This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students Professor Nancy Sall's Fall 2020 course C&T 4502, Master’s Thesis: Early Childhood Education. The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected to aid in research pertaining to early childhood development, curricula, and education environments. 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.
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 contemporary issues in curriculum and instruction 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]
- Child Development
- Curriculum change
- Curriculum enrichment
- Curriculum planning [LB2806.15]
- Early childhood education [LB1139.2-LB1139.4]
- Education -- Curricula [LB1570-LB1571 (Elementary schools)]
- Education, Elementary [LB1555-LB1602]
- Education, Preschool
- Effective teaching
- Gifted children -- Education [BF723.G5 (Psychology)], [HQ773.5 (Child rearing)], [LC3991-LC4000 (Education)]
- Inclusive education [LC1200-LC1203]
- Inquiry-based learning
- Language arts [LB1575.8-LB1577 (Elementary education)]
- Lesson planning [LB1027.4]
- Literacy [LC149-LC160]
- Literacy -- Study and teaching
- Research -- Methodology
- Teaching [LB1025- LB1050.7 (Teaching principles and practice)], [LB1775-LB1785 (Teaching as a profession)]
- Teaching -- Methodology
- Teaching -- Philosophy
- Teaching -- Psychological aspects
- Teaching -- Research
- Teaching -- Social aspects
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.
Social Science Databases
Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts - 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 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. Now searchable via the Ebsco interface in addition to the ProQuest one.
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.
Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies (2010) (see also electronic version in E-Resources)
Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood: In History and Society - Presents the social and cultural history of childhood from antiquity to the present; examines this history through articles on education, parenting, child labor, economics, images of childhood, children's literature, play, toys and games, health, physiology, law, the criminal justice system, and social welfare.
Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies (CU) - This reference work is intended "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 Disability - With contributions from more than 500 scholars, the work comprises some 1,000 entries that discuss issues of accessibility, arts, language, children and infants, deafness and deaf culture, disability studies, economics and employment, education, ethics, the experience of disability, health and medicine, politics, organizations, and sports, among other topics.
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.
Oxford Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature (CU) - Provides a global perspective on significant international trends and the multicultural expansion of the field; includes brief biographies of major authors and illustrators, feature essays on all genres of children's literature, individual works, and prominent trends and themes, and general essays on the traditions of children's literature in many countries throughout the world.
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, etc. and various sub-topics, and by author, title, and other criteria.
Literature Online (LION) (CU) - 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
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-
Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education, 2nd Edition (2004)
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)
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 Learning and Instruction - "This  Handbook examines learning and instruction in a variety of classroom and non-classroom environments and with a variety of learners, both K-16 students and adult learners. The chapters are written by leading researchers from around the world, all of whom are highly regarded experts on their particular topics." The work comprises 22 chapters divided into two parts, Research on Learning and Research on Instruction.
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 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."
International Handbook of Research on Teachers and Teaching (CU) - Published in 2009, "This collection of over 70 original articles addresses a wide range of issues that are relevant for understanding the present educational climate in which the accountability of teachers and the standardized testing of students have become dominant. The international collection of authors brings to the handbook a breadth of knowledge and experience about the teaching profession and a wealth of material across a number of comparative dimensions, such as between developed and developing countries and between Eastern and Western cultures."
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
Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL) (CU) - Listings of articles, books, reviews, etc., on British, American, and Commonwealth literature; selective full-text.
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
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.
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 - 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 on physical Course Reserves can also be found on this 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.
Library Blog - The Gottesman Libraries blog, Learning at the Library, is home to course-specific research guides like this one. Additionally, the blog features content connected to workshops and special events, as well as resource highlights on materials that our library staff have found particularly interesting. Relevant posts may include Children's Literature: An Overview of Library Resources, Library Resources and Services for Special Education and Inclusivity, and Resource Highlight: TeachingBooks.