Subject Research Guides

Educational Studies

general research information

Use other guides on this web site for help on how to do general research at Carleton including the following categories:

Bridge (the library catalog)
subject headings
print reference collection
indexes and electronic databases
web searching

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print reference collection

Use these sources at the beginning of your research to get an overview of a topic or to identify synonyms or related terms that will apply to your topic. Later, return to these sources to clarify concepts or define new vocabulary. These sources also include bibliographical references that may prove helpful. All of these sources are located in the Reference Collection.

Library of Congress Call Numbers to browse in the print reference collection or in the general collection for Education:

L 900' & grad school guides
LB 15's........encyclopedias
LB 2300' abroad
LC 1000+....multicultural, women, special education

This is only a partial list of the call numbers pertaining to Education. For a complete listing, go to the
Library of Congress Classification Outline, provided by the Cataloging Policy and Support Office of the Library of Congress.

selected titles from the print reference collection

ref LA 2311 .C32 1999
Directory of American Scholars. Ninth Edition.

ref LB17.U54 1996
Encyclopedia of American Education
A broad overview of topics and issues including administration, pedagogy, reform, and minority education

ref LB1139.25.E53 1992
Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Education
Includes articles on child development, curricula and programs, and more

ref LB1570.H264 1992
Handbook on Research on Curriculum
Articles on conceptual and methodological perspectives, how curriculum is shaped, curriculum as a shaping force, and topics within particular curriculums

ref LB 2310 .W6
The World of Learning.
Guide to universities that includes faculty and major officers.

ref LB 2337.2 .F574
Schlachter, Gail Ann and Weber, R. David. Financial Aid for Research and Creative Activities Abroad.
Listing of programs that support research in other countries.

ref LB 2369 .G53 date
Gilbaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.
One of the main guides on style recommendations.

ref LC 214.2 .J65
Jones, Leon. From Brown to Boston: Desegregation, 1954-1974.
Annotated bibliography and index to important resources, arranged chronologically.

ref LC1099.D53 1997
Dictionary of Multicultural Education
Strives to define the vocabulary and issues in a multicultural education framework

selected titles from the Government Publications collection

Gov Docs
The Condition of Education, 1975 to date.

Gov Docs
Digest of Education Statistics, 1878 to date.
Great starting point for statistical information.

NCES Statistics
Simultaneously search tables, figures and charts from the following publications:

  • Education Statistics Quarterly
  • National Education Data Resource Center Postsecondary Tables Library
  • The Condition of Education
  • The Digest of Education Statistics

Gov Docs
NCES/National Center for Education Statistics
Access to many of the resources and data on education are found here.

Gov Doc Ref C 3.134/2:789-970
Historical Statistics of the U.S.
Covers colonial times to 1970; good starting point.

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If you want to know whether Carleton subscribes to a particular journal, perform a TITLE search in Bridge using the exact title of the journal you're looking for. If Carleton does not own the journal you want, take advantage of our Interlibrary Loan Services.

Example title searches:
Journal of educational psychology
Educational theory

Always check Bridge if you want the most complete information about journal holdings.

Full text articles may be found in the following databases:

Project Muse

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These newspapers are retained in the Library's collection; all are on microfilm on the 3rd floor of the Libe. To find online access to these papers and more, use the Journals List.

Christian Science Monitor, 1943 - .
Ref AI21 .C46 Index, 1960 - .

The Times, London, 1790 - .
Ref AI21 .T37 Index, 1790 - .

New York Times, 1850 - .
(online in National Newspapers 5)
Ref AI21 .N44 Index, 1850 - .

Philadelphia Inquirer, 1991 - .
Index; Use LexisNexis Academic for 5/1989 to date.

Washington Post, 1979 - .
(online in National Newspapers 5)
Ref AI21 .W3 Index, 1979- .

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databases and indexes

Databases, indexes and abstracts give you an organized entry point into periodical literature. Carleton does not own every title in the electronic databases the library offers. Check the Bridge (the library's catalog) to see if we own the journal title you are looking for. If we don't, take advantage of the Interlibrary Loan Services.

The premier database for periodical literature in the field of Education since 1996. Use subject and descriptor searches to find relevant material on your topic. An ERIC Thesaurus is online on CSA; a print copy is located in Reference, Ref LB 1028 .E34 1995.

Ethnic News Watch
Full text of newspapers, magazine, and journals of the ethnic, minority, and native press.

The main abstract and index to psychology journals, books, and research from 1887-present.

SSCI - Social Science Citation Index (via Web of Science), 1979 to date.
The Institute for Scientific Information publishes the Social Sciences Citation Index, which provides access to current bibliographic information and cited references, covering more than 1,700 of the world's leading social sciences journals in a broad range of disciplines. It also covers individually selected, relevant items from more than 3,400 of the world's leading natural and physical science journals. A powerful capability is cited reference searching, a process whereby one tracks the number of times a specific work has been cited or referenced in other works.

Sociological Abstracts, 1952 to date.
Main index to the discipline.

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web links

Blue Web'n: a library of Blue Ribbon learning sites on the Web
Reviewers call this one of the most useful web sites, good for college students and practioners.

Columbia Education Center
This site is recommended for student and practicing teachers.

Digital Librarian: Education
A selective collection of websites on all aspects of education.

Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
Extremely useful, categorized resource of websites useful for teachers and educators from this well-known education specialist. Frequently updated.

National Institute for Literacy
Statistics and resources from the federal agency concerned with child and adult literacy.

National Library of Education
A nicely organized site from the U.S. Department of Education.

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This Research Guide By:

  • Kristin Partlo
    • Reference & Instruction Librarian for Social Sciences & Data
    • x7668
    • Gould Library 466