Library Resources and Services for Gender, Education and International Development

| October 30, 2013

Browse the following post to find out more about:

•Ask a Librarian Services

•Online Catalogs

•Federated Search Engines

•Periodical Indexes


•Reference Materials and Encylopedias

•Digital archives (i.e. Pocket Knowledge)

•Research Consultations

Ask a Librarian!

•Under library services on our homepage, click the ‘Ask a Librarian’ link to find out about how to make appointments with our librarians and library associates.

•Make an appointment for a research consultation using our automated support system.

•Stop in and see us at the services desk, on the first floor of Gottesman.

Online Catalogs

•TC Catalog – EDUCAT – searches print and electronic materials available through the TC Library, which may not always be available in other college libraries in Columbia

•CU Catalog – CLIO – searches the other university libraries and includes over 7 million items: books, journals, audio & video recordings, musical scores, government docs, maps & atlases, etc.

•Note: 15% of our libraries holdings are not available through CLIO!

Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)

•LC Subject headings 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 in comparative international education, international educational development, and related subjects, it may be useful to keep a short list of some key subject terms in your research area.

Here are some key subject terms for topics in Gender, Education & Development:

•Feminism and education

•Gender identity in education

•Sex discrimination against women

•Sex discrimination in education

•Sex role

•Women — Education

•Women in development

Finding Subject Terms for your Research

•The records for items in EDUCAT and other academic library catalogs offer valuable information you can use for further research

•Under the catalog record for a particular item, see the tab “find similar items” for linked subject headings that let you explore other works on similar themes and subject areas.

Federated Search Engines

•Search across many types of library resources simultaneously, from print materials to journals to e-resources and more

Quicksearch is Columbia University Libraries’ Federated Search which combs CLIO, as well as multiple periodical indexes, and other web resources simultaneously

Super Search is Gottesman Libraries search tool which combs through our periodical indexes, plus EDUCAT and CLIO, simultaneously for books, journal articles, reports, dissertations, etc.

Databases and Periodical Indexes

There are many databases and periodical indexes available for doing research about gender, education and international development issues.

Tip: Start your research with multidisciplinary databases available through Proquest, EBSCO

Remember: Each database or periodical index has its own “classification scheme” or method of organizing articles within its collection. Use the Thesaurus to search for subject terms that will allow you to retrieve all materials on your topic.

Multidisciplinary Databases: Academic Search Complete

• Academic Search Complete is 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. •Tip: View the full records for items and browse the Thesaurus to find the right key Subject Terms for your topic

Specialized Resources: Womens Issues

Contemporary Women’s Issues – “A selected full-text international resource (some material is abstract only). Includes book reviews, research reports, and fact sheets, in addition to journals and magazines. Some sources go back to 1992, but coverage varies by source. Much of the material in CWI is small-press publications, not necessarily scholarly journals” (description from CU Libraries Women’s Studies subject guide).

Specialized Resources: Economic Research

EconLit – The American Economic Association’s database of the literature in economics, containing citations, abstracts, and full text for economic research dating back to 1969.  Covers journal articles, books, collective volume articles, dissertations, and working papers, among other types of publications.

Specialized Resources: Education

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, 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 Retro – Provides cover-to-cover indexing for an international range of English-language periodicals and yearbooks; coverage from 1929 through mid-1983. •Specialized Resources: Education

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.

Specialized Resources: Gender Studies

Gender Studies Database – “Excellent resource for women’s studies. The majority of citations are to scholarly women’s studies journals and women’s studies materials, including citations to books and audiovisual material. Some material dates from 1972, the bulk from 1984 to present” (description from CU Libraries Women’s Studies subject guide).

Gender Watch – “Full-text and abstracts of scholarly journals (among them Critical Matrix, Hypatia, Columbia Journal of Gender & Law), magazines (the Advocate, Hurricane Alice, Lillith), newspapers (a complete run of off our backs from 1970 to present), newsletters, regional publications, books, booklets and pamphlets, conference proceedings, and government, n-g-o and special reports. Bulk is 1990 to present” (description from CU Libraries Women’s Studies subject guide).

