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About the Library - The EDUCAUSE Library is a repository for information concerning use and management of information technology (IT) in higher education. It aggregates over 24,000 resources submitted by EDUCAUSE,EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR), EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), Higher Education Information Security Council (HEISC), Grant programs and our members. General resources include articles, books, conference sessions, effective practices, multimedia plans, policies, web seminars and blog content.

Content Submitted and CollectedSpecific resources include;


About Our Publications - EDUCAUSE, and its affiliates, publish a number of books, periodicals, monographs reports, white papers and more.

  • EDUCAUSE Quarterly is an online, peer-reviewed, practitioner's journal from EDUCAUSE about managing and using information resources in higher education. EQ is published in an online-only format with multimedia (graphics, live inks, audio, and video) and community-building applications that enhance the magazine’s value. EDUCAUSE Quarterly will no longer be published in its current format after 2011.
  • EDUCAUSE Review is the association's magazine for the higher education IT community. Published bimonthly in print (22,000 distributed copies) and online (over 50,000 visits per month), the magazine takes a broad look at current developments and trends in information technology, how they may affect the college/university as an institution, and what these mean for higher education and society.
  • EDUCAUSE 7 Things You Should Know  series provides quick, no-jargon overviews of emerging technologies and related practices affecting higher education.
  • EDUCAUSE White Papers are overviews of key higher education issues. They provide some basic, but also current, information on the status of particular topic area. 
  • Core Data Service Reports - The EDUCAUSE Core Data Service (CDS) is a benchmarking service used by colleges and universities since 2002 to inform their IT strategic planning and management. Individuals at eligible colleges and universities participate using an online hub in which they contribute and download data and view EDUCAUSE analysis and reports.
  • Information Security Guide is a compendium of information providing guidance on effective approaches to the application of information security at institutions of higher education. It is a key publication of the Higher Education Information Security Council.
  • EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR)
    • Case Studies are Institution-specific or topic-specific reports designed to exemplify important themes, trends, and experiences in the management of information technology investments and activities. Case Studies relate to, and are undertaken as part of, specific ECAR Research Studies.
    • Infographics are Illustrations and graphics relating to ECAR research.
    • Research Bulletins are frequent electronic updates provide an overview of key IT developments and illustrate their impact on higher education. Research Bulletins provide concise, insightful analyses of current topics that may range from products/services to policy.
    • Research Reports reflect substantial research efforts of strategic importance to higher education such as wireless networking, trends in outsourcing and co-sourcing, and pedagogical and support issues associated with e-learning. ECAR will publish four such reports annually.
    • Survey Instruments survey instruments used for ECAR research.


  • EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI)
    • ELI 7 Things You Should Know series provides quick, no-jargon overviews of emerging technologies and related practices that have demonstrated or may demonstrate positive learning impacts.
    • ELI Briefs are short summaries of an institutional case, an example of a teaching and learning issue in practice, a short position paper, or an issue update. 
    • ELI White Papers are overviews of key higher education teaching and learning issues. They provide some basic, but also current, information on the status of particular topic area. 
    • Horizon Report The annual Horizon Report is a collaborative effort between the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative and the New Media Consortium (NMC). Each year, the report identifies six areas of emerging technology likely to have a significant impact on teaching and learning in higher education over the next one, three, and five years. Web links to additional resources and examples are provided for each technology cited.


About the EDUCAUSE Taxonomy

The EDUCAUSE Taxonomy, an expert-created hierarchical categorical listing of over 364 terms, helps you more easily explore topics and find specific documents in the association’s extensive collection of online information resources. The EDUCAUSE Taxonomy is applied to all resource center documents. It is divided into seven categories. Each topic is further broken down into subtopics, some of which include more narrowly focused nested topics.


About the EDUCAUSE Folksonomy

Folksonomy is the practice and method of collaboratively creating and managing tags to annotate and categorize content. Folksonomy is a bottom-up classification system that emerged from social tagging. The EDUCAUSE Folksonomy contains a list of user-contributed terms used to tag content. Term pages in the EDUCAUSE Resource Center Folksonomy are user-contributed and user-tagged.

Recent Topics Tab – The “Recent Topics” tab includes all terms that are used in high frequency, including the option to view just the taxonomy or the folksonomy in the last 3 months, last year and last 3 years.

 Popular Topics Tab – The “Popular Topics” tab trends for the most frequently hit terms in the last 3 months, last year and last 3 years.

All Topics Tab – The “All Topics” tab allows users explore the taxonomy and folksonomy in a numeric – alpha application that will auto populate as you start to type in a word.




EDUCAUSE Topic Resource Pages

 A resource page has been created for each individual taxonomy term. The resource page is an aggregated collection of all resources indexed with that specific term.

All pages have tabs to the following resource types (if that type is part of the collection).  Tabs include; Publications, Presentations, Policies, Podcasts and Blogs

There are four types of pages

  • Aggregated Resources pages - The majority of resource center pages only contain aggregated content and no additional content. (ELearning example). 
  • General Overview Pages – This is a page that includes general information about a topic that is of importance to EDUCAUSE and refers to other EDUCAUSE related activities on that topic. (Cybersecurity Example)
  • Featured Content Pages – This page provides a brief description of the topic and includes updated resources that are pertinent to that topic. (Mobile Computing example)
  • Microsite - A microsite is a detailed explanation of a comprehensive subject. It will include more than one page on this subject matter. (Cloud Computing example)









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Search –

The EDUCAUSE search is located on the top right corner of every EDUCAUSE web page.  Once a search term is posted to the search box, the general results will appear.  To further your search for library material, use the last tab on the top right “Library Search”. See Example below.


Options to narrow your search include the following;


The EDUCAUSE Library Collection Policy

The Library collection includes EDUCAUSE publications, resource pages, conference sessions and resources from other organizations.  The EDUCAUSE Library collection is selected in relation to the needs and interests of the EDUCAUSE member community. EDUCAUSE strives to provide vendor neutral resources.

Archive of EDUCAUSE Content

The EDUCAUSE Resource Center maintains a digital archive of all EDUCAUSE publications that were originally published in an electronic format.

Active Documents

  • All EDUCAUSE documents
  • Non-EDUCAUSE documents – 5 years



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