Library Resources and Services for A&H 5001, Research Methods in Arts Education: Focus on Qualitative Research

| July 23, 2019

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services ofFind-Your-Fit-English particular relevance for students in Professor Janet Miller’s Summer 2019 course A&H 5001, Research Methods in Arts Education:  Focus on Qualitative Research.  These e-resources have been selected to support the objectives of the course, i.e., to serve as an “introductory course in qualitative forms of education research . . . geared specifically toward the needs and interests of English Education In-Step students.”  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.

Library Resources

Online Catalogs

Periodical Indexes

Federated Search Engines

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

E-Collections (Text, Images, Sound)

Handbooks of Research

Reviews of Research

Citation Indexes

Digital Archives

Bibliography and Citation Management Programs

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.

Online Catalogs

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.

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.  WorldCat is also freely accessible on the Web at

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 on qualitative research, action research, teacher research, 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
  • Education — Research
  • Group decision making
  • Interaction analysis in education
  • Participant observation
  • Qualitative research
  • Qualitative research — Methodology
  • Social participation
  • Social sciences — Methodology
  • Teaching — Research

To find works pertaining to English education, including the teaching of reading, writing, literature, and related arts education subjects, it may be useful to use some of the subject terms, or combinations of terms, listed below.

  • American literature — Study and teaching
  • Creative writing — Study and teaching
  • Curriculum change
  • Curriculum planning
  • Education — Aims and objectives
  • Education — Curricula
  • Education, Rural
  • English language — Composition and exercises
  • English language — Composition and exercises — Study and teaching
  • English language — Grammar — Study and teaching
  • English language — Rhetoric
  • English language — Rhetoric — Study and teaching
  • English language — Study and teaching
  • English language — Study and teaching — Foreign speakers
  • English language — Writing — Study and teaching
  • English literature — Study and teaching
  • English teachers — Training of
  • Feminism and education
  • Graphic novels
  • Individualized reading instruction
  • Interactive multimedia
  • Language arts
  • Literacy
  • Literacy — Social aspects
  • Literature — Study and teaching
  • Media programs — Education
  • Music — Instruction and study
  • Reading
  • Reading (Elementary)
  • Reading teachers — Training of

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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 (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.

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.

Essay and General Literature Index (CU) – 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 Index Retrospective (CU) – Coverage, from 1907 through 1984, includes a wide range of interdisciplinary fields in a broad array of humanities and social sciences journals.

Humanities Full Text (CU) – Includes 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 (formerly British Humanities Index) (CU) – “An international abstracting and indexing tool for research in the humanities,” this resource “indexes over 320 internationally respected 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 (ProQuest) (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.  MLA International Bibliography (Ebsco) (CU) is also available.

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 (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.

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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Federated Search Engines

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.

Super Search (via Gottesman Libraries) – To search some or all of our periodical indexes and EDUCAT 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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Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

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 – 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 American Literature (CU) – This 2004 resource comprises “350 essays from leading scholars, encompassing the range and depth of American literary history from the 1600s to the present day. The Encyclopedia includes essays on poets, playwrights, essayists, and novelists, as well as major works and essays on literary movements, periods, and themes”

Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature (CU) – Published in 2006, the Encyclopedia “provides comprehensive coverage of literature from the Abbey Theatre to Israel Zangwill, covering the entire history of literature in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland in the major literary languages (Anglo-Saxon, English, Welsh, Scots, Irish, and Latin). It includes substantial accounts of individual authors (e.g., Spenser, Pope, Austen) and detailed histories of particular themes, movements, genres, and institutions, whose impact upon the writing or the reading of literature was significant (e.g., The Stationers’ Company, the sonnet, the School of Night, or the Sublime).”


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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), Film Scripts Online (a searchable full-text database of screenplays and shooting scripts), Dance Online:  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), Music Online:  Opera in Video (streaming video database containing important opera performances), Theatre in Video:  Volume 1 and Theatre in Video:  Volume 2 (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.”

Ebook Central – Online books across a range of subject areas; searchable, under Browse Subjects, by Arts, Education, Literature & Language, etc., and various sub-topics, and by author, title, and other criteria.

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.  The 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 (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.

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.

