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Library Resources and Services for - A&HL 4500, Advanced Language Study:  Academic Writing


Library Resources and Services for A&HL 4500, Advanced Language Study: Academic Writing

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for Professor Domenica DelPrete’s Spring 2020 course A&HL 4500, Advanced Language Study: Academic Writing. These e-resources have been selected to support the aim of the course, i.e., to help nonnative speakers of English as well as all graduate students who wish to develop more powerful and precise and academic writing skills, and more generally to reflect the range of research resources available through the Gottesman and Columbia University Libraries. 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.

Online Catalogs


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

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

Library of Congress Subject Headings

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 essentials of English language usage, academic writing, 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.

  • Academic writing
  • Academic writing -- Problems, exercises, etc.
  • English language -- Grammar
  • English language -- Rhetoric
  • English language -- Style
  • English language -- Usage
  • Exposition (Rhetoric) [PE1429 (English)], [PN205 (General)]
  • Persuasion (Rhetoric)
  • Report writing [LB1047.3 (Education)], [LB2369 (Higher education)], [PE1478 (English language)]
  • Report writing -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
  • Research -- Methodology -- Problems, exercises, etc.

The following selected subject headings may help to find works on various subject fields.

For bilingual/bicultural education:

  • Biculturalism
  • Bilingualism [P115-P115.5 (Linguistics)]
  • Education, Bilingual [LC3701-LC3740.4]
  • Multicultural education [LC1099-LC1099.5]

For cognitive science and education:

  • Cognitive learning
  • Cognitive learning theory
  • Cognitive science
  • Learning, Psychology of [BF318-BF319.5 (Psychology)], [LB1060-LB1091 (Educational psychology)]

For economics and education:

  • Education -- Economic aspects [LC65-LC67]
  • Education -- Finance [LB2824-LB2830.5]

For anthropology and education:

  • Anthropological linguistics [P35-P35.5]
  • Educational anthropology

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

Education Databases

ERIC - Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide extensive access to education-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.

Social Science Databases

Anthropology Online (CU) - "Brings together a wide range of written ethnographies, field notes, seminal texts, memoirs, and contemporary studies, covering human behavior the world over. Essential for study in the areas of politics, economics, history, psychology, environmental studies, religion, area studies, linguistics, and geography, the database will contain more than over 100,000 pages of full-text material at completion, including tens of thousands of pages of previously unpublished material from major archives."

Anthropology Plus (CU) - Provides worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, and edited works in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies.

AnthroSource (CU) - Covers current issues of the American Anthropology Association's journals and bulletins, as well as archived issues of all of the AAA' s journals, newsletters, and bulletins.

EconLit (CU) - "EconLit, the American Economic Association's electronic database, contains references to economic literature. Contains citations, abstracts and full text to economic research dating back to 1969. Contains journal articles, books, collective volume articles, dissertations, working papers, and full text book reviews from the Journal of Economic Literature."

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (CU) - A valuable online resource for social science and interdisciplinary research, IBSS includes over two million bibliographic references to journal articles and to books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951, providing broad coverage of international material and incorporating over 100 languages and countries.

APA PsycNET - Single search interface for PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS, and PsycEXTRA; provides access to 100+ journals and 3,500+ books in the fields of psychology and psychiatry.

PsycINFO (CU) - Covers the scholarly literature in the psychological, social, behavioral, and health sciences.

Social Sciences Full Text - Provides coverage of English-language journals across social science disciplines, with indexing from 1983, abstracting from 1984, and select access to full text from 1984 to the present.

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.

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 Engnes

Super Search

Super Search (via Gottesman Libraries) - To search some or all of our periodical indexes, plus EDUCAT and CLIO, simultaneously for books, journal articles, reports, dissertations, etc.

Quicksearch (CLIO)

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

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.


