International 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
Education full text (H.W. Wilson)
ERIC Education Resources Information Center.
ProQuest Dissertation and Theses
Worldwide political science abstracts


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.

Australian Educational Researcher
Australian Journal of Education
British Educational Research Journal
Canadian Journal of Education
Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy
Chinese Education and Society
Compare A Journal of Comparative Education
Comparative Education
Frontiers of Education in China
International Education
International Education Journal
International Journal for Education Law and Policy
International Journal on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Journal of Education for International Development
Middle East Education News Wire


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

Subject Headings

  • Comparative Education
  • Education and Globalization
  • International Education
  • International Education — United States
  • Multicultural Education

Selected List of Titles

American Multicultural Studies : Diversity of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality

Mugar E184.A1 A636644 2013

Contrasting Models of State and School : A Comparative Historical Study of Parental Choice and State Control

Mugar LC93 .A2 G57 2011

Educating Children in Conflict Zones : Research, Policy, and Practice for Systemic Change

Mugar LC71 .E282 2011

Education and Global Cultural Dialogue : A Tribute to Ruth Hayhoe

Mugar LC191 .E42 2012

Flat World and Education: How America’s Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future

Education LC213 .D37 2010

Global Sustainability and the Responsibilities of Universities

Education LB2324 .G55 2011

Learning at Not-School : A Review of Study, Theory, and Advocacy for Education in Non-Formal Settings

Mugar LC34 .S44 2013

Light in Their Eyes: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities

Mugar LC1099.3 .N553 2010

Schooling Internationally: Globalisation, Internationalisation, and the Future for International Schools

Mugar LC1090 .S423 2011

Social Studies and Diversity Education: What We Do and Why We Do It

Education LB1584 .S6369 2010

Transnational Higher Education in the Asian Context

Mugar LC1095 .T73 2013

The Wrong Kind of Different : Challenging the Meaning of Diversity in American Classrooms

Mugar LC1099.3 .R37 2013