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Guide to Finding
the Best Resources

Welcome! This page highlights key resources for conducting effective information research in education.

If you need assistance identifying additional resources, search terms or strategies, please schedule a research consultation.

Personal Librarian: 
Jennie Correia
103 LeFrak Center, Barnard Hall

Reference Sources - Books & Media
Articles & Reports - Data & Stats 
Writing & Citing

Finding Background Information - Using Reference Sources

Consult scholarly reference sources to get an overview of a topic, an introduction to a theory, definitions to discipline-specific terms, and more.

Finding Books and Media Materials

  • CLIO
    Online catalog of the Columbia University Libraries, including Barnard Library, but excluding Teachers College and the Law Library.
  • Teachers College Library
    Great collections of materials of education. Search the catalog, Educat - Teachers College materials are not reflected in CLIO. Teachers College is on West 120th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.
  • New York Public Library (NYPL) catalog 
    Search the circulating and non-circulating research collections at the NYPL.
  • WorldCat
    Search libraries worldwide. If a title isn't available via Columbia University Libraries, you may request it via Borrow Direct or Interlibrary Loan.

Finding Articles, Reports, Conference Papers, Working Papers, etc. 

  • Education Full Text
    Citations, abstracts and full-text of articles in education periodicals and other publications.
  • Education Index Retrospective, 1929-1983
    Index to articles in education journals from the years 1929 to 1983.
  • Education Research Complete
    Citations, abstracts and full text for education journals and books.
  • ERIC
    The Education Resources Information Center is an online library of education research and information sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education, and contains citations, abstracts, and full-text for articles in education periodicals and other publications.
  • Google Scholar
    Only finds scholarly materials - articles, books and citations - but searches full text, and will often find too many irrelevant articles.  Go to Settings and enable "Library Links" for Columbia University - this will make the Columbia e-Link show up in the results list so that you can easily go to the full text.
  • ProQuest
    An interdisciplinary database with full-text articles and abstracts from scholarly journals, newspapers (including New York Times back to 1851) and dissertations.

Finding Data and Statistics

    Writing and Citing

    • APA Style 
      Get the basics from the American Psychological Association (APA).
    • Barnard guides to citation management
      Learn about citation styles, avoiding plagiarism, and different options for citation management software such as Zotero, EndNote, and Mendeley
    • Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
    • General and subject specific writing tips and techniques, along with research advice and detailed citation and formatting standards for the APA, MLA, and Chicago styles.

    Last updated January 29, 2016

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