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.
Journal of Education
Journal of Negro Education
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.
- Academic Achievement
- School Improvement Programs
- Educational Equalization
Select Print Books
The 3 Dimensions of Improving Student Performance: Finding the Right Solutions to the Right Problems
Education LB1062.6 .R84 2011
The African American Struggle for Secondary Schooling, 1940-1980 : Closing the Graduation Gap
Mugar LC2717 .R87 2012
Character Compass : How Powerful School Culture Can Point Students Toward Success
Education LC311 .S45 2012
Closing the Teaching Gap: Coaching for Instructional Leaders
Education LB1731 .B276 2012
Deliverology 101 : A Field Guide for Educational Leaders
Education LB2822.82 .B36 2011
Diversity Awareness for K-6 Teachers: The Impact on Student Learning
Education LB1576 .M3987 2011
Education in the Best Interests of the Child : A Children’s Rights Perspective on Closing the Achievement Gap
Mugar LC213 .H69 2013
Equity and Excellence in Education : Towards Maximal Learning Opportunities for All Students
Mugar LC213 .E676 2011
The Future of School Integration : Socioeconomic Diversity as an Education Reform Strategy
Mugar LC214.2 .F88 2012
Gentrification and Schools : The Process of Integration when Whites Reverse Flight
Mugar LC214.2 .S76 2012
The Highly Qualified Teacher: What is Teacher Quality and How Do We Measure It?
Mugar LB3051 .S882 2011
Improving Formative Assessment Practice to Empower Student Learning
Education LB2822.75 .I52 2012
Kids Don’t Want to Fail : Oppositional Culture and Black-White Achievement Gap
Mugar LC2717 .H37 2011
Leading Technology-Rich Schools : Award-Winning Models for Success
Mugar LB2805 .L392 2012
Making All Kids Smarter: Strategies that Help All Students Reach their Highest Potential
Education LB1062.6 .D45 2011
Pressing Forward: Increasing and Expanding Rigor and Relevance in America’s High Schools
Mugar LA222 .P74 2012
Southern Stalemate : Five Years Without Public Education in Prince Edward County, Virginia
Mugar LC214.22 .V8 B66 2012
Spotlighting the Strengths of Every Single Student: Why U.S. Schools Need a New Strengths-Based Approach
Mugar LB1031 .J63 2011
Transforming City Schools Through Art: Approaches to Meaningful K-12 Learning
Mugar NX280 .T75 2012
Bureau of Economic Analysis
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Health Statistics
Statistical Abstracts of the United States
U.S. Census Bureau
United States Department of Education – Research & Statistics
Institute of Education Sciences (IES)
What Works Clearing House
Evidence Based Practice
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Condition of Education
Digest of Education Statistics
Projections of Education Statistics
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
Common Core of Data: Information on Public Schools and School Districts in the United States
Department of Education: Doing What Works: School Improvement
School Data Direct