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 and Information Technology
Education full text (H.W. Wilson)
ERIC Education Resources Information Center.
LexisNexis academic
ProQuest Dissertation and Theses


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 — Aims and Objectives — United States

Education, Higher — United States

Education, Higher — United States — Directories

Universities and Colleges — United States — Administration

Universities and Colleges — United States — Faculty

Selected List of Titles

Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education, Programs, Candidates

Education Reference L901 .A48

Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges: Descriptions of the Colleges

Mugar Reference L901 .B25

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

Mugar LC173 .L67 2012


College Blue Book

Mugar Reference LB2310 .F23

Divided Conversations : Identities, Leadership, and Change in Public Higher Education

Mugar LB2341 .E76 2013

Education in the Age of Biocapitalism : Optimizing Educational Life for a Flat World

Mugar LC1085.2 .P56 2013

Enhancing Campus Capacity for Leadership : An Examination of Grassroots Leaders in Higher Education

Mugar LB2341 .K452 2011

The Essential College Professor: A Practical Guide to an Academic Career

Mugar LB1778.2 .B85 2010

Establishing Academic Freedom : Politics, Principles, and the Development of Core Values

Mugar LC72.2 .C35 2012

The Fall of the Faculty : The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters

Mugar LB2341 .G496 2011

The HEP … Higher Education Directory

Education Reference L901 .H4

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

Reconstructing the Campus : Higher Education and the American Civil War

Mugar E541 .C65 2012

Under New Management : Universities, Administrative Labor, and the Professional Turn

Mugar LB2331.72 .M36 2011



1,296 ACT Practice Questions

Education Reference LB2353.48 A245

ACT Premier Program

Education Reference LB2353.48 A292

Cracking the GRE

Education Reference LB2367.4 .C73  2012

Educational Testing Service: Topical

Test Directory for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Official SAT Study Guide : For the New SAT

Education Reference LB2353.57 .A156 2005

College & University Associations