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:

Other, much smaller, “core” databases

Web of Science
Education Full Text
ERIC Education Resources Information Center
PsycINFO
ProQuest Dissertation and Theses

See our Education research guides to get lists of resources by topic.

Additional databases of interest, depending on your topic