Research Guide for INSTEP English A&H 5199

| July 16, 2013

Research Guide for INSTEP English Education Second Year Cohort

Professor Janet Miller

Wednesday, July 17th, 1pm

Anne Hays, Presenter

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in the English Education INSTEP Program.  These resources, primarily electronic but also some printed works, have been selected to support the objectives of the program, i.e., to explore “pedagogical, philosophical, and theoretical underpinnings that reflect current trends in rethinking the teaching of English language arts” with emphasis on “inquiry, the integration of the arts, and the interconnections of the fields of English Education, Curriculum Theory, Cultural Studies and Aesthetic Education.”  The library services and publications section consists of research consultation/assistance and document delivery/retrieval options available to all members of the Teachers College community. *************************************************************************


Library catalogs

Periodical Indexes (Databases)

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries


Handbooks of research


Reviews of Research

Citation Indexes

Federated Search Engines

Digital Archives

Library Resources


ONLINE CATALOGS 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 English education, including the teaching of reading, writing, literature, 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. Subject Headings for Qualitative Research Methods in Education:

  • Education–Research
  • Teaching–Research
  • Action Research in Education
  • Teachers–In-Service Training
  • Qualitative research–Methodology

Subject Headings for English Education:

  • American literature — Study and teaching
  • Education — Aims and objectives
  • Education — Curricula
  • Curriculum change
  • Curriculum planning
  • English language — Composition and exercises
  • English language — Composition and exercises — Study and teaching
  • English language — Grammar — Study and teaching
  • English language — Rhetoric
  • English language — Study and teaching
  • English language — Writing — Study and teaching
  • English literature — Study and teaching
  • English teachers — Training of
  • Individualized reading instruction
  • Language arts
  • Literacy
  • Literacy — Social aspects
  • Literature — Study and teaching
  • Reading
  • Reading (Elementary)
  • Reading teachers — Training of

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 – 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.

  • See our library’s video tutorial on searching CLIO.
  • See also Columbia University Libraries’ video tutorials onCLIO search protocols and other features and functions:

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.

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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, 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.

Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL) – Listings of articles, books, reviews, etc., on British, American, and Commonwealth literature; selective full-text.

BHI:  British Humanities Index – 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.

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. Descriptors (official subject terms) worth considering for an ERIC search:

  • Aesthetics
  • Basic Writing
  • Beginning Reading
  • Cultural Differences
  • Early Reading
  • Emergent Literacy
  • English Curriculum
  • English Instruction
  • English Literature
  • English Teacher Education
  • English Teachers
  • Language Arts
  • Literacy Education
  • Literature
  • Nonfiction
  • Reading Instruction
  • Social Differences
  • United States Literature
  • Writing (Composition)

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.

Essay & General Literature Index – 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 Retro – 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.

MLA International Bibliography – 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.

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.

ProQuest – 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

Digital Dissertations, a subset of ProQuest.

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.

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Contemporary Authors – A bio-bibliographical guide with full text covering over 120,000 current U.S. and international authors writing in a wide range of fields.

Dictionary of Literary Biography – Biographical essays on authors from America, Britain, and selected other countries.

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

Encyclopedia of Language and Education (2nd Edition) – This electronic version of the 2008 edition of the Encyclopedia offers new developments, including two new volumes of research and scholarly content, in the field of language teaching and learning in the age of globalization.

International Encyclopedia of Linguistics (2nd Edition) – The 2004 edition of the Encyclopedia encompasses the full range of topics in linguistics, including such areas as historical, comparative, formal, mathematical, functional, philosophical, and sociolinguistics. Special attention is given to interrelations within these branches of the field and to relations of linguistics with other disciplines.

International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences – 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.

Twayne’s Authors Series – Provides critical introductions to the lives and works of nearly 600 writers, to the history and influence of literary movements, and to the development of literary genres.  Each author selected for coverage is selected for appropriateness for the high school and college curriculum.

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E-COLLECTIONS (Text, Images, Sound)

Alexander Street Press Databases – 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), American 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 (containing performances of the world’s leading plays and film documentaries in streaming video), and many others.

American Memory – a gateway to the Library of Congress’s collections of digitized American historical materials.  The site’s mission is to provide ” free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.”

Ebrary – Online books across a range of subject areas; searchable, under All Subjects, by Education; Language and Literature;  Philosophy, Psychology, Religion;  Social Sciences, etc., and various sub-topics, and by author, title, and other criteria.

JSTOR – 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.  Tthe most recently published issues (the past 3-5 years) are generally not available through JSTOR, though they usually are through other e-sources.

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.

National Council of Teachers of English Journals – Journals published by the NCTE with content reflecting current research, trends, and strategies, including Language Arts, English Journal, College English, and Research in the Teaching of English.

SAGE Education Full-Text Collection – A subset of Sage Journals Online, provides access to and advanced searching of the full text of 36 education-related journals.

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Handbook of Adolescent Literacy Research (2009)

Handbook of Early Literacy Research (2001)

Handbook of Reading Research, Volumes 1-3 (1984-2000)

Handbook of Research on Curriculum (1992)

Handbook of Research on Literacy and Diversity (2009)

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

Handbook of Research on New Literacies (2009)

Handbook of Research on Reading Comprehension (2009)

Handbook of Research on Teacher Education:  Enduring Questions in Changing Contexts, 3rd Edition (2008)

Handbook of Research on Teaching, 4th Edition (2001)

Handbook of Research on Teaching Literacy through the Communicative and Visual Arts (1997) (see also e-version below)

Handbook of Research on Teaching Literacy through the Communicative and Visual Arts, Volume 2 (2008)

Handbook of Research on Teaching the English Language Arts, 2nd Edition (2011) (see also e-version below)

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

Handbook of Writing Research (2006)

The Routledge International Handbook of English, Language and Literacy Teaching (2010)

The Sage Handbook of Educational Action Research (2009)

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Blackwell Reference Online – Provides full-text access to reference works in the humanities, social sciences, and business and management, see research handbooks and companions in Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, and other subject areas.

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.

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Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL) – 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.

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Scopus – Abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze, and visualize research.

Web of Science – 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.

  • See also our library’s Citation Indexes video tutorial on citation searching via the Web of Science and Google Scholar.

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Find Articles (via Columbia University Libraries) – To search multiple periodical indexes simultaneously within a variety of subjects and disciplinary subcategories.

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.

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.

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Academic Commons – Columbia University’s online repository, where current faculty, students, and staff can deposit the results of their scholarly work and research.

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.


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Ask a Librarian a Question – To explore a variety of kinds of research support: enlist basic library assistance via our 24/7 online chat service; 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.

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 – Interlibrary services for the retrieval of content (books, book chapters, journal articles, etc.) not available through the Gottesman or Columbia University Libraries.

Borrow Direct – Enables Columbia University students, faculty, and staff with library borrowing privileges and active e-mail accounts to borrow books directly from the libraries of Brown University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University; beginning in Summer 2011, select libraries of Harvard University and the libraries of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will join the Borrow Direct partnership.  There is a 6-week loan period, plus one 6-week renewal, subject to possible recall by the lending library.

Learning at the Library – The Gottesman Libraries’ blog via the Pressible platform, including content in many topical areas contributed by library staff members.

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