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Library Resources and Services for ORLA 6552, Research, Theory, and Practice in Education Leadership

This research guide is designed to provide an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in Professor Sonya Horsford's course ORLA 6552, Research, Theory, and Practice in Education Leadership. The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected as ones supporting the objectives of the course, i.e., to focus on "major theoretical perspectives on administrative leadership in education, how these perspectives are studied and advanced through empirical research, and how the theory and research are connected to leadership practice," and to provide "an overview of key historical and contemporary research in the field of education leadership with a focus on urban education and the superintendency" for the incoming Urban Education Leaders Program (UELP) cohort. 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 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 on research, theory, and practice in education leadership and on related topics, 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.

  • City children -- Education
  • Education, Urban [LC5101-LC5143]
  • Education, Urban -- Economic aspects
  • Education, Urban -- Political aspects
  • Education, Urban -- Social aspects
  • Educational leadership
  • School administrators [LB2831.8-LB2831.876]
  • school administrators -- In-service training [LB1738.5]
  • School administrators -- Training of
  • School management and organization [LB2801-LB3098] [use for Educational administration]
  • School superintendents [LB2831.7-LB2831.776]
  • Narrower terms:
  • African American school superintendents
  • Women school superintendents
  • School superintendents--Training of [LB2831.7-LB2831.776]
  • School supervision [LB2806.4]
  • Urban policy
  • Urban schools [LC5101-LC5143]
  • Urban schools -- Administration

Periodical Indexes

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.

Administration/Leadership Databases

ABI/INFORM Global (CU) - Covers the contents of over 1,800 "premier worldwide business periodicals for information on advertising, marketing, economics, management techniques, human resources, finance, taxation, computers, and more."

Business Abstracts with Full Text (CU) - Provides indexing and abstracting of articles from over 800 English-language business magazines and trade and research journals, plus the full text of selected periodicals.

Business Source Complete (CU) - Provides full text for over 10,000 scholarly business journals and other sources, including more than 1,150 peer-reviewed business publications, and more than 350 of the top scholarly journals dating as far back as 1922. Coverage includes educational administration, management, and leadership and related topics.

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.

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.

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.

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 and EDUCAT simultaneously for books, journal articles, reports, dissertations, etc.

Quicksearch (CLIO) (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 Educational Leadership and Administration (2006) (see also e-version below)


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

Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration (CU) - This online version of the two-volume print encyclopedia presents "recent theories, research, terms, concepts, ideas, and histories on educational leadership and school administration as taught in preparation programs and practiced in schools and colleges today. With more than 600 entries, written by more than 200 professors, graduate students, practitioners, and association officials."

Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology - An overview for students, researchers, and professionals in the areas of psychology, business, management, and human resources, providing state-of-the-art research and ready-to-use facts.

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.

E-Collections (Text, Images, Sound)

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

National Bureau of Economic Research (CU) - Contains the full-text of working papers from the NBER, which 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.

Nexis Uni (formerly Lexis Nexis Academic) (CU) - An interdisciplinary, full-text database of over 18,000 sources including newspapers, journals, wire services, newsletters, company reports and SEC filings, case law, government documents, transcripts of broadcasts, and selected reference works.

Westlaw - Contents include cases from the courts of all 50 states and the Federal courts; statutes from all 50 states and Federal statutes published in the United States Code Annotated; Federal regulations published in the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations; American Law Reports, a publication containing attorney-written articles that summarize and analyze case law on a particular legal issue; and American Jurisprudence 2d, a comprehensive encyclopedia of state and federal law.

Handbooks of Research

Print Resources

The Bass Handbook of Leadership: Theory, Research, and Managerial Applications, 4th Edition (2008)

Educational Leadership: A Reference Handbook (2002)

A Handbook for Educational Leadership Interns (2007)

Handbook of Instructional Leadership: How Successful Principals Promote Teaching and Learning, 2nd Edition (2004)

Handbook of Research in Education Finance and Policy (2007)

Handbook of Research on Educational Administration, 2nd Edition (1999)

Handbook of Research on Educational Leadership for Equity and Diversity (2013) (see also e-version below)

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

Handbook of Research on School Supervision (1998)

Handbook of Research on the Education of School Leaders (2009)

Handbook of Research on Urban Politics and Policy in the United States (1997) (see also e-version below)

