inform Dec Mak. 2015;15:28.
  5. Seroussi B, Bouaud J. Using OncoDoc as a computer-based eligibility screening system to improve accrual onto breast cancer clinical trials. Artificial Intel Med. 2003;29(1-2):153–167.

Notice the source superscript 3–5 refers to references 3, 4, and 5. Example taken from: Eubank MH, Hyman DM, Kanakamedala AD, Gardos SM, Wills JM, Stetson PD. Automated eligibility screening and monitoring for genotype-driven precision oncology trials. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. March 2016.

Example AMA Paper

Adding AMA Styles to Zotero

AMA that comes with Zotero may not match the version used by our professors. AMA with no URL may be the better style to add to your library.

Turabian that comes with Zotero may not be the version used by our professors. Turabian 8th Edition may be a better starting point.

Turabian Style 9th

Additional information on Chicago/Turabian style may be found at the websites below.  Please be aware that websites may refer to Author-Date or In-Text styles that are used by some colleges/departments, but the notes (usually footnotes) and bibliography styles are used in most situations at Southeastern:

Zotero, Turabian, & Word in 3 Minutes

Turabian Documents

Cover Art

How to Cite Music Sources

The Western Libraries of the University of Western Ontario have provided an excellent guide for citing music sources in essays and bibliographies.

Citing Music Sources 

Citing Government Sources

SEU Definition of Plagiarism

Plagiarism occurs when a writer uses someone else’s language, ideas, or other original material without acknowledg­ing its source. Plagiarism includes unattributed use of any source, in any medium, published or unpublished. Work already submitted for a grade in another course may not be resubmitted unless the professor specifically states otherwise.

Examples of Plagiarism

  • Quoting or paraphrasing material without attributing it to its source
  • Copying segments from the work of others without giving proper credit
  • Submitting as original work written entirely by someone else

Plagiarism Video

Tips to Avoid Plagiarism

Some easy steps you can take to make sure you aren't plagiarizing:

  1. When in doubt, cite!
  2. Ask a peer or the Writing Center to proof your paper.
  3. Make sure you are familiar with the citation style for your class.
  4. Don't copy or paraphrase, hide the original and use your own words.
  5. Remember, at SEU, plagiarism is a serious offense. See the Academic Integrity Policy below.

Faith Integration

State Sites

National Education Gateways

State Education Systems - Florida

K-12 Education

Higher Education Resources

Internet Sites - Federal and State Systems

Federal Education Programs

US Government Publications

US Education Data

Citing Government Sources

What's New at the National Center for Education Statistics

Resources for Education Data and Statistics

Database Error

Off campus users may experience a loading issue when using the Article Search box or specific databases. Please use an Incognito Browser while the issue is being fixed.