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Library Resources and Services for C&T 4502 - Master's Project


Library Resources and Services for C&T 4502, Master's Project

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in Jamie Uva's Fall 2019 course C&T 4502, Master's Project. The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected as ones supporting the objective of the course, i.e., “to support students in identifying a sound topic of interest, creating a project proposal, and successfully completing an integrative master’s project.” 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 relating to curriculum and teaching 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.

  • Action research
  • Action research in education [LB1028.24]
  • Curriculum change
    (Use for Curriculum reform, Instructional change, Reform, Curriculum)
  • Curriculum enrichment
  • Curriculum planning [LB2806.15]
    (Use for Curriculum development)
  • Early childhood education [LB1139.2-LB1139.4]
  • Early childhood special education
  • Education -- Curricula [LB1570-LB1571 (Elementary schools)]
  • Education, Elementary [LB1555-LB1602]
  • Education, Secondary
  • Effective teaching
  • Gifted children -- Education [LC3991-LC4000]
  • Inclusive education [LC1200-LC1203]
  • Language arts [LB1575.8-LB1577 (Elementary education)], [LB1631-LB1632 (Secondary education)]
  • Lesson planning [LB1027.4]
  • Literacy [LC149-LC160]
  • Literacy -- Study and teaching
  • Teachers [LA2301-LA2397 (Biography)], [LB1775-LB1779 (Professional aspects)], [LB2832-LB2844.47 (Personnel management)]
    (Use for Faculty (Education), Instructors, School teachers, Schoolteachers)
  • Teaching [LB1025- LB1050.7 (Teaching principles and practice)], [LB1775-LB1785 (Teaching as a profession)]
    (Use for Didactics, Instruction, Pedagogy, School teaching, Schoolteaching)

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) also 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

APA PsycNET - Single search interface for PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS, and PsycEXTRA.

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (CU) - Abstracts and indexes the international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics; coverage from 1973 to present.

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.

Humanities Databases

Humanities Full Text (CU) - 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.

MLA International Bibliography (CU) - Indexes critical materials on literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore. Provides access to citations from worldwide publications, including periodicals, books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies.

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.

EBSOhost Research Databases (CU) - Provides access to numerous databases across disciplines, indexing journals and other scholarly publications; full text provided in many instances.

Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective (CU) - Provides coverage of journal articles in the humanities and social sciences from 1907 through 1984.

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

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.

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Print Resources

Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies (2010) (see also electronic version in E-Resources)

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

The International Encyclopedia of Curriculum (1991)

The International Encyclopedia of Education (Second Edition, 1994)

International Encyclopedia of Teaching and Teacher Education (Second Edition, 1995)


Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies (CU) - Published in 2010, this work "provides a comprehensive introduction to the academic field of curriculum studies for the scholar, student, teacher, and administrator . . . [and] serves to inform and to introduce terms, events, documents, biographies, and concepts to assist the reader in understanding aspects of this rapidly changing, expansive, and contested field of study."

Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education (CU) - This reference work, published in 2012, intends to serve as "one place where students, scholars, teachers, and policymakers can examine and explore research, policy, and practice issues and find answers to important questions about how diversity in U.S. education—enriched with theories, research and practices in other nations—are explained and communicated, and how they affect institutional change at both the K-12 and postsecondary levels."

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

Encyclopedia of Multicultural Education (CU) - This 1999 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."

Encyclopedia of the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education (CU) - The editors of this 2009 publication state: "In creating the encyclopedia, eleven disciplinary and conceptual areas upon which the field is largely based were identified . . . These include disciplinary areas such as comparative education, educational anthropology, educational sociology, the history of education, and the philosophy of education. Topical areas include cultural studies and education, ecojustice education and cultural studies, globalization and education, multiculturalism, policy studies, and technologies in education."

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Contemporary Early Childhood Education (CU) - Published in 2016, this encyclopedia intends to provide "advanced research, accurate practical applications of research, historical foundations and key facts from the field of contemporary early childhood education. Through approximately 450 entries, this work includes all areas of child development – physical, cognitive, language, social, emotional, aesthetic – as well as comprehensive review of best educational practices with young children, effective preparation for early childhood professionals and policy making practices."

E-Collections (Text, Images, Sound)

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), 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, Volume I and Theatre in Video, Volume II (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; Social Science; and other topics.

Literature Online (LION) - 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.

