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Apr 19 2021 - 06:00 PM
Library Resources and Services for A and HH 4060, History of Education in New York City

Reading Class: Pearly Nautilus. Sixth Grade. 9 University Place. Teachers College. (Date Not Known)

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in Jennifer Boyle's Spring 2021 course A&HH 4060, History of Education in New York City. The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected as ones supporting the objectives of the course, i.e., to cover " key demographic changes that shaped social, economic, political and educational landscape of the City, focusing on different topic areas, including the origins of public schooling, approaches to educational activism, education beyond schoolhouse doors, factors that affected access to education such as housing policies, and the experiences of immigrants, migrants, women, teachers, students, and other groups in education." 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.

Resources designated (CU) are accessible online through Columbia University Libraries.

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 - 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

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 history of education in New York City 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.

  • Community and school -- New York (State) -- New York -- History
  • Education -- History
  • Education -- History -- 19th century
  • Education -- History -- 20th century.
  • Education -- New York (State) -- History
  • Education -- New York (State) -- New York -- History
  • Education -- United States -- History -- 19th century
  • Education -- United States -- History -- 20th century
  • New York (N.Y.). Board of Education -- History
  • New York (N.Y.) -- History
  • Public schools -- New York (State) -- New York -- History

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

History Databases

America: History and Life with Full Text (CU) - Index (with some abstracts) of literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present.

Historical Abstracts with Full Text (CU) - Provides citations and abstracts for publications related to world history, excluding the U.S. and Canada, from 1450 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.

Humanities Databases

Arts and Humanities Database (CU) - "The contents reflect the full interdisciplinarity of contemporary study in the arts and humanities, with the inclusion of selected titles from related fields that are also covered . . . , such as ethnic and area studies, politics, economics and women's studies."

Essay and General Literature Index (CU) - Indexes essays and articles contained in collections of essays and miscellaneous works published in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada; areas covered include the humanities and social sciences, with subject coverage ranging from economics, political science, and history to criticism of literary works, drama, and film.

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 - Abstracts, bibliographic indexing, and full text from scholarly sources and specialized magazines in the humanities. Indexing begins in 1984, full-text coverage in 1995.

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.

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 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

Print Resources

Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History (2001)

Encyclopedia of New York City (1995)

Encyclopedia of New York City (2nd Edition, 2010) (see also electronic version in E-Resources)


American National Biography Online (CU) - Biographies of notable men and women from all eras of American history.

Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History: The Black Experience in the Americas - Covers all aspects of the African-American experience from 1619 to 2006, using biographies, historical essays, and thematic pieces, many written by foremost scholars, to address a wide array of subjects in over 2,300 articles.

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

Encyclopedia of Local History (CU) - Published in 2017, this work "addresses nearly every aspect of local history, including everyday issues, theoretical approaches, and trends in the field. This encyclopedia provides both the casual browser and the dedicated historian with adept commentary by bringing the voices of over one hundred experts together in one place. This third edition is the first to include photographs. Brand-new to this edition are critical topics covering both the practice of and major current areas of research in local history such as 'Digitization,' 'LGBT History,' 'museum theater,' and 'STEM education.'"

Encyclopedia of New York City (2nd Edition) - This revised 2010 edition "includes 800 new entries that help complete the story of New York: from Air Train to E-ZPass, from September 11 to public order. The new material includes broader coverage of subject areas previously underserved as well as new maps and illustrations. Virtually all existing entries—spanning architecture, politics, business, sports, the arts, and more—have been updated to reflect the impact of the past two decades."

The Reader's Companion to American History (CU) - Comprises more than 1,000 entries covering the critical events, issues, and individuals that have shaped American history.


ACLS Humanities E-Book (CU) - "ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) is a digital collection of over 5,400 seminal books in the humanities and related social sciences. These titles are presented in collaboration with more than 120 publishers and Michigan Publishing. Books in the HEB collection have been recommended and reviewed by scholars and constituent learned societies of the American Council of Learned Societies."

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).

Early Encounters in North America (CU) – Provides full-text access to letters, diaries, memoirs, and accounts concerning events that took place in North America between 1534 and 1860.

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

Oxford Bibliographies (CU) - "Offers peer-reviewed annotated bibliographies on specific topics in a growing range of subject areas. There are at least 50 specific topical bibliographies in each subject area. Each of these features an introduction to the topic. Bibliographies are browseable by subject area and keyword searchable."

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.

Primary Documents in American History (CU) - Provides access to digitized versions of collections housed at the Library of Congress, including many of the most important documents in American history.

