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NICI Virtual Library
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part of the Education Reform Networks

About the Library

Our digital library is a network of resources that operates similarly to your local library. Instead of offering a physical collection of resources, our digital library offers a virtual collection. The contents of our library include a compilation of journal articles, books, and other types of publications whose subjects are relevant to the study and practice of creating culturally responsive educational systems. The library is set up so that you can browse through it or search the catalog for more specific topics using keywords such as multicultural education or academic achievement.

Additionally, our library has several unique features, including one which allows us to customize a collection for you using your previous selections as a guide and another where you can contribute resource suggestions. We have taken the time to carefully catalog each resource so that you can find the information you are looking for with ease and hope you enjoy your virtual library experience with us at NCCRESt!


The browse function allows you to peruse through our library. When you click on the word browse, the screen remains the same. In order to browse through our library, click on one of the many words on the graphic such as people, practices, or policies. You can narrow your search even further by choosing one of the sub-categories such as, students, school, or diversity. Clicking on one of these topics will enable you to view the resources we have put together that correspond to the topic of your choice. Under each topic there are several resources abstracted for your convenience.

Search Catalog

In order to conduct a more specific search, click on the search catalog icon. This will take you to a screen where you can choose to either perform a quick search using keywords/phrases or an advanced search using one of our specified criteria. Under the advanced search option, you can choose a specific educational type, beneficiary, subject, resource type, or NCCRESt topic. You can pick from one or all of our search criteria to find the information for which you are looking. Once you are happy with your choices, click the submit button to view the resources that match your request.

About Resources

The resources in our library come from a variety of sources including journal articles, books, and other types of publications. Each of them has been chosen for inclusion due to their relevance in supporting culturally responsive educational systems. The following tutorial includes a brief explanation of what you will find when clicking on a resource and how you can obtain that material.

When you click on resource that you wish to view, you are taken to a screen which contains all of the information you need to locate it. In bold, you will see the title of the resource. Underneath the title, you will find information about the resource, such as the author/creator, date published, journal/secondary title, number, volume, and year that it was published. Additionally, you will find a map of exactly where the resource is cataloged in our library. The last piece of information you will see is at the bottom of the screen. If you would like to view other resources like the one you just examined, click on the find similar icon and we will provide them for you!

Some of the resources that we have in the library have direct links to the articles, while others do not. When resources have links, you will find them directly under the title.

For those that do not, here are a few databases where you can find specific resources:

Other ways to locate specific articles include visiting your local library or using online databases provided by higher institutions when available.

My Collection

My collection is a section that enables us to tailor a list of resources specific to your needs. You must register to use this section. Registration is quick and easy and costs nothing. It is also completely confidential- your contact information will not be released to anyone without your permission. As our Library is affiliated with the Education Reform Networks, the National Institute for Urban School Improvement, and the National Institute for Urban School Improvement-LeadScape , registration for one network also grants you access to these other libraries within their websites. If you have forgotten your password, there is a password recovery form, which will email your password to the address you used to register.

If you visit this page immediately after registering, you will find a message prompting you to search the library, using either the browse or search catalog functions. As you search for resources relevant to your needs, the system pays attention to what interests you. After looking through the network for a bit, you may return to my collection to find a list of resources. This list has been selected by the system based on your previous selections. The more time you spend in the library, the more useful this list becomes to you, as the portal learns what topics are of greatest interest to you based on your searches over time.


This section allows you to take part in the ongoing development of the library. You must register to contribute. We are continually adding resources to the library and would love to hear about others for which we may not be aware. If you've discovered resources that you think other library users would find useful, you can let us know by clicking on contribute. There are three options for contributing to our library, suggest an internet resource, suggest a non-internet resource, and suggest a service provider. To contribute, choose the option that pertains to your suggestion and fill out the appropriate form requested. Additionally, if you are working in the field and have produced documents or other resources that you'd like to publish in our library, you can upload the file by following the link to suggest a non-internet resource. All submissions are reviewed by our editors for approval before they are added to the library.

More information

David Gibson is the chief editor for this library, and should be contacted for information regarding its contents. For information about the team that developed the Education Reform Networks, see the credits page.


The help function allows you to refer back to this page whenever you need assistance. Enjoy!