Library Resources and Services for EDPA 6542, Education Policy Foundations Seminar
This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in Professor Priscilla Wohlstetter’s Fall 2019 course EDPA 6542, Education Policy Foundations Seminar. The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected as ones supporting the goals of the course, i.e., “to provide a theoretical framework for understanding the conflicts and controversies that underlie education reform in the United States,” bringing in “various perspectives from the fields of economics, law, political science, and sociology.” 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.
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 relating to education policy, education reform, 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.
- Education -- Aims and objectives [LB41 (Essays)]
- Education -- Economic aspects [LC65-LC67]
- Education -- Political aspects
- Education -- Social aspects
- Education -- Standards
- Education, Preschool -- Law and legislation
- Education and state [LC71-LC188]
- Educational accountability [LB2806.22]
- Educational change [Use for Education reform, School reform]
- Educational equalization [LC213-LC214.53]
- Educational law and legislation
- Educational leadership
- Educational planning [LC71.2]
- Educational sociology [LC189-LC214.53]
- Family policy
- Policy sciences [H96-H97.7]
- Political planning [Use for Public policy]
- Public administration
- School improvement programs [LB2822.8-LB2822.84]
- School management and organization [LB2801-LB2997 (Organization and supervision)], [LB3011-LB3095 (Management and discipline)]
- Social advocacy
- Social policy
- Social service [HV1-HV696]
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.
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) - Contains citations to journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, "gray literature," research reports, conference reports, publications of international agencies, and Internet resources pertaining to public affairs and public policy issues; coverage from 1915 to present.
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
EconLit with Full Text (CU) - The American Economic Association's database of the literature in economics, containing citations, abstracts, and full text for economic research dating back to 1969. Covers journal articles, books, collective volume articles, dissertations, and working papers, among other types of publications.
Index to Legal Periodicals and Books (CU) - Covers the contents of over 1,025 international legal periodicals and law books, providing coverage of scholarly articles, symposia, jurisdictional surveys, court decisions, legislation, books, book reviews, and more.
Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective (CU) - Indexes the contents of over 750 legal periodicals published in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand published between 1908 and 1981.
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.
SocINDEX with Full Text (CU) - Offers comprehensive coverage of sociology, encompassing all sub-disciplines and closely related areas of study. The database contains full text for more than 860 journals dating back to 1908, more than 830 books and monographs, and over 16,800 conference papers.
Sociological Abstracts (CU) - Abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences, covering such major areas as culture and social structure, family and social welfare, history and theory of sociology, radical sociology, rural and urban sociology, and the sociology of the arts, business, and education.
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.
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
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), 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).
Ebook Central - Online books across a range of subject areas; searchable, under Browse Subjects, by Education, History & Political Science, 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.
RAND Published Research (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 Global Education Policy (2016) (see also electronic version in E-Resources)
International Handbook of Educational Policy (2005) (see also electronic version in E-Resources)
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, 2nd Edition - "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 Educational Policy (CU) - This 1999 compendium comprises 21 chapters divided into five sections: Part I, Foundational Issues in American Educational Policy; Part II, Local, State, National, and International Perspectives; Part III, Intersections of Theory, Policy, Politics, and Practice; Part IV, Methodological Advances for Educational Policy Analysis; and Part V, American Educational Policy Making: Past and Future.
Handbook of Global Education Policy - This 2016 resource "offers a comprehensive overview of the ways in which domestic education policy is framed and influenced by global institutions and actors" and "surveys current debates about the role of education in a global polity, highlights key transnational policy actors, accessibly introduces research methodologies, and outlines global agendas for education reform Includes contributions from an international cast of established and emerging scholars at the forefront of the field."
International Handbook of Educational Policy (CU) - This handbook "presents contemporary and emergent trends in educational policy research, in over fifty chapters written by nearly ninety leading researchers from a number of countries." It is divided into five sections dealing with large-scale educational reform, leadership and governance, teaching quality, literacies, and workplace learning.
Reviews of Research
Annual Reviews (CU) - Reviews of topics in biomedical, physical, and social sciences published as annual journals; see series for Economics, Law and Social Science, Political Science, Sociology, and other disciplines.
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, the Science Citation Index Expanded, and other sources, 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
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.