Library Resources for Communications, Computing, and Technology in Education

| December 1, 2011

This virtual handout is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in the  Communications, Computing, and Technology in Education Program.  The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected as ones supporting the objectives of the program, i.e., to move “toward two poles of understanding and practice: toward a comprehensive understanding of the cultural and historical implications of new technologies for education and life, and toward purposefully selecting and shaping the uses of new media in educational practice at all levels and subject areas.”  This blog post 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

E-Collections

Handbooks of Research

Reviews of Research

Citation Indexes

Tests and Measurements

Digital Archives

Statistical Resources

Numeric Data Resources

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Resources

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 (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 pertaining to communications, computing, and technology in education 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.

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Cognitive science
  • Communication
  • Communication — Research
  • Communication and technology
  • Communication in education
  • Computer-assisted instruction
  • Computer games — Design
  • Computer literacy
  • Computer managed instruction
  • Computer network resources
  • Computers and civilization
  • Computers and literacy
  • Digital communications
  • Digital media
  • Discourse analysis
  • Discourse analysis — Social aspects
  • Distance education
  • Education — Computer network resources
  • Education — Effect of technological innovations on
  • Educational technology
  • Information literacy
  • Information technology
  • Instant messaging
  • Interactive multimedia
  • Internet
  • Internet in education
  • Language and culture
  • Language and languages
  • Linguistics
  • Mass media — Technological innovations
  • Mass media in education
  • Media literacy
  • Multimedia systems
  • Popular culture
  • Semiotics
  • Social media
  • Social networks
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Teaching — Computer network resources
  • Technological innovations
  • Technological innovations — Social aspects
  • Technology — Political aspects
  • Technology — Social aspects
  • Technology and children
  • Video games — Design
  • Video games and children
  • Virtual reality in education
  • Web-based instruction

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.

  • 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 – 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.

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Periodical Indexes

ACM Digital Library – A comprehensive collection of full-text articles and bibliographic records covering the fields of computing and information technology. The full-text database includes the complete collection of publications, including journals, conference proceedings, magazines, newsletters, and multimedia titles of ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery.

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.

Anthropological Index Online – The index  to  journals currently received by the Anthropology Library at the British Museum’s Centre for Anthropology.

Anthropology Plus – Provides worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, and edited works in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies.

AnthroSource – Covers current issues of the American Anthropology Association’s journals and bulletins, as well as archived issues of all of the AAA’ s journals, newsletters, and bulletins.

Applied Science Full Text – Indexes international English-language periodicals in the applied sciences and technology. Areas covered include engineering, chemistry, mathematics, physics, computer technology, and energy-related disciplines.

Communication Abstracts – A comprehensive source of information about communication-related publications on a world-wide scale. Containing over 244,000 records, Communication Abstracts covers major journals in communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields of study to create a research and reference resource that encompasses the breadth of communication discipline and depth encompasses the breadth of the communication discipline.

EdITLib (Education & Information Technology Digital Library) – Database of peer-reviewed and published international journal articles and conference papers on the latest research, developments, and applications related to all aspects of educational technology and e-learning.

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.

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.

INSPEC (via Engineering Village) – Includes bibliographic citations and indexed abstracts from publications in the fields of physics, communications, computer science, information technology,  oceanography, environmental science, geophysics, biophysics, and many others.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts – Indexes more than 560 core journals, nearly 50 priority journals, and nearly 125 selective journals, plus books, research reports, and proceedings. Subject coverage includes bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management, and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s.

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts – Abstracts and indexes the international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics; coverage from 1973 to present.

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.

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

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.

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Federated Search Engines

Find Articles (via Columbia University Libraries) – To search multiple periodical indexes 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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Encyclopedias

Print Resources

Education and Technology:  An Encyclopedia (2004)

Encyclopedia of Distributed Learning (2004)

E-Resources

AccessScience from McGraw-Hill (The Online Encyclopedia of Science and Technology) – Full access to over 8,500 articles, 115,000 dictionary terms, 15,000 illustrations and graphics, bibliographies containing more than 28,000 literature citations, and frequent research updates in all areas of science and technology.  Also includes biographies of more than 2,000 well-known scientists.

Encyclopedia of Computer Science – With contributions from over 300 international experts, the 4th Edition contains over 600 articles covering diverse topics including artificial life, computer ethics,  data mining, Java, mobile computing, quantum computing,  and software safety.

Encyclopedia of Distance Learning – Offers comprehensive coverage of the issues, concepts, trends, and technologies of distance learning, addressing such topics as workforce training, accessing education, digital divide, and the evolution of distance and online education into a multi-billion dollar enterprise.

