AP551: Issues in 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:

Academic search premier
EdITLib education & information technology digital library
Education full text (H.W. Wilson)
ERIC Education Resources Information Center.
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 — 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

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

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

Mugar LC2781 .R65 2012

Budgets and Financial Management in Higher Education

Mugar LB2342 .B3245 2011

The HEP … Higher Education Directory

Education Reference L901 .H4 2012

Higher Education and International Student Mobility in the Global Knowledge Economy

Mugar LB2322.2 .G87 2011

Higher Education to 2030

Education Reference LB2322.2 .H56 2008 V. 1

Leadership for World-Class Universities : Challenges for Developing Countries

Mugar LB2336 .L43 2011

Learning Our Lesson: Review of Quality Teaching in Higher Education

This e-book may be accessed via the SourceOECD database under Books on Education

National Faculty Directory

Mugar Reference LB2331 .F70 2010

Organizational Learning Contracts: New and Traditional Colleges

Mugar LB1029 .L43 G66 2011

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


  • 1,296 ACT Practice Questions – Education Reference LB2353.48 A245  2009
  • ACT Premier Program -  Education Reference LB2353.48 A292  2009
  • Cracking the GRE : Education Reference LB2367.4 C73 2012
  • Educational Testing Service: Topical Test Directory for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
  • GRE Exam: Comprehensive Program – Education Reference LB2367.4 .G725  2007
  • Official SAT Study Guide : For the New SAT – Education Reference LB2353.57 .A156 2005

College & University Associations