The National Adult Literacy Database (NALD)
NALD provides information, resources, a library, links to literacy organizations across Canada and links to resources. NALD now also provides information and resources on workplace literacy and Essential Skills through NALD@Work.
NALD's library can be accessed from its home page. The library consists of Research Materials, Learning Materials and Materials Available for Purchase. You can search each collection independently or you can search all collections at once. You can search by author, title or topic. Many materials are in an easy-to-download PDF format. Some documents are also in Microsoft Word. You can preview documents for later printing or purchase.
You can also subscribe to NALD and receive weekly updates by email on new additions to its collection.
Education Resources Information Centre (ERIC)
ERIC provides access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials. Links to full text are included if the text is available online. There are also a number of full text documents in PDF.
Within the ERIC collection, you will find records for:
- journal articles
- research syntheses
- conference papers
- technical reports
- policy papers
- other education-related materials
To search the ERIC collection you can use either the basic or the advanced search option. In both cases, you will need title, author, or ISBN number. You can also search by education type and level.
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL)
While the NCSALL is no longer funded, nonetheless it provides a valuable website for accessing resources. The research publications, Focus on Basics, training and teaching resources, and other materials continue to be available on the NCSALL website.
Focus on Basics is the quarterly publication of the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, dedicated to connecting research with practice. It presents best practices and current research on adult learning and literacy, and identifies how research is used by literacy practitioners. You can read and download copies of Focus on Basics at www.ncsall.net/?id=31.