Collections

Welcome to our collections! The great majority of education collections at Boston University are available electronically, but we have wonderful print collections as well. We also welcome all suggestions for new print or electronic resources.

Each month our staff builds an entrance display to highlight Pickering items, and many more books about education are also available at the Mugar Library.

Electronic Collections

  • Databases – Important databases to search for topics include the BU Libraries Search, Google Scholar, Social Sciences Citation Index, Education Full Text, ERIC, PsycInfo, and more.
  • eBooks – We offer access to literally millions of eBooks through regular purchasing and also through memberships in organizations like the HathiTrust.
  • eJournals – Our journal collections are also growing and currently number in the tens of thousands.

Please browse some of our new eResources as announced in our news feed.  Also, check out the Education Portal or our list of subject guides for more resources by topic.

Print Collections

Education materials in print form at Boston University are split between two libraries, the Pickering Educational Resources Library (PERL) and Mugar Memorial Library.  You can also browse lists of our new print books.

Located at PERL:
- Books for children and young adults
- Books and journals on pre-K to grade 12 educational practices
- Reference books in specialty areas
- Educational tests
- BU School of Education dissertations from 2000-present
- Pre-K-12 educational kits and manipulatives
- Pre-K-12 tapes, DVDs and CD-ROMs

Located at Mugar:
- Education materials on research and theory
- Higher education, psychology, health sciences, and other areas
- Reference books in specialty areas
- Books and journals

For more information on what materials are collected please see our Education collection development policy.