A major component of what separates the wheat from the chaff in this industry is the library of resources used by the credential evaluator. Among the criteria for membership in the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) is the maintenance of an extensive library of resources. These resources contain information about the educational systems of various countries, international degrees issued by foreign educational institutions, and the legitimacy of various educational institutions, so that the evaluator can determine degree equivalents of these international degrees in the United States. The various acronyms listed here refer to organizations that produce such materials, such as AACRAO, ECE and NAFSA. A Google search will provide the full name of those organizations.
Following is an edited list of resources that are recommended by NACES:
International Handbook of Universities
Commonwealth Universities Yearbook
World of Learning
International Higher Education Database
Other Multi-country Resources
Country-specific Resources and Country Studies
ECE, NUFFIC and IERF publications
Other Country-Specific Resources
International Education Series
Country Guide Series
International Education Series: Full Country Studies
International Education Series: Workshop Reports
International Education Series: Special Reports
International Education Series: Working Papers
PIER publications (Projects in International Education Research)
U.S. Office of Education Placement Guides
Universities Handbook, Association of Indian Universities
Country Education Profiles of the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition in association with
International Development Program of Australian Universities and Colleges.
Indexes, Bibliographies, Current Awareness Services, Databases excluding World Higher Education Database (listed above separately), and Newsletters such as those of ECE and World Education Series.