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Handbooks of Research

Print Resources

Handbook of Adolescent Literacy Research (2009)

Handbook of Early Literacy Research, Volume 3 (2011) (see also e-version below)

Handbook of Qualitative Research in Education (1991)

Handbook of Reading Research, Volumes 1-2 (1991)

Handbook of Reading Research, Volume 3 (2000)

Handbook of Reading Research, Volume 4 (2011) (see also e-version below)

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) (see also 2nd Edition e-version below)

Handbook of Research on Teacher Education:  Enduring Questions in Changing Contexts, 3rd Edition (2008) (see also e-version below)

Handbook of Research on Teaching, 5th Edition (2016) (see also e-version below)

Handbook of Research on Teaching Literacy through the Communicative and Visual Arts (2005) (see also e-version below)

Handbook of Research on Teaching the English Language Arts, 3rd Edition (2011) (see also 2nd Edition e-version below)

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

Handbook of Writing Research (2006) (see also 2nd Edition e-version below)

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

The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research, 4th Edition (2011)


Handbook of Early Literacy Research, Volume 3 – “The Handbook examines the full range of factors that shape learning in and out of the classroom, from basic developmental processes to family and sociocultural contexts, pedagogical strategies, curricula, and policy issues. Highlights of Volume 3 include cutting-edge perspectives on English language learning; innovative ways to support print knowledge, phonological awareness, and other code-related skills; and exemplary approaches to early intervention and teacher professional development.”

Handbook of Reading Research, Volume 4 – “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 Reading Comprehension, 2nd Edition – This 2017 “reference work and professional resource, now substantially revised, integrates classic and cutting-edge research on how children and adolescents make meaning from text . . . Preeminent researchers offer a range of perspectives–cognitive, neuroscientific, sociocultural, pedagogical, and technological–on key aspects of comprehension. Effective approaches to assessment, instruction, and intervention are reviewed. The volume also addresses issues in teaching specific populations, including struggling readers and English language learners.”

Handbook of Research on Teaching – Comprising 23 chapters by experts in the field, this core resource covers topics “ranging from the history of teaching to technological and literacy issues”; in each chapter, “the authors summarize the state of the field while providing conceptual overviews of critical topics related to research on teaching.”

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 (CU) – 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.

Handbook of the Arts in Qualitative Research:  Perspectives, Methodologies, Examples, and Issues (CU) – The Handbook, published in 2008, is “designed as an exploration into a range of alternative researching possibilities that fuse the creative and imaginative possibilities of the arts with social science research. It is intended to provide a context, inspiration, and structure to facilitate new and experienced scholars’ inquiries into elements or aspects of research methods appropriate to their current and future work.”

Handbook of Writing Research – This 2015 research compendium “synthesizes current knowledge on writing development and instruction at all grade levels. Prominent scholars examine numerous facets of writing from sociocultural, cognitive, linguistic, neuroscience, and new literacy/technological perspectives. The volume reviews the evidence base for widely used instructional approaches, including those targeting particular components of writing. Issues in teaching specific populations–including students with disabilities and English learners–are addressed.”

International Handbook of Research in Arts Education (CU) – This 2007 work “is organized into 13 sections, each centering on a major area or issue in arts education research. These areas include: History of arts education, curriculum, evaluation, cultural centers, appreciation, composition, informal learning, child culture, creativity, the body, spirituality, and technology. The individual chapters address cross-cultural research related to the central theme of the section from the perspectives of the particular arts discipline. Interludes provide reflective thoughts on the theme.

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Reviews of Research

Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL) (CU) – Provides listings of articles, books, reviews, etc., on British, American, and Commonwealth literature; selectively 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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Citation Indexes

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.

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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.

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.

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Bibliography and Citation Management Programs

Citation Management Software – An extensive description of and guide to the use of ZoteroMendeley, and EndNote, courtesy of Columbia University Libraries.

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Library Services and Publications

Ask a Librarian – To explore a variety of kinds of research support:  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 – 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.

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

Teachers College Record – Teachers College Record is a key journal of research, analysis, and commentary in the field of education. It has been published continuously since 1900 by Teachers College, Columbia University and is currently edited by the Gottesman Libraries Director and staff members of the library’s EdLab publishing team.  All faculty, students, and staff of Teachers College are entitled to free online access to TCR, which includes access to the entirety of the online archives beginning with the first volume.

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