Databases for Education Research
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Using an appropriate scholarly literature database for your research is very important.
BU Libraries Search and Google Scholar are essential sources because of their relative size. There are around 40 million records available through BU Libraries Search, and untold millions through Scholar. These two databases are interdisciplinary, which means that you can find articles on medicine, history, engineering, art, and all sorts of other topics. However, size can work against finding good quality results.
Many library databases such as Education Full Text are much smaller, but are very useful because they are topic-specific to education. When you search a database that includes literature about education only, you will often retrieve better, i.e. more focused results from search terms.
Other things to keep in mind:
- BU Libraries Search primarily presents things we own or have access to.
- Google Scholar and other databases will occasionally present items we do not own or have access to. Check the Find At BU text, and also see our guide to accessing full text.
- Other smaller databases on education do provide great, customized search options. For example, in PsycINFO one can limit search results to those records tagged with the methodology “empirical study”.
Other, much smaller, “core” databases
See our Education research guides to get lists of resources by topic.
Additional databases of interest, depending on your topic
- Academic One File
- Academic Search Premier
- Child Development and Adolescent Studies
- EdITLib Education and Information Technology Digital Library
- Educator’s Reference Complete
- Kraus Curriculum Development Library
- LexisNexis Academic
- Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
- Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print
- Physical Education Index
- Project Muse
- Proquest Education Journals
- ProQuest Statistical Insight
- Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
- SIRS Knowledge Source
- Social Sciences Full Text
- Sociological Abstracts