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

Handbook of Reading Research, Volumes 1-2 (1984-1991)

Handbook of Reading Research, Volume 3 (2000)

Handbook of Reading Research, Volume 4 (2011) (see also electronic version in E-Resources)

Handbook of Research on Curriculum (1992)

Handbook of Research on Literacy and Diversity (2009)

Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education (1995)

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

Handbook of Research on New Literacies (2008)

Handbook of Research on Teacher Education: Enduring Questions in Changing Contexts, 3rd Edition (2008) (see also electronic version in E-Resources)

Handbook of Research on Teaching, 5th Edition (2016) (see also electronic version in E-Resources)

Handbook of Research on Teaching the English Language Arts, 2nd Edition (2003) (see also electronic version in E-Resources)

Handbook of Research on Teaching the English Language Arts, 3rd Edition (2011)

Handbook of Research on the Education of Young Children, 2nd Edition (2006)

International Handbook of Curriculum Research (2003)

The SAGE Handbook of Curriculum and Instruction (2008) (see also electronic version in E-Resources)


Early Childhood Educational Research: Issues in Methodology and Ethics - Provides an introduction to research in early childhood education, offering an overview of recent history and the development of research in the field, how conceptions and methodologies have changed, and what key issues and dilemmas have emerged.

Handbook of Giftedness in Children: Psychoeducational Theory, Research, and Best Practices (CU) - In 20 chapters, brings together the work of leading experts from the fields of psychology and education, combining theory and applied empirical research on such crucial topics as conceptualization, types of intelligence, developmental considerations, and ethical and legal concerns.

Handbook of Reading Research - For this 4th (2011) edition of the Handbook, "the editors extensively reviewed the reading research literature since the publication of Volume III in 2000, as portrayed in a wide array of research and practitioner-based journals and books, to identify the themes and topics covered. As in previous volumes, the focus is on reading research, rather than a range of literate practices."

Handbook of Research on Teacher Education: Enduring Questions in Changing Contexts - "Reflecting the needs of educators today, this Third Edition aims to stimulate a broad conversation about foundational issues; bring multiple perspectives to bear, including historical perspectives; provide new specificity to topics that have been undifferentiated in the past; and include diverse voices in the conversation."

Handbook of Research on Teaching - The 5th (2016) edition of the Handbook describes itself as "an essential resource for students and scholars dedicated to the study of teaching and learning. The volume covers a vast array of topics ranging from the history of teaching to technological and literacy issues. In each authoritative chapter, the authors summarize the state of the field while providing a conceptual overview of a critical aspect of research on teaching."

Handbook of Research on Teaching Literacy Through the Communicative and Visual Arts - This handbook brings together state-of-the-art research and practice on the evolving view of literacy as encompassing not only reading, writing, speaking, and listening, but also the multiple ways through which learners gain access to knowledge and skills.

Handbook of Research on Teaching the English Language Arts - Sponsored by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English, this electronic version of the second (2003) edition of the printed source offers an overview of recent trends in the study and teaching of English.

Handbook of Research on the Education of Young Children (CU) - The 3rd (2016) edition of this handbook "provides a comprehensive overview of important contemporary issues as well as the information necessary to make informed judgments about these issues . . . this volume addresses critical, cutting edge research on child development, curriculum, policy, and research and evaluation strategies."

The SAGE Handbook of Curriculum and Instruction (CU) - Published in 2008, this collection of 26 chapters is divided into three main parts (Part I, Curriculum in Practice; Part II, Curriculum in Context; and Part III, Curriculum in Theory) and is further subdivided into six sections: Section A, Making Curriculum; Section B, Managing Curriculum; Section C, Diversifying Curriculum; Section D, Teaching Curriculum; Section E, Internationalizing Curriculum; and Section F, Inquiring into Curriculum.

The SAGE Handbook of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (CU) - This 2016 handbook "focuses on examining how curriculum is treated and developed, and its impact on pedagogy and assessment worldwide. The Handbook is organised into five thematic sections, considering: The epistemology and methodology of curriculum; Curriculum and pedagogy; Curriculum subjects; Areas of the curriculum; Assessment and the curriculum; and The curriculum and educational policy."

Wiley Online Library (CU) - Provides full-text access to reference works in the humanities, social sciences, and business and management, see research handbooks and companions in Humanities (including Language & Linguistics and Literature), Social & Behavioral Sciences (including Education and Family & Child Studies), and other subject areas.

Reviews of Research

Current Overviews of the Literature

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 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.

Bibliography and Citation Management Programs

Software for Organizing Your Research

Citation Management Software - An extensive description of and guide to the use of  ZoteroMendeley, 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  (dissertations, book chapters, journal articles, etc.) not available through the Gottesman or Columbia University Libraries.

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