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Sep 23 2021 - 07:00 PM
Library Resources and Services for MSTM 6037, Professional Seminar in Mathematics Education

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in Professor Alexander Karp’s Fall 2021 course MSTM 6037, Professional Seminar in Mathematics Education. The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected as ones supporting research in the topical areas the courses in the program encompass. The 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.

Library Resources

Discovery Tools/Federated Search Engines

Educat+ (via Gottesman Libraries) - To search the library's holdings of books and media, journal articles, curricula, children's literature, course reserves materials, and more.

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.

Online Catalogs

The most definitive record of the holdings of the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College (formerly accessible through our online catalog EDUCAT), including books, e-books, journals, e-journals, dissertations, media, and other specialized collections of all kinds, is to be found through a search of the library's new discovery system Educat+ (see under Federated Search Engines below).

CLIO Catalog - The 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 - The 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

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 mathematics education and related subjects, it may be useful to use some of the subject terms, or combinations of terms, listed below when searching the online catalogs of libraries at Teachers College, Columbia University, and other institutions.

  • Mathematicians [QA28-QA29]
  • Mathematics [QA]
  • Mathematics -- Data processing [QA76.95]
  • Mathematics -- Digital libraries
  • Mathematics -- Formulae [QA41]
  • Mathematics -- Historiography
  • Mathematics -- Philosophy [QA8-QA10.4]
  • Mathematics -- Research
  • Mathematics -- Study and teaching
  • Mathematics -- Study and teaching -- Psychological aspects
  • Mathematics -- Study and teaching (Elementary)
  • Mathematics -- Study and teaching (Higher)
  • Mathematics -- Study and teaching (Primary)
  • Mathematics -- Study and teaching (Secondary)
  • Mathematics teachers
  • Mathematics teachers -- Training of
  • Mathematics teachers -- United States

Related terms:

  • Math anxiety
  • Mathematical ability
  • Mathematical ability in children
  • Mathematical constants
  • Mathematical fluency
  • Mathematical instruments [QA71-QA85]
  • Mathematical readiness
  • Numeracy
  • Statistical literacy

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.

Periodical Indexes

Mathematics Databases

Current Index to Statistics (CU) - "Contains cumulative bibliographic citations to statistical books and articles in more than 1,000 journals, with coverage generally extending back to 1974, earlier in some instances."

LearnTechLib, The Learning and Technology Library (formerly EdITLib - Education & Information Technology Digital Library) - Database of peer-reviewed and published international journal articles and conference papers on the latest research, developments, and applications related to all aspects of educational technology and e-learning.

MathSciNet (CU) - Provides citations, abstracts, and review texts of research literature in mathematics fields, including algebra, geometry, calculus, number theory, numerical analysis, and topology.

Project Euclid (CU) - This databases is "a joint effort by Cornell University Library and Duke University Press . . . [its] mission is to advance scholarly communication in the field of theoretical and applied mathematics and statistics. Project Euclid is designed to address the unique needs of low-cost independent and society journals."

Zentralblatt MATH Database (CU) - "Provides comprehensive coverage of the international mathematical research published in journals and serials from 1826 to the present."

Education Databases

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.

Multidisciplinary Databases

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. The most recently published issues (the past 3-5 years) are generally not available through JSTOR, though they usually are through other e-sources.

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.


Print Resources

Encyclopedia of Educational Research (1992)

Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education (2001)


Encyclopedia of Education (2nd Edition) - The 2003 version of the classic resource in education and related fields.

Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education (CU) - This 2014 resource covers all aspects of mathematics education through 500+ articles, from short descriptions to in-depth pieces; intended to guide readers through the range of methodologies, perspectives, foci, and cultures of mathematics education.

