Library Resources and Services for the Summer Principals Academy

| January 9, 2019

This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in the Summer Principals Academy.  The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected as ones supporting SPA’s objectives as “a transformative graduate programSPA-NYC-Cohort committed to promoting equity and excellence in education and overcoming the gap in educational access and achievement between the most and least advantaged groups in our country” through the encouragement of aspiring school leaders “to construct transforming possibilities for student learning, school design, social equity, and opportunity.”  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

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

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 Catalog – 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.

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.  WorldCat is also freely accessible on the Web at worldcat.org.

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 school leadership, transformative education, equity and excellence in 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.

  • Education — Finance
  • Educational accountability
  • Educational change
  • Educational equalization
  • Educational law and legislation
  • Educational leadership
  • Educational leadership — Moral and ethical aspects
  • School administrators
  • School improvement programs
  • School management and organization
  • School principals
  • Transformative learning

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Periodical Indexes

Business Abstracts with Full Text (CU) – Provides indexing and abstracting of articles from over 800 English-language business magazines and trade and research journals, plus the full text of selected periodicals.

Business Source Complete (CU) – Provides full text for over 10,000 scholarly business journals and other sources, including more than 1,150 peer-reviewed business publications, and more than 350 of the top scholarly journals dating as far back as 1922.   Coverage includes educational administration, management, and leadership and related topics.

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.

Index to Legal Periodicals and Books (CU) – Covers the contents of over 1,025 international legal periodicals and law books,  providing coverage of scholarly articles, symposia, jurisdictional surveys, court decisions, legislation, books, book reviews, and more.

Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective (CU) – Indexes the contents of over 750 legal periodicals published in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand published between 1908 and 1981.

PAIS Index (CU) – 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.

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.

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

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, 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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Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Print Resources

Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration (2006) [see also e-version below]

Encyclopedia of Educational Research, 6th Edition (1992)

E-Resources

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

Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration (CU) – “Presents the most recent theories, research, terms, concepts, ideas, and histories on educational leadership and school administration . . . [in] more than 600 entries, written by more than 200 professors, graduate students, practitioners, and association officials.”

International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (CU) – 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.

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E-Collections (Text, Images, Sound)

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

Emerald Insight – The dedicated research platform for Emerald Publishing, “a scholarly publisher of academic journals and books in the fields of management, business, education, library studies, health care, and engineering.”

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.

Nexis Uni (CU) (formerly Lexis Nexis Academic) – An interdisciplinary, full-text database of over 18,000 sources including newspapers, journals, wire services, newsletters, company reports and SEC filings, case law, government documents, transcripts of broadcasts, and selected reference works.

SAGE Knowledge (CU) – “A database of ebooks and reference books published by SAGE covering the social sciences and education, including such areas as African American Studies, Aged & Gerontology, Anthropology, Communication and Media Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Gender & Sexuality Studies, History, Politics, Psychology, Social Issues, Social Work & Social Policy, and Sociology.”

Westlaw – Contents include cases from the courts of all 50 states and the Federal courts; statutes from all 50 states and Federal statutes published in the United States Code Annotated; Federal regulations published in the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations; American Law Reports, a publication containing attorney-written articles that summarize and analyze case law on a particular legal issue; and American Jurisprudence 2d, a comprehensive encyclopedia of state and federal law.

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Handbooks of Research

Print Resources

Educational Leadership:  A Reference Handbook (2002)

Handbook of Adult Development and Learning (2006) [see e-version below]

Handbook of Research on Adult Learning and Development (2009)

Handbook of Research on Educational Administration, 2nd Edition (1999)

Handbook of Transformative Learning:  Theory, Research, and Practice (2012) [see e-version below]

International Handbook of Educational Leadership and Administration (1996) [see also e-version below]

International Handbook on the Preparation and Development of School Leaders (2008)

The SAGE Handbook of Educational Leadership:  Advances in Theory, Research, and Practice (2005)

Second International Handbook of Educational Leadership and Administration (2002) [see also e-version below]

E-Resources

Handbook of Adult Development and Learning – This work comprises 22 chapters divided into the following six parts:  (1) Foundations; (2) Do Development and Learning Fuel One Another in Adulthood? Four Key Areas; (3) The Self-System in Adult Development and Learning; (4) The Higher Reaches of Adult Development and Learning; (5) Essential Contexts for the Learning, Developing Adult; and (6) Adult Development and Learning, Measured and Applied.

Handbook of Transformative Learning:  Theory, Research, and Practice (CU) – The work is made up of 34 chapters divided into six sections:  (1) Setting the Context; (2) Exploring the Theory of Transformative Learning:  Diverse Perspectives; (3) Transformative Learning:  Culture, Positionality, and International Perspectives; (4) Transformative Learning: Central Concepts and Settings; (5) Fostering Transformative Learning: Practices and Ethics; and (6) Reflecting on the Future of Transformative Learning.

International Handbook of Educational Leadership and Administration (CU) – This 1996 research handbook comprises 32 chapters, by various experts in the field, divided into five parts:  The Context for Educational Leadership and Administration; The Development of Educational Leadership and Administration; Cognitive Perspectives on Educational Leadership and Administration; Conceptions of Leadership and Administrative Practice; and Critical Perspectives on Educational Leadership and Administration.

The SAGE Handbook of Educational Leadership:  Advances in Theory, Research, and Practice, 2nd Edition (CU) – Published in 2011, this work comprises 23 chapters divided into five sections:  Part I, Multiple Lenses of Democratic Leadership; Part II, Management Organization, and Law; Part III, Educational Politics and Policy:  Creating Effective, Equitable, and Democratic Schools; Part IV, Theories of Leadership: Research Problems and Practices; and Part V, The Micropolitics of School Leadership.

Second International Handbook of Educational Leadership and Administration (CU) – This 2002 work is made up of 40 chapters by experts in the field, in six parts:  Leadership and School Improvement; Leadership in the Creation of Community; Leadership in Diverse Contexts and Cultures; Organizational Learning and Leadership; Contexts for Leadership at the Beginning of the Twenty-first Century; and Leadership Development.

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Reviews of Research

Annual Reviews (CU) – Reviews of topics in social sciences and other disciplines published as annual journals; see series for Economics, Law and Social Science, Political Science, and others.

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 (CU) – 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 (CU) – 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 a Question – 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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