AP550: Foundations of Higher 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.

Two largest:

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.

Google Scholar
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:

America, history and life (Online)
Education full text (H.W. Wilson)
Historical abstracts (Online)
LexisNexis academic
ProQuest dissertations & theses (PQDT)


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.

ASHE Higher Education Report
Black Issues in Higher Education
Canadian Journal of Higher Education
Chronicle of Higher Education
Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Higher Education
Higher Education in Review
Higher Education Perspectives
Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
Innovative Higher Education
International Journal on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Internet and Higher Education
Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
Journal of Higher Education
Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
New Directions for Higher Education
Research in Higher Education
Studies in Higher Education
Women in Higher Education

Research & Statistics


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.

Subject Headings

  • education, higher
  • education, higher — history
  • education, higher — aims and objectives
  • education, higher — United States
  • education, higher — directories
  • universities and colleges — administration
  • universities and colleges — faculty

Selected List of Titles

Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education, Programs, Candidates

Education Reference L901 .A48  2011

American Idyll: Academic Antielitism as Cultural Critique

Mugar HN90.E4 L58 2011

Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education : A Transformative Force

Mugar LC1100 .C63 2012

Association of American University Presses Directory

Mugar Reference Z475 .A88  2012

Between Citizens and the State : The Politics of American Higher Education in the 20th Century

Mugar LC173 .L67 2012

The Black Campus Movement : Black Students and the Racial Reconstitution of Higher Education, 1965-1972

Mugar LC2781 .R65 2012

Blue Book of College Athletics

Education Reference GV741 .F32  2012/2013

Called to Serve : A Handbook on Student Veterans and Higher Education

Mugar UB357 .H36 2013

College Blue Book

Mugar Reference LB2310 .F23

Directory of American Scholars : A Biographical Directory

Mugar Reference LA2311 .F42

Grant Seeking in Higher Education : Strategies and Tools for College Faculty

Mugar LB2336 .L54 2012

The HEP … Higher Education Directory

Education Reference L901 .H4  2013

Higher Education and International Student Mobility in the Global Knowledge Economy

Mugar LB2322.2 .G87 2011

History of American Higher Education

Education LA226 .T45 2011

History of Higher Education Annual

Mugar LB2300 .H55

Knowledge Matters : The Public Mission of the Research University

Mugar LB2326.3 .K63 2011

Leadership  for World-Class Universities : Challenges for Developing Countries

Mugar LB2336 .L43 2011

National Faculty Directory

Mugar Reference LB2331 .F70  2010

Perspectives on the History of Higher Education

Mugar LB2300 .H55

Reframing Academic Leadership

Mugar LB2806 .B583 2011

Values in Higher Education Teaching

Mugar LB1738 .H27 2011

Why Does College Cost So Much?

Mugar LB2342 .A685 2011



ACT Premier Program

Education Reference LB2353.48 A292  2009

Educational Testing Service: Topical

Test Directory for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

GRE Exam: Comprehensive Program

Education Reference LB2367.4 .G725  2007


College & University Associations