Social and Cultural History: Letters and Diaries Online (CU) – Database of English language letters, diaries, autobiographies, oral histories, and other personal narratives providing insight into history dating from the 1550s to the present day.

Handbooks of Research

Print Resources

African American Education: A Reference Handbook (2001)

Handbook for Research in American History: A Guide to Bibliographies and Other Reference Works (1987)

International Handbook of Historical Studies: Contemporary Research and Theory (1979)


A Companion to Western Historical Thought (CU) - This 2002 compendium "introduces readers to the major themes, figures, traditions, and theories in Western historical thought, tracing its evolution from biblical times to the present. The volume comprises 24 chapters by leading historians who discuss conceptions of and approaches to the human past in the ancient, medieval, early modern and modern West, stressing the long-term patterns and traditions in historical thinking that survive to this day . . . The volume concludes with essays on contemporary challenges to classic, Western definitions of history that have emerged in global history, multiculturalism, post-colonialism, and new technologies."

Using Non-Textual Sources: A Historian's Guide (CU) - This 2016 publication provides "coverage of the creation, production and distribution of non-textual sources; the acquisition of skills to 'read' these sources analytically; and the meaning, significance and reliability of these forms of evidence. Using Non-Textual Sources includes a section on interdisciplinary non-textual source work, outlining what historians borrow from disciplines such as art history, archaeology, geography and media studies, as well as a discussion of how to locate these resources online and elsewhere in order to use them in essays and dissertations."

Reviews of Research

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

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.

Archival Catalogs

Access to Archival Databases (AAD) System - Index to records for files from the National Archives.

Accessible Archives - Searchable collection of U.S. history resources, including the Pennsylvania Gazette, the Civil War coverage of three newspapers, Godey's Lady's Book, a group of African-American and abolitionist newspapers, and selections from several 19th century Delaware Valley newspapers.

ArchiveGrid - Archival finding aids and citations for thousands of libraries, museums, and archives.

Archive Finder - A directory of archives and manuscript repositories, with some links to web pages for the repositories and to online finding aids.

Columbia University Archives Research Guides - "These Research Guides were put together to help you take advantage of the Columbia University Archives holdings. For each type of search, you will find the most popular resources available and how to access them: some online and some which are non-circulating and are available only at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) reading room. These lists are not exhaustive; these are only the "top" or "most frequently consulted" resources. Each guide covers a different research area."

Guide to the Records of the New York City Board of Education - "The collection of the records of the Board of Education at the New York City Municipal Archives is the product of several strands of collecting activities. This Guide is the first effort to provide a coordinated description of the entire collection, an essential step in unleashing the potential value of the records for educators, historians, architects, and participants in family and community history activities. The Guide is intended to be used in coordination with finding aids and inventories for the various components of the collection."

New York City Municipal Archives Collections - "The NYC Municipal Archives Online Gallery provides research access to more than 1,600,000 digitized items from the Municipal Archives' vast holdings, including photographs, maps, blueprints, motion-pictures and audio recordings."

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.

Columbia University Rare Books and Manuscript Library Digital Collections - "Columbia University Libraries digitizes its rare and unique collections for the purposes of preservation, access, and online exhibition. Most unbound materials, including photographs, posters, drawings, objects, ephemera, and manuscripts, as well as archival “born” digital files can be found via the Digital Library Collections (DLC) website. Bound and printed materials, notably rare books, may be accessed via CLIO, the Columbia Libraries online catalog, and the Internet Archive. Online Exhibitions provide a highly curated means of accessing selected digitized objects."

Internet Archive - A non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies, and music, as well as 150 billion archived web pages.

Library of Congress Digital Collections - This site provides access to the full array of digitized Library of Congress collections, including the contents of the previously discrete American Memory website.

New York City Municipal Archives Collections - "The NYC Municipal Archives Online Gallery provides research access to more than 1,600,000 digitized items from the Municipal Archives' vast holdings, including photographs, maps, blueprints, motion-pictures and audio recordings."

New York Public Library Digital Collections - Comprising 874,918 items digitized from The New York Public Library's collections, this site is "a living database with new materials added every day, featuring prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, and more."

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

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 - 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.

Digital Delivery - As a courtesy to current members, the Gottesman Libraries offers a free scanning service to expeditiously provide library users with requested materials for personal use.

Paging and Pick Up - For the Spring 2021 semester, we are offering a paging service which allows students to use physical materials that are located on campus.

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.


Image: Reading Class: Pearly Nautilus. Sixth Grade. 9 University Place. Teachers College. (Date Not Known)

(Historical Photographs of Teachers College collection, The Gottesman Libraries, Teachers College, Columbia University)