Specialized Resources: Social Sciences

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences – 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.

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.

SocINDEX with Full Text – Offers comprehensive coverage of sociology, encompassing all sub-disciplines and closely related areas of study.  The database contains full text for more than 860 journals dating back to 1908, more than 830 books and monographs, and over 16,800 conference papers.

Sociological Abstracts – Abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences, covering such major areas as culture and social structure, family and social welfare, history and theory of sociology, radical sociology, rural and urban sociology, and the sociology of the arts, business, and education.

Specialized Resources: PAIS

PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) International and PAIS Archive – 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.  Also available through the new ProQuest interface.

Specialized Resources: Political Science

Worldwide Political Science Abstracts – Provides abstracts and indexing of the international literature of political science and international relations, along with complementary fields, including international law and public administration/policy. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,500+ serials publications and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and working papers.

Print Resources – Encyclopedias

•Encyclopedia of women and gender : sex similarities and differences and the impact of society on gender / editor-in-chief, Judith Worell •Gender and education : an encyclopedia / edited by Barbara J. Bank

Electronic Encyclopedias

Gender and Education:  An Encyclopedia – Aims to reflect the current state of scholarship and research on gender and education; entries deal with educational theories, research, curricula, practices, personnel, and policies, but also with variations in the gendering of education across historical and cultural contexts.

Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women:  Global Women’s Issues and Knowledge, Volume 1, Ability to Education:  Globalization – Featuring comprehensive global coverage of women’s issues and concerns, from violence and sexuality to feminist theory, the  Encyclopedia is comprised of over 900 signed A-Z entries from US and Europe, Asia, the Americas, Oceania, and the Middle East.

Women’s Studies Encyclopedia – A revised and updated edition of a key resource, the Encyclopedia includes the work of  close to 400 contributors and expands coverage of such areas as violence against women, women in public life, and women in specific countries and regions.


CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online) – “Publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs. CIAO is also widely-recognized source for teaching materials including original case studies written by leading international affairs experts and course packs of background readings for history and political science classes.”

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

Oxford Scholarship Online – Provides the full text of classic and newly published Oxford University Press books in linguistics, literature, neuroscience, psychology, and other disciplines.

RAND Books and Publications – Contains citations and abstracts for policy-related materials produced by the RAND Corporation for 1946 through 1997, and full text from 1998 to present.

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.

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

Reference Materials

Blackwell Reference Online – Provides full-text access to reference works in the social sciences and humanities

International Handbook of Comparative Education – This 2009 compendium “brings together leading scholars from around the world, who provide authoritative studies of the old and new epistemic motifs and theoretical strands that have characterized the interdisciplinary field of comparative and international education in the last 50 years”

International Handbook on Globalisation, Education and Policy Research:  Global Pedagogies and Politics – Aims to present an international  overview of developments in education and policy change during the last decade, attempting in 47 articles to address some of the issues and problems confronting educators and policy makers globally.

Searching for Dissertations

•Accessible from the TC Library homepage under “Library Resources,”  Proquest’s Digital Dissertations allows for easy searching of student’s digitized dissertations

Digital Archives

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.

Can’t Find A Particular Item?

If you can’t find a book or online journal article through our databases and can’t find it in print, submit a support request!

•If you discover that an item is unavailable through our libraries, feel free to Request Materials for purchase by Gottesman Libraries.

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.

Research Consultations – How to Make An Appointment

•From the TC Library homepage, under Library Services, follow the link that says Submit a Support Request. From the dropdown, choose “I would like to consult with a librarian about a research question.”

•What to include: A brief description of your research topic (1 or 2 paragraphs max please!), days of the week and time frames you are generally available to meet, and any other details you care to mention about the types of materials you’re looking for.

•Be sure to include your TC email! That’s how we’ll get in touch.

Further Questions? Stop by and see us at the services desk or send us an email through our automated support system, easily accessible from the Teachers College Library homepage.