English Language and Bilingual Dictionaries

Cambridge Guide to English Usage

Merriam-Websters Collegiate Dictionary (CU)

Oxford English Dictionary (CU)

Oxford Reference Online (CU)

American Heritage Rogets Thesaurus (CU)


Print Resources

Bilingual/bicultural education:

Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education (2012) (see also electronic version in E-Resources)

Encyclopedia of Multicultural Education (1999)

Cognitive science and education:

Learning and Memory (2003) (see also electronic version in E-Resources)

The MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences (1999)

Economics and education:

International Encyclopedia of Economics of Education (2nd Edition, 1995)

Anthropology and education:

Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology (4 volumes, 1996)


For bilingual/bicultural education:

Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education (2012) - With about 700 signed entries with cross-references and recommended readings, the Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education presents research and statistics, case studies, best practices, policies, and programs relating to diversity in U.S. education at pre- and postsecondary levels.

Encyclopedia of Multicultural Education (CU) - "The encyclopedia consists of more than 400 terms, phrases, concepts, U.S. Supreme Court decisions, significant contributors to the American macroculture from the country’s various racial and/or ethnic backgrounds and key events, and court cases related to multicultural education. Arranged alphabetically, each entry is defined and/or discussed in keeping with its relationship to multicultural education."

For cognitive science and education:

Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science (CU) - Published in 2005, this reference work states that it "captures current thinking about the workings of the mind and brain, focusing on problems that are as old as recorded history, but reflecting new approaches and techniques that have emerged since the 1980s."

Learning and Memory - The second edition of this encyclopedia, published in 2003, "provides an overview of the full range of current knowledge about learning and memory, revised from the 1992 edition. Features new articles and article updates that capture advances in the changing fields of memory, neuroscience, and cognition."

For economics and education:

Encyclopedia of Education Economics and Finance (CU) - This reference work, published in 2014, "contains 300-350 signed entries by significant figures in the field. Entries conclude with cross-references and suggestions for further readings to guide students to in-depth resources. Although organized in A-to-Z fashion, a thematic “Reader's Guide” in the front matter groups related entries by topic. Also in the front matter, a chronology provides students with historical perspective on the development of education economics and finance as a field of study."

For anthropology and education:

International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (CU) - The 2nd (2010) edition "Covers scholarship and fields that have emerged and matured since the publication of the original international edition. Highlights the expanding influence of economics in social science research and features new articles and biographies contributed by scholars from around the world on a wide array of global topics in the social sciences."

Routledge Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology (CU) - This second (2008) edition of the encyclopedia "provides a unique guide to the ideas, arguments and history of the discipline, combining anthropological theory and ethnography."

Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology: An Encyclopedia (CU) - Published in 2013, this resource includes an entry on the ethnography of speaking, along with other articles on linguistic anthropology and related topics.


Entirely Online Materials

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.

Ebook Central - Online books across a range of subject areas; searchable, under Browse Subjects, by Education, Literature & Language, and other topics.

Literature Online (LION) (CU) - Fully searchable library of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, 260 full-text literature journals, and other key criticism and reference resources.

Library of Congress Digital Collections - a gateway to the Library of Congress's collections of digitized American historical materials. The site's mission is to provide " free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience."

National Council of Teachers of English Journals - Journals published by the NCTE with content reflecting current research, trends, and strategies, including Language Arts, English Journal, College English, and Research in the Teaching of English.

SAGE Knowledge (CU) - "A database of ebooks and reference books published by SAGE covering the social sciences and education, including such areas as African American Studies, Aged & Gerontology, Anthropology, Communication and Media Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Gender & Sexuality Studies, History, Politics, Psychology, Social Issues, Social Work & Social Policy, and Sociology."

