This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for Professor Katie Conway's Spring 2021 course ORL 5521, Introduction to Research Methods in Education. The resources, primarily electronic but also some in print, have been selected to support the objectives of the course, i.e., "to help students be able to access comprehend, synthesize, and utilize research, to support and facilitate the research efforts of others, and to begin to prepare to conduct their own research." This guide also includes a section describing research consultation and assistance services and options for document retrieval and delivery available to all members of the Teachers College community.
Resources designated (CU) are accessible online through Columbia University Libraries.
EDUCAT - The most definitive record of the holdings of the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College, including books, e-books, journals, e-journals, dissertations, media, and other specialized collections of all kinds.
CLIO Catalog - A union catalog of Columbia University Libraries (exclusive of the libraries of Teachers College, the Columbia Law School, and Jewish Theological Seminary), providing the most definitive record of individual libraries' holdings of books, e-books, journals, e-journals, dissertations, media, and other specialized collections of all kinds.
WorldCat - A union catalog of the contents of over 10,000 libraries worldwide, providing the means to do exhaustive searching by author, title, subject, and numerous other criteria and to find locations for specific items in libraries nearby and elsewhere. WorldCat is also freely accessible on the Web at worldcat.org.
Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) are the official subject terms prescribed by the Library of Congress for the cataloging of books and are in use in essentially all academic libraries. To find works pertaining to the research methods in education and related topics, it may be useful to use some of the subject terms listed below when searching the online catalogs of libraries at Teachers College, Columbia University, and other institutions.
- Action research in education
- Education -- Research
- Education -- Research -- Methodology
- Education, Higher -- Research
- Ethnology [use for Ethnography]
- Ethnology -- Research
- Ethnology -- Research -- Methodology
- Qualitative research
- Research -- Methodology
- Social sciences -- Methodology
- Social sciences -- Research
- Social sciences -- Research -- Methodology
For an overview of the call number system used in our library and many other academic libraries, see the Library of Congress Classification Outline page.
ERIC - Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide extensive access to educational-related periodical literature, ERIC (which stands for Educational Resources Information Center) provides coverage of conferences, meetings, government documents, theses, dissertations, reports, audiovisual media, bibliographies, directories, books, and monographs. In addition to this version, made available via the ProQuest platform, ERIC is also accessible via the U.S. government ERIC site and through Ebsco ERIC.
Education Full Text - Provides comprehensive coverage of an international range of English-language periodicals, monographs, and yearbooks. Indexing coverage begins June 1983; abstracts are included beginning spring 1994; full text of some journals is available beginning in January 1996.
Education Index Retrospective - Provides cover-to-cover indexing for an international range of English-language periodicals and yearbooks; coverage from 1929 through mid-1983.
Education Research Complete - Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 2,100 journals, as well as full text for more than 1,200 journals, and includes full text for nearly 500 books and monographs.
Professional Development Collection - Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high-quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. The database also contains more than 200 educational reports.
Related Humanities and Social Science Databases
Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective (CU) - Provides coverage of journal articles in the humanities and social sciences from 1907 through 1984.
Humanities Full Text (CU) - Indexes, abstracts and delivers the full text of feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction, drama, and poetry, book reviews, and reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, plays, radio and television programs.
Humanities Index (formerly BHI, British Humanities Index) (CU) - indexes over 320 international humanities journals and weekly magazines published in the UK and other English speaking countries, as well as quality newspapers published in the UK. Topics include architecture, archaeology, art, antiques, education, economics, foreign affairs, environment, cinema, current affairs, gender studies, history, language, law, linguistics, literature, music, painting, philosophy, poetry, political science, religion, and theatre.
Academic Search Premier - A multidisciplinary database providing full text for more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals. See also Academic Search Complete (CU), a scholarly, multidisciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887.
JSTOR (CU) - An online archive of over 1,200 leading scholarly journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and include previous and related titles.
Periodicals Archive Online (CU) - Archive of hundreds of digitized journals published in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
ProQuest (CU) - Provides broad multidisciplinary coverage of scholarly journals, newspapers, dissertations, and other types of publications; for international coverage and access to full texts of dissertations only, search ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global, a subset of ProQuest.
Federated Search Engines
Super Search (via Gottesman Libraries) - To search some or all of our periodical indexes and EDUCAT simultaneously for books, journal articles, reports, dissertations, etc.
Quicksearch (via Columbia University Libraries) - To search the catalog, multiple periodical indexes, and other web resources simultaneously within a variety of subjects and disciplinary subcategories.
Google Scholar - Provides the means to search for scholarly research across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other web sites.
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
Encyclopedia of Educational Research, 6th Edition (1992)
Encyclopedia of Education (2nd Edition) - The 2003 version of the classic resource in education and related fields.
International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (CU) - This key reference work comprises 4,000 articles, commissioned by 52 Section Editors, and includes 90,000 bibliographic references as well as comprehensive name and subject indexes.
Alexander Street Press Databases (CU) - Themed collections of print documents, video, and recorded sound across disciplines; notable databases include Alexander Street Literature (cross-searchable collections covering the literatures of place, race, and gender), American Film Scripts Online (a searchable full-text database of screenplays and shooting scripts), Dance in Video (streaming video files of dance productions and documentaries by influential performers and companies of the 20th century), North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories (personal views of what it meant to immigrate to the United States and Canada between 1880 and 1950), Opera in Video (streaming video database containing important opera performances), Theatre in Video (containing performances of the world's leading plays and film documentaries in streaming video), and many others.
Oxford Scholarship Online (CU) - Provides the full text of classic and newly published Oxford University Press books in economics and finance, law, political science, and other disciplines.
