Resources for A&HA 5922: Master’s Seminar in Art Education (INSTEP)

| July 12, 2012

This virtual research guide has been created for students in Dr. Razia Sadik’s A&HA 5922 Master’s Seminar in Art Education (INSTEP). The resources listed should be relevant for students at any stage of the INSTEP program, from those formulating their thesis ideas to those completing their Master’s Special Project.

This guide was created by Allen Foresta and Leanora Lange.


Library Catalogs

Periodical Indexes


Citation Indexes

Reviews of Research

Handbooks of Research

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries



Tests and Measurements

Statistical Resources

Library Services and Publications

Library catalogs

Library of Congress 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 pertaining to art, art education, and related topics,  it may be useful to use some of the subject terms listed below when searching the online catalogs of libraries at Teachers College, Columbia University, and other institutions. A detailed description of how to find a subject heading and search for it in EDUCAT can be found here.

  • Aesthetics
  • Aesthetics — Study and teaching
  • Aesthetics — Study and teaching (Early childhood)
  • Art
  • Art — Research
  • Art — Study and teaching
  • Art — Study and teaching (Early childhood)
  • Art — Study and teaching (Elementary)
  • Arts — Study and teaching
  • Arts — Study and teaching (Elementary)
  • Child artists
  • Child artists — Psychology
  • Children’s art
  • Children’s drawings
  • Composition (Art)
  • Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • Creative ability in children
  • Drawing ability in children

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 – 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.

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

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.

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Periodical Indexes

Search Tips

These general tips can help you navigate any periodical index.

  1. First, if you are searching for a particular article, search by title or author.
  2. Otherwise, it is best to use Boolean search techniques, that is, use “AND,” “OR,” and “NOT” to refine the search terms. Most indexes have drop-down boxes with these Boolean terms as options.
  3. Most indexes have a thesaurus that is specific to that index alone. Utilize it to get exact subjects and keywords.
  4. Many indexes also have helpful tutorials on searching and other functionality.
  5. Once you have a list of results, most indexes allow you to further refine results by publication type, subject, year, etc. using limiters in a sidebar. Use these!
  6. Finally, the most important tip is don’t give up! Keep trying different combinations of terms and refining them as you go.

For more tips, see this video on search techniques, including Boolean searching.

Relevant Periodical Indexes

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.

JSTOR – Offers interdisciplinary resources covering the humanities, social sciences, and science. Of specific interest would be its Education, Art & Art History, and Architecture & Architectural History collections. Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1. Although it was originally developed as a resource to archive older journals and primary source materials, JSTOR’s content now includes some current journals and, starting November 2012, ebooks.

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.

Art & Architecture Complete – Provides full text coverage of 380 periodicals and 220 books as well as citations and abstracts for 780 academic journals.

Art Full Text – Indexes and abstracts art periodical literature from 1984 -; full-text from 1997 – .

Art Retrospective – Index to periodical literature in art  published from 1929 to 1984.

ARTbibliographies Modern – Citations and abstracts for publications on modern and contemporary art (20th-21st centuries).

Bibliography of the History of Art – Citations and abstracts for articles in Western art history periodicals and other publications.

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 CSA Illumina platform, also accessible via the U.S. government ERIC site, through Ebsco ERIC, and via ProQuest ERIC on the Columbia University Libraries website.

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.

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.

PsycINFO – Covers the scholarly literature in the psychological, social, behavioral, and health sciences.

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There are several ways to access a specific journal through library resources.

Option 1: To access all of the electronic journals available through Columbia University Libraries (which sometimes offer greater access to full text or more years of coverage), go to the Columbia University Libraries’ homepage, select the E-Journals tab, and search for your desired journal by title. If the Columbia Libraries subscribe to the journal, you will get a list of databases from which you can access it along with the dates available to you.

Option 2: To access electronic journals available through Teachers College, go to the TC library homepage, click on “Journals” (located under Library Resources), and search for the journal by title. If we have the journal, you will get a list of databases from which you can access it along with the dates available to you.

Option 3: If you are interested in an older volume of a journal that is not covered by options 1 and 2, then you should search for the journal title in EDUCAT. Older volumes are stored in closed stacks, but are available by request. Once you have found your desired volume in EDUCAT, click on the link that appears below it to request that it be retrieved from closed stacks.

Note: These techniques are for searching for a particular journal, not for articles within that journal. If you are looking for articles, you should use one of the periodical indexes above, which search thousands of journals at once.

Journals recommended by Dr. Sadik:

Studies in Art Education: A Journal of Issues and Research in Art Education

Art Education: A Journal of the National Art Education Association

Journal of Aesthetic Education

Journal of Social Theory in Art Education

International Journal of Art and Design Education

Journal of Cultural Research in Art Educationavailable only through Columbia libraries.

Australian Art Education – not available through TC or CU libraries. If you need articles from this journal, you can request them from the TC library.

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Citation Indexes

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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Reviews of Research

Review of Educational Research – A publication of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the RERpublishes 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 RREprovides an annual overview and descriptive analysis of selected topics of relevant research literature through critical and synthesizing essays.

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Handbooks of Research

Print Resources

The Art Teacher’s Desktop Reference (1994)

Handbook of Research and Policy in Art Education (2004)

Handbook of Research on Curriculum (1992)

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

Research in Art and Design Education:  Issues and Examplars (2008)

Research Methods and Methodologies for Art Education (1997)

Visual Arts Research:  A Handbook (1986)


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.