Handbooks of Research

Print Resources

Bilingual/bicultural education:

Bilingual Education: A Reference Handbook (2002)

Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education (1st Edition, 1995)

Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education (2nd Edition, 2004)

International Handbook of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education (1988)

Cognitive science and education:

The Cambridge Handbook of Cognition and Education (2019) (see also electronic version in E-Resources)

Economics and education:

Handbook of Labor Economics (1999) (see also electronic versions of later volumes in E-Resources)

Handbook of Research in Education Finance and Policy (2007)

Handbook of the Economics of Education (2006) (see also electronic versions of later volumes in E-Resources)

International Handbook on the Economics of Education (2004)

Anthropology and education:

A Companion to the Anthropology of Education (2011)


Bilingual/bicultural education:

The Handbook of Bilingual and Multilingual Education (CU) - Published in 2015, this work describes itself as "the first comprehensive reference work that covers bilingual, multilingual, and multicultural educational policies and practices around the world." It consists of 41 chapters, authored by numerous experts in the field, divided into three sections: Part I, Foundations for Bilingual and Multilingual Education; Part II, Pedagogical Issues and Practices in Bilingual and Multilingual Education; and Part III, Global Dimensions of Bilingual and Multilingual Education.

The Routledge Handbook of Language and Identity - This 2016 publication comprises 41 chapters divided into five sections: Part I, Perspectives on Language and Identity; Part II, Categories and Dimensions of Identity; Part III, Research the Language and Identity Relationship: Challenges, Issues and Puzzles; Part IV, Language and Identity Case Studies; and Part V, Future Directions.

Cognitive science and education:

The Cambridge Handbook of Cognition and Education (CU) - This resource "reviews a wealth of research in cognitive and educational psychology that investigates how to enhance learning and instruction to aid students struggling to learn and to advise teachers on how best to support student learning. The Handbook includes features that inform readers about how to improve instruction and student achievement based on scientific evidence across different domains, including science, mathematics, reading and writing."

Economics and education:

Handbook of Contemporary Education Economics (CU) - Published in 2017 and comprising 19 chapters, this handbook "provides a comprehensive overview of the modern economics of education literature, bringing together a series of original contributions by globally renowned experts in their fields. Covering a wide variety of topics, each chapter assesses the most recent research with an emphasis on skills, evaluation and data analytics."

Handbook of the Economics of Education (CU) - Now in four volumes (2006-2011) and growing, this handbook brings together economic research that aims explicitly to understand better how education is acquired, how it affects economic and social outcomes of interest, and how it can inform public policy. Volume 4 includes chapters on economic aspects of migration and education; inequality, human capital formation, and the process of development; educational vouchers in international contexts; the political economy of education funding; and other topics.

Anthropology and education:

The SAGE Handbook of Social Anthropology (CU) - "Divided into four sections, each edited by leading figures in social anthropology," this 2012 handbook "covers interfaces, places, methodologies and futures. Within each section authors at the leading edge of the discipline contribute in-depth chapters on the central principles and latest developments in their area of expertise."

Reviews of Research

Current Overviews of the Literature

Annual Reviews (CU) - Reviews of topics in social sciences and other disciplines published as annual journals; see series for Anthropology, Economics, Psychology, and many 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

Databases for Tracing Responses to and the Influence of Authors and Writings

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.

Digital Archives

Online Digitized Collections

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.

Handbooks of Practice

Guides to Good Writing

Theodore M. Bernstein, The Careful Writer (CU)

Wilson Follett, Modern American Usage: A Guide (CU)

Bryan A. Garner, Garners Modern English Usage (CU)

Edward D. Johnson, The Handbook of Good English (CU)

Gary Lutz, The Gotham Grammarian (freely accessible online)

Paul Roberts, Understanding Grammar (TC)

Bibliography and Citation Management Programs

Software for Organizing Your Research

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

Library Services

Ask A Librarian

Ask a Librarian - To explore a variety of kinds of research support: submit an email reference query to librarians onsite; 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.).

Document Delivery

Document Delivery - The means to recommend items for purchase and/or to request from other libraries materials (books, book chapters, dissertations, journal articles, etc.) not available through the Gottesman or Columbia University Libraries.

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