Instructional Leadership: A Learning-Centered Guide, 2nd Edition (2006)

International Handbook of Educational Leadership and Administration (1996) (see also e-version below)

International Handbook on the Preparation and Development of School Leaders (2008)

The Praeger Handbook of Urban Education, Volume 1 (2006)

The Praeger Handbook of Urban Education, Volume 2 (2006)

The Sage Handbook of Educational Leadership: Advances in Theory, Research, and Practice (2005)

School Leadership: Handbook for Excellence in Student Learning, 4th Edition (2006)

Second International Handbook of Educational Leadership and Administration (2002) (see also e-version below)

Urban Education: A Comprehensive Guide for Educators, Parents, and Teachers (2007) [a one-volume version of the two-volume Praeger Handbook of Urban Education, above]


Handbook of Research on Educational Leadership for Equity and Diversity - Comprising 29 chapters by various authors, this 2013 publication intends to explore "diversity and related inequities in schools and the achievement problems these issues present to school leaders. Each chapter reviews theoretical and empirical evidence of these inequities and provides research-based recommendations for practice and for future research."

Handbook of Research on Urban Politics and Policy in the United States (CU) - The editor of this research handbook, comprising 29 chapters divided into four major sections, states: "Experts were solicited to write review chapters guiding readers through major controversies and evaluating and assessing the subfields of urban politics and policy. Each chapter more or less follows the same basic pattern: First, an overview of the field and how it has evolved is presented. Then the major methodological issues and/or theoretical issues of concern to researchers are considered. This is followed by the current state of the field and directions for future research."

Handbook of Urban Educational Leadership (CU) - This 2015 resource "examines the community, district, and teacher leadership roles that affect urban schools." It intends to serve "as a foundation for pedagogical and educational leadership practices that foster social justice, equity, and advocacy for those who have been traditionally and historically underserved in education."

International Handbook of Educational Leadership (CU) - Published in 2017, this work "brings together contributions from authors in twenty-one countries, spanning six continents. Topics examined include leadership and aesthetics, creativity, eco‐justice, advocacy, Big Data and technology, neoliberalism, emerging philosophies and theories, critical democracy, gender and radical feminism, political economies, emotions, postcolonialism, and new directions in higher education."

International Handbook of Educational Leadership and Administration (CU) - The 32 chapters of this research handbook are divided into five sections focusing on various aspects of the subject, including context, development, cognitive perspectives, conceptions of practice, and critical perspectives.

International Handbook of Urban Education (CU) - In seven major sections, this 2007 work examines urban education issues and trends in Africa, Asia Pacific, Western Europe, Latin America, North America, and the United Kingdom, with a Coda on the theme of an urban education dystopia, 2050, with responses from the six key regions treated in the previous sections.

The SAGE Handbook of Educational Leadership: Advances in Theory, Research, and Practice (CU) - The second (2011) edition of this research resource, with contributions by 31 experts in the field, aims to address "the most fundamental and contested issues in the field, including culturally relevant and distributed leadership; critical policy and practice issues predicting the new century’s conflict; the paradox of changes; and the promises, paradoxes, and pitfalls of standards for educational leaders."

Second International Handbook of Educational Leadership and Administration (CU) - This 2002 research compendium comprises 40 chapters divided into the following key sections: Leadership and School Improvement; Leadership in the Creation of Community; Leadership in Diverse Contexts and Cultures; Organizational Learning and Leadership; Contexts for Leadership at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century; and Leadership Development.

The Wiley International Handbook of Education Leadership (CU) - This 2017 research resources "brings together contributions from authors in twenty-one countries, spanning six continents. Topics examined include leadership and aesthetics, creativity, eco‐justice, advocacy, Big Data and technology, neoliberalism, emerging philosophies and theories, critical democracy, gender and radical feminism, political economies, emotions, postcolonialism, and new directions in higher education."

Wiley Online Library (CU) - Provides full-text access to reference works in the social sciences and humanities. Notable titles include The Blackwell Handbook of Mentoring and The SMS Handbook of Organizational Capabilities, among others.

Reviews of Research

Annual Reviews (CU) - Reviews of topics in social sciences and other disciplines published as annual journals; see series for Economics, Law and Social Science, 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.

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

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.

Academic Commons (CU) - 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.

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 - 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.

Paging and Pick Up - For the Fall 2020 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.

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