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 ArtLiterature, and other subject areas.

Visualizing Research:  A Guide to the Research Process in Art and Design – This book aims to guide postgraduate students in art and design through the research process.  The book describes and evaluates appropriate strategies for undertaking research in art and design, and it may help to embed research experience into contemporary practice.

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Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Print Resources

Encyclopedia of Educational Research, 6th Edition (1992)


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

Oxford Art Online (formerly Grove Art Online) – Searchable database of biographies, bibliographies, and image resources from Grove Art Online, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.

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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 rich collection of images and full-text documents relating to U.S. history and culture from the Library of Congress.

ARTstor – Digital images of architecture, painting, photography, sculpture, decorative arts, design and material culture.

CAMIO – Catalog of Art Museum Image Online is a growing collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums.

Columbia Image Bank – The Image Bank covers a broad range of subjects, cultures and periods. Users may access outstanding examples of the visual arts and material culture from the world’s major collections; stills of performance pieces; and photographs, drawings and renderings of architecture and sites. Hosted in ARTstor (see previous).

Columbia University Libraries Digital Collections – Digitized versions of diverse Columbia University Libraries collections, including a number of important art and image collections across cultures and historical periods.

Ebrary – Online books across a range of subject areas; searchable, under All Subjects, by Fine Arts; History (General) and History of Europe; Language and Literature;  Music and Books on Music; Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, etc., and various sub-topics, as well as by author, title, and other criteria.

New York Public Library Digital Gallery – Images from primary sources and printed rarities held by the New York Public Library.

Teachers College Art Collections – With over 1,000 digital images, this online resource represents the library’s entire collection of art. These images are a resource for both teaching and research, as well as a historical representation of the College’s dedication to art and art education.

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Locating physical archives

There are several ways to locate primary resources that may be of interest to you. These include searching online catalogs, national or institutional archival databases, or inquiring directly at individual institutions.

Any institution could potentially have an archive, from a small theater to governmental agencies or corporations. If you have an interest in a particular institution, you should contact that institution directly to inquire if they have an archive and whether you may access it.

Here is a very small selection of some of New York City’s largest institutions with physical archives:

Columbia University’s Archival Collections Portal

New York Public Library Archival Materials

Finding Aids Portal for New York University’s Fales Library & Special Collections,  The Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor ArchivesNew York University ArchivesNew York Historical Society, and the Brooklyn Historical Society.

If you are curious to see where else in the world collections on an individual or group may be held, you can search Worldcat (short for “world catalog”). To do this, use the advanced search, select “archival material” as the format, and search by keyword. Once you locate a collection of interest, you can inquire at the individual institution to get access.

Archive Finder is another large directory of archival materials which indexes names and detailed subject heading for collections and repositories in the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland. Beware that the search results are not listed by relevance but in alphabetical order.

For further tips, visit the Columbia University subject guide for archives and manuscripts collections, which offers a wealth of resources on searching for archival collections at Columbia and beyond.

Using a Finding Aid

Finding aids are the documents created by archivists to describe and give context to collections and help users identify what parts of the collection are of interest to them. They usually consist of the following sections, which may vary in title:

  • Title and years of coverage: The title is usually the name of the person who collected the documents. While the collection will be most closely related to this person, it may hold contents of interest on other individuals. Be sure the years match those you are interested in.
  • Overview: provides the size of the collection (usually in linear feet or number of boxes), its creator, and a brief abstract.
  • Administrative information: details guidelines for citation and any access restrictions.
  • Historical or biographical note: summarizes the life of an individual or the history of an institution and can serve as a starting point for further biographical research.
  • Scope and content note: describes the content of the collection including topics, types of materials, and years covered.
  • Arrangement: lists the hierarchical order of the collection as it has been arranged in the archive.
  • Box and folder list: details the box and/or folder numbers of the collection and their contents.

Knowing these essential parts of a finding aid can help you decide if a collection is relevant and which boxes or folders to request when onsite. It is important to note that access policies vary by institution and by collection, so you should make sure you are able to access a collection before visiting the institution.

This is an example of a typical finding aid.

For further guidance on finding aids, see San Diego State University’s online tutorial on using finding aids.

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Tests and Measurements

Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HAPI) – Information on approximately 15,000 measurement instruments (i.e. questionnaires, interview schedules, checklists, coding schemes, rating scales, etc.) in the fields of health and psychosocial sciences.

Mental Measurements Yearbook (Ovid) – Produced by the Buros Institute, this database contains extensive information about and reviews of English-language, commercially available, standardized tests covering educational skills, personality, vocational aptitude, psychology, and related areas, as included in the printed Mental Measurements Yearbooks.

For further information on access to actual tests, measurements, instruments, scales, etc., see our Knowledge Database entry at

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Statistical Resources

For information on access to statistical resources of various kinds, see our Knowledge Database entry at

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Library Services and Publications

All students, faculty, and researchers also have access to a number of important library services and publications provided to support and facilitate research and study in their particular programs and disciplines.

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.).

Request Materials – Request any materials (books, book chapters, journal articles, etc.)  that are not available through the Gottesman or Columbia University Libraries. The library will either get this material for you via interlibrary loan or, more commonly, purchase it for the library collection.


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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