Handbooks of Research
Handbook of Research on Teaching, 5th Edition (2016) (see also e-version below)
International Handbook of School Effectiveness Research (2000) (see also e-version below)
SAGE Handbook for Research in Education: Engaging Ideas and Enriching Inquiry (2006) (see also e-version below)
SAGE Handbook for Research in Education: Pursuing Ideas as the Keystone of Exemplary Inquiry, 2nd Edition (2011) (see also e-version below)
Handbook of Research on Learning and Instruction - This 2011 compendium is divided into two sections (Learning and Instruction): "The learning section consists of chapters on how people learn in reading, writing, mathematics, science, history, second languages, and physical education, as well as learning to think critically, learning to self-monitor, and learning with motivation. The instruction section consists of chapters on effective instructional methods – feedback, examples, self-explanation, peer interaction, cooperative learning, inquiry, discussion, tutoring, visualizations, and computer simulations. Each chapter reviews empirical research in a specific domain."
International Handbook of School Effectiveness Research - The focus of this 2007 work is "a review of the development, implementation and practice of the disciplines of school effectiveness and school improvement." Divided into seven key sections, focusing on: the history of the school effectiveness and improvement movement over the past 25 years; changes in Accountability and Standards emerging from school effectiveness and improvement research; leadership and school effectiveness and improvement; changes in teacher education and curriculum development based on school effectiveness and improvement research; diverse populations and their impact on school effectiveness and improvement; funding education and its impact on school effectiveness and improvement; and best practice case studies of school effectiveness and improvement.
Handbook of Research on Teaching - Published in 2016 and comprising 23 chapters, "this volume offers a vast array of topics ranging from the history of teaching to technological and literacy issues. In each authoritative chapter, the authors summarize the state of the field while providing conceptual overviews of critical topics related to research on teaching"
SAGE Handbook for Research in Education: Engaging Ideas and Enriching Inquiry (CU) - The preface to this 2006 resource states, "One would think that by now, having been challenged by the students' plight for so long, we should be able to provide students with accumulated exemplary instances of good research, with illustrations of how fruitful and interesting questions are posed and how the pursuit of answers to these questions has led to the generation or extension of theories and to curricular improvements. This Handbook represents our attempt to address these challenges by providing students, faculty, and educational practitioners with a collection of essays written by scholars who have consistently demonstrated intellectual strength and curiosity in wrestling with the formidable challenges of framing and conducting meaningful inquiry.
SAGE Handbook for Research in Education: Pursuing Ideas as the Keystone of Exemplary Inquiry (CU) - "To encourage and inspire educational researchers to pursue meaningful inquiry, this  handbook is intended to stimulate and encourage educational researchers to place the pursuit of ideas at the epicenter of their research—from framing meaningful problems to identifying and addressing key challenges to the reporting and dissemination of their findings."
SAGE Handbook of Educational Action Research (CU) - This 2009 work is comprised of 41 chapters by scholars in the field and is divided into four sections: (1) Action research methodology: diversity of rationales and practices; (2) Professional: Knowledge production, staff development, and the status of educators; (3) Personal: Self-awareness, development and identity; and (4) Political: Popular knowledge, difference, and frameworks for change.
Second International Handbook of Educational Change (CU) - The updated (2009) handbook "remains connected to the classical concerns of the field, such as educational innovation, reform, and change management, and also offers new insights into educational change that have been brought about by social change and shifting contexts of educational reform."
21st Century Education: A Reference Handbook (CU) - This SAGE handbook "offers 100 chapters written by leading experts in the field that highlight the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates facing educators today."
For a useful collection of additional research handbooks, search CLIO in All Fields (the default search option) by springer international handbooks of education.
Reviews of Research
Annual Reviews (CU) - Reviews of topics in social sciences and other disciplines published as annual journals; see series for Economics, Law and Social Science, Political Science, and others.
Review of Educational Research - A publication of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the RER publishes quarterly critical, integrative reviews of research literature bearing on education, including conceptualizations, interpretations, and syntheses of scholarly work.
Review of Research in Education - A publication of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the RRE provides an annual overview and descriptive analysis of selected topics of relevant research literature through critical and synthesizing essays.
Google Scholar - Provides the means to search by author or publication title, and indicates and provides links to works that have cited the documents retrieved.
Scopus (CU) - Abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze, and visualize research.
Web of Science (CU) - Comprising the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Science Citation Index Expanded, this database supports searching by topic, author, or publication name, and is also a major means for doing cited reference searching, to find articles that cite a person's work.
Academic Commons - Columbia University's online repository, where current faculty, students, and staff can deposit the results of their scholarly work and research.
Internet Archive - A non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies, and music, as well as 150 billion archived web pages.
PocketKnowledge - The social archive of Teachers College, including unpublished manuscripts and archives from the library's collections, documents from other departments and administrative offices College-wide, and the work of TC students, faculty, and researchers.
Bibliography and Citation Management Programs
Ask a Librarian - Explore a variety of kinds of research support: submit an email reference query to librarians; request a research consultation with a Gottesman librarian; review frequently asked questions via the library's Knowledge Database.
Course Reserves - E-Reserves provides online access to digital course readings, including e-journal articles and book chapters, as well as call numbers for physical course reserves materials (books, DVDs, videos, etc.). More information about E-Reserves and physical Course Reserves can be found on the Course Reserves page.
Requesting New Materials - Teachers College students, faculty, and staff may use the materials request form to request library materials not owned by Gottesman Libraries, or the Columbia Morningside Campus Libraries.
Workshops - The Gottesman Libraries' education program offers a calendar of workshops on citation management, research techniques, and academic writing processes. Visit the Events page on the library’s website to learn about and RSVP to upcoming workshops.