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

Encyclopedia of Human Computer Interaction – Covers a wide range of HCI-related topics, such as concepts, design, usability, evaluation, innovations, and applications of HCI in organizations around the globe.

Encyclopedia of Information Technology Curriculum Integration – Compiles 154 articles from over 125 international experts on information technology, constituting an important resource for integrating technology into the curriculum at all levels of education.

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.

Encyclopedia of Virtual Communities and Technologies – Presents an in-depth analysis of the conceptual and technical impacts of virtual environments in our global village, with emphases on telecommunications, Internet and Web technology, and computer science.

The International Encyclopedia of Communication – Divided into 29 editorial areas representing major fields of inquiry, including communication theory and philosophy, interpersonal communication, journalism, intercultural and intergroup communication, media effects, strategic communication/PR, communication and media law and policy, media systems in the world, and communication and technology.

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.

The Senses:  A Comprehensive Reference – 300 articles describing current knowledge on the anatomy, physiology, and molecular biology of sensory organs; topics covered include the perception, psychophysics, and higher order processing of sensory information, as well as disorders and new diagnostic and treatment methods.

Wiley Encylopedia of Computer Science and Engineering – Includes over 450 A to Z articles addressing the latest advances and findings in computer science,  in addition to important topics of interest to computer scientists and engineers, including standards, electronic commerce, financial engineering, and computer education.

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E-Collections (Text, Images, Sound, Etc.)

Books24x7 – Full-text books and journals covering over 90 technology topics with a focus on information technologies, including networking, programming languages, desktop applications, the Web, and more.

Ebrary – Online books across a range of subject areas;  searchable, under All Subjects, by Science, Technology, and various sub-topics, and by author, title, and other criteria.

JSTOR – 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.  Tthe most recently published issues (the past 3-5 years) are generally not available through JSTOR, though they usually are through other e-sources.

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

PsycARTICLES – A full-text database of journals published by the American Psychological Association and other publishers in subject areas such as applied psychology, health, theory, research, social/personality, and more.

PsycBOOKS – A full text database of books published by the American Psychological Association, classic books, and entries from the Encyclopedia of Psychology.

PsycCRITIQUES – Full-text reviews of current books and some popular films, videos, and software, as well as comparative reviews of books in the field of psychology.

PsycEXTRA – A gray literature database comprised of material written for professionals and disseminated outside of peer-reviewed journals; documents include newsletters, magazines, newspapers, technical and annual reports, government reports, consumer brochures, and more.

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

SAGE Psychology Full-Text Collection – Provides access to the full text of 34 psychology-related journals from SAGE Publications.

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.

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Handbooks of Research

Print Resources

Handbook of Research on Educational  Communications and Technology (3rd Edition, 2008)

Handbook of Research on New Literacies (2008)

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)

E-Resources

Blackwell Reference Online – Provides full-text access to reference works in the social sciences and humanities; see research handbooks and companions in Communication and Media Studies and other subject areas.

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.

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Reviews of Research

Annual Review of Applied Linguistics – Reviews research in key areas in the broad field of applied linguistics. Each issue is thematic, covering the topic by means of critical summaries, overviews and bibliographic citations. Every fourth or fifth issue surveys applied linguistics broadly, offering essays on language learning and pedagogy, discourse analysis, teaching innovations, second language acquisition, computer-assisted instruction, language use in professional contexts, sociolinguistics, language policy, language assessment, and other topics.

Annual Reviews – Reviews of topics in biomedical, physical, and social sciences published as annual journals; see series for Anthropology, Computer Science, Psychology, Sociology, and other subjects.

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, 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 – 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.

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.

  • See our library’s Citation Indexes video tutorial on citation searching via the Web of Science and Google Scholar.

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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 http://library.tc.columbia.edu/kb/idx.php/0/196/article/.

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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.

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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Statistical Resources

For information on access to statistical resources of various kinds, see our Knowledge Database entry at http://library.tc.columbia.edu/kb/idx.php/0/198/article/.

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Numeric Data Resources

For information on access to numeric data resources of various kinds, see our Knowledge Database entry at http://library.tc.columbia.edu/kb/idx.php/0/187/article/.

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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Resources

For information on access to geographic information systems (GIS) resources of various kinds, see our Knowledge Database entry at http://library.tc.columbia.edu/kb/idx.php/0/176/article/.

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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; or 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 – Interlibrary services for the retrieval of content (books, 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.

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