Library Resources and Services for EDPE 4500, Research, Writing, & Professional Seminar in Economics of Education
This research guide is intended to provide an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in Jihae Cha's course EDPE 4500, Research, Writing, & Professional Seminar in Economics of Education. The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected as ones supporting the objective of the course, i.e., to enable students to "explore and employ various theoretical models and frameworks from the field of Economics and Education and apply them to a practical issue, topic, and context they are eager to deeply engage with." The guide also includes a section describin research consultation and assistance services and options for document retrieval and delivery available to all members of the Teachers College community.
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
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 research and writing in economics and 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.
- Economic policy [HD87]
- Education -- Economic aspects [LC65-LC67]
- Education -- Evaluation
- Education -- Finance [LB2824-LB2830.5]
- Education -- Political aspects
- Education and state [LC71-LC188]
- Finance, Public [HJ9-HJ9995]
- Labor economics
- Manpower policy [HD5713]
- Policy sciences [H96-H97.7]
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 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.
Economics and Policy Databases
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 Political Science Abstracts (CU) - Indexes and abstracts articles in the field of political science (including the sub-fields of public administration, political theory, and international relations) published in journals and yearbooks published worldwide.
PAIS Index (CU) - "Indexes articles, books, conference proceedings, government documents, book chapters, and statistical directories in the area of public affairs. Topics include business, government, international relations, banking, environment, health, social sciences, demographics, law and legislation, political science, public administration, finance, agriculture, education, and statistics."
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (CU) - Provides abstracts and indexing of the international literature of political science and international relations, along with complementary fields, including international law and public administration/policy. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,500+ serials publications and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and working papers.
Social Science Databases
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.
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.
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.
EBSCOhost Research Databases (CU) - Provides access to numerous databases across disciplines, indexing journals and other scholarly publications; full text provided in many instances.
Free Access to PASCAL and FRANCIS (CU) - "The site Free Access to Pascal and Francis is an archive of the PASCAL and FRANCIS bibliographic databases, produced by the Inist-CNRS between 1972 and 2015 and accessible with a server subscription until 2016. Eventually, the Francis and Pascal databases will bring together close to 23 million bibliographic references: FRANCIS covers strongly 15 keys disciplines in human and social sciences (HSS) with 2,6 million bibliographic references since 1972; PASCAL, for its part, gathers 20 million bibliographic references in the Sciences Technology and Medicine (STM) field since 1973."
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.
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.
Key Economics and Policy Journals
Economics of Education Review: CU
Journal of Economic Perspectives: CU
Journal of Labor Economics: CU
Journal of Public Economics: CU
Federated Search Engines
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 (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
International Encyclopedia of Economics of Education (2nd Edition, 1995)
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."
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), Caribbean Literature (a collection of poetry and fiction produced in the Caribbean during the 19th and 20th centuries), Ethnographic Video Online and Anthropology Online (intended to be a visual encyclopedia of human behavior and culture, online in streaming video), and 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).
CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online) - "Publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs. CIAO is also widely-recognized source for teaching materials including original case studies written by leading international affairs experts, course packs of background readings for history and political science classes, and special features like the analysis of a bin Laden recruitment tape with video."
Ebook Central - Online books across a range of subject areas; searchable, under Browse Subjects, by Education, History & Political Science, Literature & Language, Social Science, etc. and various sub-topics, and by author, title, and other criteria.
Oxford Scholarship Online (CU) - Provides the full text of classic and newly published Oxford University Press books in linguistics, literature, neuroscience, psychology, and other disciplines.
National Bureau of Economic Research (CU) - "Contains the full-text of working papers from the National Bureau of Economics Research. The NBER covers four areas of empirical research: developing new statistical measurements, estimating quantitative models of economic behavior, assessing the effects of public policies on the U.S. economy, and projecting the effects of alternative policy proposals."
RAND Books and Publications (CU) - Contains citations and abstracts for policy-related materials produced by the RAND Corporation for 1946 through 1997, and full text from 1998 to present.
Handbooks of Research
Handbook of Education Policy Research (2009) (see also electronic version in E-Resources)
Handbook of Labor Economics (1999) (see also electronic versions of later volumes in E-Resources)
Handbook of the Economics of Education (2006) (see also electronic versions of later volumes in E-Resources)
International Handbook of Educational Policy (2005) (see also electronic version in E-Resources)
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 Education Policy Research - "Defining the theoretical boundaries and methodological approaches of education policy research are the two primary themes of this comprehensive, AERA-sponsored Handbook. Organized into seven sections, the Handbook focuses on (1) disciplinary foundations of educational policy, (2) methodological perspectives, (3) the policy process, (4) resources, management, and organization, (5) teaching and learning policy, (6) actors and institutions, and (7) education access and differentiation."
Handbook of Education Politics and Policy - "This revised edition of the Handbook of Education Politics and Policy presents the latest research and theory on the most important topics within the field of the politics of education. Well-known scholars in the fields of school leadership, politics, policy, law, finance, and educational reform examine the institutional backdrop to our educational system, the political behaviors and cultural influences operating within schools, and the ideological and philosophical positions that frame discussions of educational equity and reform."
Handbook of Labor Economics (CU) - Volumes 1 and 2 of this resources were published in 1986, volume 3 in 1999, and volume 4, parts A and B in 2011. Among the most popular chapters are ones on skills, tasks, and technologies; decomposition methods in economics; human capital development before age five; new perspectives on gender; the causal effect of education on earnings; empirical strategies in labor economics; race and gender in the labor market; and executive compensation.
Handbook of the Economics of Education (CU) - With five volumes published (1 and 2 in 2006, 3 in 2010, 4 in 2011, and 5 in 2016), this resource surveys research on multiple aspects of the subject. Volumes 1 and 2 comprise of 25 chapters on topics ranging from post-schooling wage growth to income-contingent loans for higher education; volume 3 is made up of 11 chapters dealing with such subjects as econometric methods for research in education, the economics of international differences in educational achievement, and the economics of tracking in education; volume 4 consists of 11 chapters on topics that include migration and education, the design of performance pay in education, and the political economy of educational funding, and volume 5 comprises 10 chapters, including an important one on improving education outcomes in developing countries.
International Handbook of Educational Policy (CU) - Published in 2005, this handbook consists of 55 chapters divided into five sections dealing with large-scale educational reform, leadership and governance, teaching quality, literacies, and workplace learning.
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 Economics, 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.
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.
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.
Bibliography and Citation Management Programs
Software for Organizing Your Research
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.
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 - 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.