International Encyclopedia of Statistical Science (CU) - The goals of this 2011 resource include the following: "a) to help reviving Statistics education in many parts in the world where it is in crisis . . . b) to enable any non-statistician to obtain quick and yet comprehensive and highly understandable view on certain statistical term, method or application . . . c) to enable all the researchers, managers and practicioners to refresh their knowledge in Statistics, especially in certain controversial fields . . . [and] d) to revive interest in statistics among students, since they will see its usefulness and relevance in almost all branches of Science."


AMS Books Online (CU) - E-books published by the American Mathematical Society in the fields of algebra and algebraic geometry, analysis, applications, differential equations, general interest, geometry and topology, logic and foundations, mathematical physics, number theory, and probability.

Ebook Central - Online books across a range of subject areas; searchable, under Browse Subjects, by Education, Mathematics (under Science & Technology, etc. and various sub-topics, and by author, title, and other criteria.

Science Direct (CU) - "Web database for scientific research that contains abstracts, tables of contents, and full text of articles in the sciences, technology, medicine and social sciences."

Handbooks of Research

Print Resources

Handbook of International Research in Mathematics Education (1st Ed., 2002)

Handbook of International Research in Mathematics Education (2nd Ed., 2008)

Handbook of International Research in Mathematics Education (3rd Ed., 2015)

Handbook of Research on Mathematics Teaching and Learning (1992)

Handbook of Research on the Psychology of Mathematics Education: Past, Present and Future (2006)

International Handbook of Mathematics Education (1996)

Second Handbook of Research on Mathematics Teaching and Learning (2007) (see also e-version below)


Handbook of Research Design in Mathematics and Science Education (CU) - Offers 32 chapters in seven sections: the need to address priority problems; reflecting on instruments and methods; teaching experiments; classroom-based research; clinical methods; curriculum design as research; and toward assessment design. Chapters cover topics such as standards-based reform, transformative teaching, and technology design.

Handbook on the History of Mathematics Education (CU) - This 2014 work, co-edited by Professor Alexander Karp, presents the history of teaching and learning mathematics over the various epochs and civilizations, cultures, and countries, and aims to reflect the current state of the history of mathematics education, to make more accessible the results of existing research, and to facilitate the further development of this field, drawing attention to what has not yet been studied.

Second Handbook of Research on Mathematics Teaching and Learning - Like its 1992 predecessor a project of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, this 2007 work is comprised of 31 chapters within six parts: Foundations; Teachers and Teaching; Influences on Student Outcomes; Students and Learning; Assessment; and Issues and Perspectives.

Second International Handbook of Mathematics Education (CU) - This 2003 publication intends to update work done in the first (1996) International Handbook; it includes 28 chapters divided into four sections: Policy Dimensions of Mathematics Education Research and Practice; Responses in Mathematics Education to Technological Developments; Issues in Research in Mathematics Education; and Professional Practice in Mathematics Education.

Third International Handbook of Mathematics Education (CU) - The 3rd (2012) edition comprises four sections dealing with social, political, and cultural dimensions in mathematics education; mathematics education as a field of study; technology in the mathematics curriculum; and international perspectives on mathematics education.

The Second Handbook of Research on the Psychology of Mathematics Education: The Journey Continues - Published in 2016 by the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME), this handbook is made of 14 chapters "divided into four main sections: Cognitive aspects of learning and teaching content areas; Cognitive aspects of learning and teaching transverse areas; Social aspects of learning and teaching mathematics; and Professional aspects of teaching mathematics. The selection for each chapter of a team of at least two authors, mostly located in different parts of the world, ensured effective coverage of each field.

Reviews of Research

Annual Reviews (CU) - Reviews of topics in numerous disciplines published as annual journals; see series for Statistics and Its Applications 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.

Citation Indexes

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.

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.

Digital Archives

Academic Commons - Columbia University's online repository, where current faculty, students, and staff can deposit the results of their scholarly work and research.

arXiv - "Open access to 1,620,547 e-prints [and counting] in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering and systems science, and economics."

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

Citation Management Software - An extensive description of and guide to the use of ZoteroMendeley, and EndNote, courtesy of Columbia University Libraries.

Library Services

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.