Adult and Continuing Education
About This Guide
This guide presents the resources the education librarian considers to be the most important academic databases to search, the leading journals to follow, and so forth. You’ll also find some tips to help you evaluate sources, organize your work, and accomplish your literature review.
If you are new to this topic, you may want to begin by finding background information through an encyclopedia such as Wikipedia or Britannica Online, though in most cases it is not appropriate to cite these in a college-level paper. Anyone can contribute content in Wikipedia – so watch out for biased viewpoints, incomplete or simply incorrect material.
Use these databases to discover articles, books, and other literature on your topic. Note that if you come across a citation without full text attached, do not assume the library has no access. Learn this nearly foolproof way to Get the Full Text of an Article.
BU Libraries Search
Our Search represents by far the most comprehensive grouping of resources we’ve ever been able to provide. You can find extensive search tips on our site, build an eShelf, and export citations to RefWorks.
Off-campus users need to set two “Scholar Preferences” to take advantage of library subscriptions: type “Boston University” in Library Links and also choose RefWorks next to Bibliography Manager.
Other important databases:
The best way to discover articles is to search databases (try Search) – you will be searching millions of records at once. But following journal literature periodically is still a very important aspect of scholarship. Depending on the provider, you may be able to set up Table of Contents alerts, save personalized searches, or even contribute to the editorial process.
Find each title below through our Search. The following journals are leading in this field.
Adult Education and Development
Adult Education Quarterly (American Association for Adult and Continuing Education)
Adult Learning (Washington, D.C.)
Studies in the Education of Adults
Discovering our print books and eBooks can be done through Search. Additionally, for more comprehensive literature reviews I suggest going beyond what BU already owns by using WorldCat. Current members of the BU community can borrow books that we don’t own through our interlibrary borrowing services. Other important book tools include the Internet Archive, Google Books, and of course Amazon.com.
- Adult Education
- Adult Learning
- Continuing Education
Selected List of Titles
Adult Learning and Le Recherche Feminine : Reading Resilience and Helene Cixous
Mugar LC5225 .L42 H677 2012
Art of Freedom : Teaching the Humanities to the Poor
Mugar AZ183 .U5 S56 2013
Facilitating Group Learning : Strategies for Success with Diverse Adult Learners
Mugar LC5225.L42 L35 2010
Handbook of Transformative Learning : Theory, Research, and Practice
Mugar LC1100 .H363 2012
Improving Learning through the Lifecourse : Learning Lives
Mugar LC5219 .I486 2011
The Jossey-Bass Reader On Contemporary Issues in Adult Education
Mugar LC5251 .J775 2011
The Learning Self : Understanding the Potential for Transformation
Mugar LC1100 .T46 2012
Radicalizing Learning: Adult Education for a Just World
Mugar LC5251 .B74 2011
The Struggle for Democracy in Adult Education
Mugar LC5251 .N48 no. 128 2010
Transformations : A History of UBC Continuing Studies
Mugar LC5254.3 .V36 M35 2012
Understanding and Supporting Adult Learners : A Guide for Colleges and Universities
Mugar LC5225 .L42 J33 2010
- Adult and Community Learning Services
- Center for Adult English Language Acquisition (Center for Applied Linguistics)
- Division of Lifelong Learning: University of Maine
- Intute: Social Sciences: Adult Education
- Literacy Information and Communication System
- National Assessment of Adult Literacy
- National Center on Adult Literacy
- New England Literacy Resource Center
- System for Adult Basic Education Support
Education and Work
- Center on Education and Work
- Education, Career and Community: NWREL
- Office of Vocational & Adult Education