Library Resources for HBSE 4077, Teacher-As-Researcher

| October 20, 2011

This virtual handout is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in Dr. Russell Rosen’s course HBSE 4077, Teacher-As-Researcher.  The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected as ones supporting the objectives of the course, i.e.,  orienting students to “the role of teacher-as-researcher, in terms of classroom-based inquiry, ” as they begin designing their master’s projects, and helping them “translate basic research in the area of language acquisition, reading, syntax, semantics, discourse processes, and/or pragmatics into classroom pedagogy and research.”  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 and Dictionaries

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

Handbooks of Research

Reviews of Research

Citation Indexes

Tests and Measurements

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 (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 subjects relating to deaf education, teachers as researchers, 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 in education
  • Applied linguistics
  • Audiology
  • Deaf — Education
  • Deaf children
  • Deaf children — Education
  • Deafness
  • Discourse analysis
  • Grammar, Comparative and general — Syntax
  • Hearing
  • Language acquisition
  • Semantics
  • Sign language
  • Sign language acquisition
  • Teachers of the deaf

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.

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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, 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.

CINAHL Plus with Full Text – The online version of the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, providing full text for more than 750 journals indexed in CINAHL from 1981-present.

Cochrane Library – A collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.  Includes a section providing systematic reviews relating to the prevention, treatment or management, and (if applicable) rehabilitation of diseases of the ear, nose, or throat.

ComDisDome – Indexes and abstracts the communications disorders literature, with focus on speech-language pathology and audiology.  Subjects covered include audiologic management,  augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), communication mechanism and systems, electroneuronography (ENoG), hearing assessment, hearing conservation, hearing science, pediatric audiology, rehabilitative audiology, and speech/articulation.

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, 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 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.

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

MEDLINE (Ovid) – Ovid MEDLINE covers the international literature on biomedicine, including the allied health fields and the biological and physical sciences, humanities, and information science as they relate to medicine and health care. Information is indexed from approximately 3,900 journals published world-wide.

MEDLINE, MEDLINE Daily, and MEDLINE In Process (1966 to Present) (now known as MEDLINE In-Process & Other Non-Indexed Citations) -This database consists of In-Process and PubMed-not-MEDLINE records from the National Library of Medicine  The In-Process records are ones that will be put into the Medline database after they have been enhanced with MeSH headings.  PubMed-not-MEDLINE records are records from journals found in PubMed but not selected for MEDLINE.

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 – 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.

Sociological Abstracts – Abstracts and indexes the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences, covering such major areas as culture and social structure, family and social welfare, history and theory of sociology, radical sociology, rural and urban sociology, and the sociology of the arts, business, and education.

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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.

See our library’s Find Articles video tutorial.

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.

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Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Print Resources

The Encyclopedia of Deafness and Hearing Disorders (2000)

Gallaudet Encyclopedia of Deaf People and Deafness (1987)

The Gallaudet Dictionary of American Sign Language (2005)

E-Resources

Concise Encyclopedia of Sociolinguistics (2001) – The ninth in the acclaimed series of spinoff volumes based on the outstanding Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics; contains articles, including short biographical entries, providing comprehensive and authoritative coverage of all aspects of sociolinguistics.

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics (2003) – Covers many aspects of the multidisciplinary field, including sociolinguistics, language theory and history, language families, and major languages from all over the world (including major national/regional dialects), phonetics, formal semantics, and key figures and ideas in linguistics.

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

Encyclopedia of Language and Education (2008) – Comprises 263 entries on numerous aspects of education, language education, applied linguistics, psycholinguistics, and sociolinguistics.

Encyclopedia of Semiotics (2008) – A comprehensive reference guide to concepts in semiotics, sign theory, and cultural studies. Three hundred entries by leading scholars in a variety of fields—from anthropology and literary theory to linguistics and philosophy—survey the study of signs and symbols in human culture, covering key concepts, theories, theorists, schools of thought, and issues in communications, cognition, and cultural theory.

Encyclopedic Dictionary of Applied Linguistics:  A Handbook for Language Teaching (1999) – With over 300 entries of varying length, the volume includes essential coverage of language, language learning, and language teaching.

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.

International Encyclopedia of Linguistics (2003) – Encompasses the full range of topics in linguistics, including such areas as historical, comparative, formal, mathematical, functional, philosophical, and sociolinguistics. Special attention is given to interrelations within these branches of the field and to relations of linguistics with other disciplines.

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E-Collections

Ebrary – Online books across a range of subject areas; searchable, under All Subjects, by Education, Medicine, Science, Social Sciences, etc. 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.

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 Discourse Processes (2003)

The Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies, Language, and Education (Volume 1, 2003)

The Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies, Language, and Education (Volume 2, 2010)

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 StudiesLinguistics, and other subject areas.  Notable titles in the Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics series include The Handbook of Applied Linguistics, The Handbook of Bilingualism, The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics, The Handbook of Contemporary Semantic Theory, The Handbook of Contemporary Syntactic Theory, The Handbook of Discourse AnalysisThe Handbook of Educational Linguistics, The Handbook of Linguistics, The Handbook of Phonological Theory, The Handbook of Pragmatics, The Handbook of SociolinguisticsThe Handbook of Speech Perception, and many others.

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Reviews of Research

Annual Reviews – Reviews of topics in biomedical, physical, and social sciences published as annual journals; see series for Medicine, Neuroscience, Physiology.

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.

See a video tutorial from Columbia University Libraries at Using Citation Analysis Tools in Scopus.

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 a video tutorial from Columbia University Libraries at Using Citation Analysis Tools in Web of Science.

See also 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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Bibliography and Citation Management Programs

EndNote, Refworks, and Zotero – Endnote, RefWorks, and Zotero all support retrieval and storage of references from bibliographic databases and the use of that information in formatting in-text citations, footnotes, endnotes, and bibliographies.   This page on the Columbia University Libraries website provides the most complete information available on downloading or connecting to these three packages and on getting access to online tutorials, tip sheets, and other options for help in learning and using the programs.  For direct access to pages on the individual systems, see the links below.

EndNote – This page provides the means to download EndNote, for Windows or Mac, for free, and it links to the EndNote manual and other resources useful for navigating and mastering the program.

RefWorks – By logging in via this page, you can connect to RefWorks, set up a RefWorks account, and find a tutorial and other help options.

Zotero – This link takes you to a page where you can download this free Firefox extension and find extensive documentation on its use, as well as information on groups and forums in which you may want to participate.

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Library Services and Publications

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.).

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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