Library Resources for International Educational Development and Comparative International Education Students
This virtual handout is intended as an overview of of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in the International Educational Development and Comparative International Education (IED/CIE) programs at Teachers College. The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected as ones supporting research in the topical areas the courses in the programs encompass. This blog post also includes a library services and publications section describing research consultation/assistance and document delivery/retrieval options available to all members of the Teachers College community.
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.
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 comparative international education, international educational development, 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.
- Comparative education
- Cross-cultural counseling
- Cross-cultural orientation
- Cross-cultural studies
- Education — International cooperation
- Education and globalization
- Education and state
- Intercultural communication
- International education
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.
- See our library’s video tutorial on searching EDUCAT.
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.
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.
Africa-Wide Information – Citations and abstracts for journal articles, books, and other types of publications pertaining to African studies across disciplines.
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.
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.
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.
FRANCIS – An international, multilingual, multidisciplinary database providing extensive coverage of the social sciences and humanities.
Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI) – Citations to articles and book reviews in scholarly journals published in Latin America and the Caribbean, or those dealing with topics relating to Latin America, the Caribbean, and Hispanic Americans.
International Bibliography of the Social Sciences – A valuable online resource for social science and interdisciplinary research, IBSS includes over two million bibliographic references to journal articles and to books, reviews and selected chapters dating back to 1951, providing broad coverage of international material and incorporating over 100 languages and countries.
International Political Science Abstracts – Indexes and abstracts articles in the field of political science (including the sub-fields of public administration, political theory, and international relations) published in journals and yearbooks published worldwide.
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.
PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) International and PAIS Archive – 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; coverage from 1915 to present. Also available through the new ProQuest interface.
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.
Public Administration Abstracts – Includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to public administration, including public administration theory, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline.
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.
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.
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts – Provides abstracts and indexing of the international literature of political science and international relations, along with complementary fields, including international law and public administration/policy. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,500+ serials publications and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and working papers.
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.
- See our library’s Super Search video tutorial.
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.
- See our library’s Google Scholar video tutorial.
Encyclopedia of Educational Research, 6th Edition (1992)
The Blackwell Dictionary of Modern Social Thought – Provides an overview of the main themes of social thought, principal schools and movements of thought, and those institutions that have been the subject of social analysis or engendered significant doctrines and ideas.
Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology: A User’s Guide to Sociological Language – Provides basic and secondary definitions for terms used in the field of sociology. Many entries have one or more readings, as well as bibliographic references for further study; also includes biographical sketches of prominent sociologists.
Encyclopedia of Education (2nd Edition) – The 2003 version of the classic resource in education and related fields.
Europa World Plus – Economic, political, historical, and geographic profiles of 250+ countries and global regions.
International Encyclopedia of Marriage and the Family (2nd Edition) – Includes articles specific to countries and to religious traditions, examining the history of family life within these cultures and discussing how families have been affected by political and social change.
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.
Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia – The first comprehensive gathering of scholarship on the subject, this resource records the contribution of women of Latin American birth or heritage to the economic and cultural development of the United States.
Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States – Draws together the diverse historical and contemporary experiences in the United States of Latinos and Latinas from the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Over 900 A-to-Z articles written by academics, scholars, writers, artists, and journalists address such broad topics as identity, art, politics, religion, education, health, and history.
World Education Encyclopedia (2nd Edition, 2002) – Provides detailed essays on the histories, legal foundations, and primary and secondary educational systems of 233 countries., including coverage of reorganized educational systems and high-interest topics such as technological advances.
World Factbook – Produced by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, this resource provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.
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), Caribbean Literature (a collection of poetry and fiction produced in the Caribbean during the 19th and 20th centuries), Ethnographic Video Online (intended to be a visual encyclopedia of human behavior and culture, online in streaming video), and 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).
CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online) – “Publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs. CIAO is also widely-recognized source for teaching materials including original case studies written by leading international affairs experts, course packs of background readings for history and political science classes, and special features like the analysis of a bin Laden recruitment tape with video.”
Ebrary – Online books across a range of subject areas; searchable, under All Subjects, by Education; Geography, Anthropology, Recreation; Language and Literature; 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.
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.
RAND Books and Publications – Contains citations and abstracts for policy-related materials produced by the RAND Corporation for 1946 through 1997, and full text from 1998 to present.
SAGE Education Full-Text Collection – A subset of Sage Journals Online, 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.
Culturally Competent Family Therapy: A General Model (1999) (see also e-version below)
Handbook of Research on Multicultural Education, 2nd Edition (2004)
Handbook of Research on Teaching, 4th Edition (2001)
Handbook of Research on Teaching Literacy through the Communicative and Visual Arts (1997) (see also e-version below)
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, Cultural Studies, International Studies, Linguistics, Psychology, Sociology, and other subject areas.
Culturally Competent Family Therapy: A General Model – A handbook of research on means of addressing “issues emanating from relocation and displacement, like acculturation versus cultural pluralism; different legal and social expectations; different languages, customs and, mores; new intergenerational conflicts as children take on the values and behaviors of their adopted country more quickly than their parents do; and sometimes the residuals of multiple traumas, including having witnessed genocide and political repression.”
Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning – The electronic version of the 2005 edition of a key resource for research in second language acquisition, TESOL, and related fields in applied linguistics.
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.
International Handbook on Globalisation, Education and Policy Research: Global Pedagogies and Politics – Aims to present an international overview of developments in education and policy change during the last decade, attempting in 47 articles to address some of the issues and problems confronting educators and policy makers globally.
Annual Reviews – Reviews of topics in biomedical, physical, and social sciences published as annual journals; see series for Anthropology, Economics, Law and Social Science, Political Science, and other disciplines.
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.
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.
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/.
Cabell’s Educational Directories (Educational Curriculum & Methods; Educational Psychology &Administration; Educational Technology & Library Science)] – A directory of academic journals in various subfields in education, providing information on publishing opportunities for authors, submission guidelines, types of editorial review and numbers of external reviewers, acceptance rates, and links to journal websites.
Directory of Development Organizations – Listing 65,000 development organizations, this directory is intended to facilitate international cooperation and knowledge sharing in development work, both among civil society organizations, academic and research institutions, governments, and the private sector.
Europa World of Learning – Lists and provides essential information about learned societies, museums, libraries, research institutions, and universities throughout the world.
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.
International Data Base (IDB) – A product of the U.S. Census Bureau, this resource provides statistics on country rankings, world population information, and tabular data for countries and regions as well as demographic indicators, population pyramids, and source information for countries.
Lehman Social Sciences Library International Statistics Page – An impressive gathering of print and electronic resources pertaining to key subject areas (education and energy, environment, health, population and demography, etc.) as well as major world geopolitical regions.
National Bureau of Economic Research – Contains the full-text of working papers from the Bureau, “a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works.” The NBER 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.
OECD iLibrary – The online library of statistical databases, books, and periodicals produced by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development.
For additional 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/.
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/.
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/.
Bibliography and Citation Management Programs
Comparison of Reference Management Software – An extensive description and guide to the use of BibDesk, EndNote, Papers, Mendeley, and Zotero and a discussion of their relative merits, produced by the Columbia University Libraries’ Digital Science Center.
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.