Library Resources and Services for the Urban Education Leaders Program

| May 5, 2019

This research guide is intended to provide information about and links to key resources for research in the field of urban education leadership.  These e-resources have been selected to support the mission of the program, i.e., “to create highly effective district-level leaders capable of designing and implementing successful educational systems for urbanschool-leaders-in-class-discussion communities,” as well as its vision, i.e., “[to] provide students with an understanding of the importance of effective instruction and cohesive curricula . . . [and to] provide them with a basis for responsibly managing complex budgets and the ethical administration of sound policies and procedures.”  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.

Resources designated (CU) are accessible online through Columbia University Libraries.

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

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 urban education and leadership 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..

  • City children — Education
  • Education, Urban
  • Education, Urban — Economic aspects
  • Education, Urban — Political aspects
  • Education, Urban — Social aspects
  • Educational leadership
  • School administrators
  • School administrators — Training of
  • School management and organization [use for Educational administration]
  • Urban policy
  • Urban schools
  • Urban schools — Administration

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

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Periodical Indexes

APA PsycNET – Single search interface for PsycARTICLES,  PsycBOOKS, and PsycEXTRA; provides access to 100+ journals and 3,500+ books in the fields of psychology and psychiatry.

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.

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

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

Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology – An overview  for students, researchers, and professionals in the areas of psychology, business, management, and human resources, providing state-of-the-art research and ready-to-use facts.

Encyclopedia of Knowledge Management – Provides a broad basis for understanding the issues, technologies, theories, applications, opportunities, and challenges being faced by researchers and organizations today in managing knowledge, information resources, and information networks.

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 Education, Social Science, 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.

National Bureau of Economic Research (CU) – Contains the full-text of working papers from the NBER, which covers four areas of empirical research: developing new statistical measurements, estimating quantitative models of economic behavior, assessing the effects of public policies on the U.S. economy, and projecting the effects of alternative policy proposals.

Nexis Uni (formerly Lexis Nexis Academic) (CU) – 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.

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

The Bass Handbook of Leadership:  Theory, Research, and Managerial Applications, 4th Edition (2008)

Educational Leadership:  A Reference Handbook (2002)

A Handbook for Educational Leadership Interns (2007)

Handbook of Instructional Leadership:  How Successful Principals Promote Teaching and Learning, 2nd Edition (2004)

Handbook of Research in Education Finance and Policy (2007)

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

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

Handbook of Research on School Supervision (1998)

Handbook of Research on the Education of School Leaders (2009)

Handbook of Research on Urban Politics and Policy in the United States (1997)

Instructional Leadership:  A Learning-Centered Guide, 2nd Edition (2006)

International Handbook of Educational Leadership and Administration (1996)

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

The Praeger Handbook of Urban Education, Volume 1 (2006)

The Praeger Handbook of Urban Education, Volume 2 (2006)

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

School Leadership:  Handbook for Excellence in Student Learning, 4th Edition (2006)

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

Urban Education:  A Comprehensive Guide for Educators, Parents, and Teachers (2007)


Handbook of Urban Educational Leadership (CU)  – This 2015 resource “examines the community, district, and teacher leadership roles that affect urban schools.”  It intends to serve “as a foundation for pedagogical and educational leadership practices that foster social justice, equity, and advocacy for those who have been traditionally and historically underserved in education.”

International Handbook of Educational Leadership  (CU) – Published in 2017, this work “brings together contributions from authors in twenty-one countries, spanning six continents. Topics examined include leadership and aesthetics, creativity, eco‐justice, advocacy, Big Data and technology, neoliberalism, emerging philosophies and theories, critical democracy, gender and radical feminism, political economies, emotions, postcolonialism, and new directions in higher education.”

International Handbook of Urban Education (CU) – In seven major sections, this 2007 work examines urban education issues and trends in Africa, Asia Pacific, Western Europe, Latin America, North America, and the United Kingdom, with a Coda on the theme of an urban education dystopia, 2050, with responses from the six key regions treated in the previous sections.

Second International Handbook of Educational Leadership and Administration (CU) – Comprises 40 chapters divided into the following key sections:  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.

Wiley Online Library (CU) – Provides full-text access to reference works in the social sciences and humanities.  Notable titles include The Blackwell Handbook of Mentoring and The SMS Handbook of Organizational Capabilities, among others.

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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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