Mathematics, Science, and Technology Research Guide

| August 16, 2010

This virtual handout is intended as an overview of of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (MST) at Teachers College, with an emphasis on materials of use to those in Professor Felicia Moore Mensah’s course MSTC 5001, Qualitative Research Methods in Science Education. 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 department’s 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 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

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 mathematics education, science education, 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.

  • Computer-assisted instruction
  • Computer managed instruction
  • Computer network resources
  • Computers and literacy
  • Education — Computer network resources
  • Education — Effect of technological innovations on
  • Educational technology
  • Information technology
  • Internet in education
  • Mathematics — Study and teaching
  • Science — Study and teaching
  • Teaching — Computer network resources
  • 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.

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

APA PscyNET – Single search interface for PsycARTICLES, PsycBOOKS, PsycCRITIQUES, and PsycEXTRA (see E-Collections below).

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.

Applied Science & Technology 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.

Biological Abstracts – An index with abstracts to periodicals in biology and the life sciences. Provides access to biological and medical research findings, clinical studies, and discoveries of new organisms. Coverage is from 1969 to present and is international.  See also Biological Abstracts Archive databases covering 1926 through 1968.

Biological and Agricultural Index Plus – Indexing and some abstracting of some 375 periodicals as far back as 1983, more than half of them peer reviewed; full text of articles from nearly 90 journals as far back as 1997.

BioMed Central – Provides access to 207 open access biological and biomedical research journals, as well as current reports and meeting abstracts.  BioMed Central offers information about current controlled trials, as well as topics in modern biology.

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 ProQuest platform, ERIC is also accessible via the U.S. government ERIC site, through Ebsco ERIC, and via all of these providers on the Columbia University Libraries website.

General Science Full Text – The H. W. Wilson science database comprised of abstracts, bibliographic indexing, and full text material from scholarly sources and specialized magazines. Indexing begins in 1984; full-text coverage in 1995.

GeoRef – Over 3 million references to geoscience journal articles, books, maps, conference papers, reports, and theses.

GreenFILE – Research database covering all aspects of the human impact on the environment,  including content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

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.

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.

MathSciNet – Provides citations, abstracts, and review texts of research literature in mathematics fields, including algebra, geometry, calculus, number theory, numerical analysis, and topology.

Oceanic Abstracts – Focused on worldwide technical literature pertaining to the marine and brackish-water environment, the database covers marine biology and physical oceanography, fisheries, aquaculture, non-living resources, meteorology, and geology, plus environmental, technological, and legislative topics.

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.

Water Resources Abstracts – Summaries of the world’s technical and scientific literature on water-related topics, covering the characteristics, conservation, control, pollution, treatment, use, and management of water resources, from 1967- .

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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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Encyclopedias

Print Resources

Encyclopedia of Educational Research (1992)

Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education (2001)

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.

Encyclopaedia of Mathematics – A comprehensive online English-language graduate-level reference work in the field of mathematics, comprising more than 8,000 entries and illuminating nearly 50,000 notions in mathematics.

Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics – Full text of over 2,750 articles, plus sophisticated search and retrieval functionality, and links to the primary literature.

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 Evolution – A comprehensive guide to the essentials of evolutionary biology, surveying essential concepts and theories, present methods, models, and findings, and discussing both the history of the field and current controversies; topics include Darwin, natural selection, human origins, behavioral ecology, diversity, mathematical models, and cell and developmental biology.

Encyclopedia of Global Change – Encompassing tsunamis, elephant conservation, ocean pollution, mining regulation, and permafrost melt, the 300 authoritative articles in this unique and wide-ranging encyclopedia investigate all types of phenomena that change life on Earth.

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 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 Life Sciences – A fully searchable collection of articles by scientists and historians in the fields of biochemistry and physiology, cell biology, developmental biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, immunology, molecular biology, neuroscience, microbiology and virology, plant science, structural biology, science and society.

Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences – Covers statistics, probability theory, biostatistics, quality control, and economics,  with emphasis on applications of statistical methods in sociology, engineering, computer science, biomedicine, psychology, survey methodology, and other disciplines.

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.

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.

Van Nostrand’s Scientific Encyclopedia – One of the most authoritative and accessible general scientific references available.  Topics covered include animal science, anatomy, astronomy, atmospheric science, chemistry, computer science, earth science, energy sources, information science, life science, mathematics, physics, planetary science, plant science, space science, and a host of other subjects.

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

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E-Collections

AMS Books Online – E-books published by the American Mathematical Society in the fields of algebra and algebraic geometry, analysis, applications, differential equations, general interest, geometry and topology, logic and foundations, mathematical physics, number theory, and probability.

BioOne – Provides access to critical, peer-reviewed research in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences through collaboration among scientific societies, publishers, and libraries.

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.

Science @ Cambridge – Databases, full text services, and other resources in the science fields from the University of Cambridge.

Wiley InterScience – Provides full text access to journals, reference works, books, and databases published by Wiley in all the science disciplines.

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Handbooks of Research

Print Resources

Handbook of Research on Mathematics Teaching and Learning (1992)

Handbook of Research on Science Education (2006) [see e-version below]

Handbook of Research on Science Teaching and Learning (1993)

International Handbook of Mathematics Education (1996)

International Handbook of Science Education (2003)

Second Handbook of Research on Mathematics Teaching and Learning (2007) [see also e-version below]

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 College Science Teaching – The 38 chapters are organized into eight sections dealing with attitudes and motivations; active learning; factors affecting learning; innovative teaching approaches; use of technology; special challenges; pre-college science instruction; and improving instruction.

Handbook of Research Design in Mathematics and Science Education – Offers 32 chapters in seven sections: the need to address priority problems; reflecting on instruments and methods; teaching experiments; classroom-based research; clinical methods; curriculum design as research; and toward assessment design.  Chapters cover topics such as standards-based reform, transformative teaching, and technology design.

Handbook of Research on Science Education – Intended as a comprehensive research handbook for the field, this work includes chapters on various aspects of science education within five organizing categories:  Science Learning; Culture, Gender, and Society and Science Learning; Science Teaching; Curriculum and Assessment; and Science Teacher Education.

Second Handbook of Research on Mathematics Teaching and Learning – Like its predecessor a project of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, this 2007 work is comprised of 31 chapters within six parts:  Foundations; Teachers and Teaching; Influences on Student Outcomes;  Students and Learning; Assessment; and Issues and Perspectives.

Second International Handbook of Mathematics Education – The 2nd (2003) edition covers the changes and developments that had occurred in the field since 1994; has a section focusing on public policy and mathematics education; and intends to provide research grounding for all those who shape educational policy pertaining to mathematics education.

Second International Handbook of Science Education – In this 2012 research handbook more than 100 leading scholars from the global science education community contributed 96 chapters in 11 sections focusing on sociocultural perspectives and urban education; learning and conceptual change; teacher education and professional development; equity and social justice; assessment and evaluation; curriculum and reform; argumentation and nature of science; out-of-school learning; learning environments; literacy and language; and research methods.


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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 Astronomy and Astrophysics; Biochemistry; Cell and Developmental Biology; Earth and Planetary Sciences; Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics; and many 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 – 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.

  • 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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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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Bibliography and Citation Management Programs

Citation Management Software – An extensive description of and guide to the use of BibDeskEndNotePapersMendeley, and Zotero, including a comparison of their relative merits, produced by the Columbia University Libraries’ Digital Science Center.

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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.

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