September Databases: What Color Is Your Learning?
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 09/01/2014
Uploaded: 11/05/2014
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: Databases, Gottesman Libraries Archive, Gottesman Libraries' Education Program
Tags: Databases, learning, Research and Information

Description/Abstract: What kind of researcher are you -- a Googler, locally-based field-worker, or purist? Depending on your style, or the nature of your topic, consider the following options as you kick start the academic year:

Supersearch is a federated search engine that allows you to search most of resources at Teachers College (i.e. EDUCAT, E-books, and online databases) through a single interface, with both simple and advanced search options.

Quicksearch is the Columbia University Libraries' interface that covers CLIO, their catalog (books, journals, online resources, videos, and more); articles, (journal articles, e-books, dissertations, and more); Academic Commons (digital repository of Columbia research); and the libraries' website searching.

Google Scholar provides "a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research." Hint, be sure to visit Settings, and specify library links to Teachers College, Columbia University and Columbia University, so that you may more readily link to full text.

Meta by Provider - Once you have have clicked on a database from our A-Z list of Databases, you can go to Select Databases and choose more titles from the same provider -- Ebsco, Proquest, Ovid, or other. Once in ERIC Ebsco, for example, you can also select Education Full Text, Education Research Complete, and other resources that may be helpful. Note, keyword searching may work best here, as different databases use different prescribed subject headings or descriptors.

If you are more of purist and prefer to search "native" databases (i.e. one at a time for more focused searching), there are several key ones that are essential for all subject fields at the College:

ERIC is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide extensive access to educational-related periodical literature. ERIC (which stands for Educational Resources Information Center) provides coverage of conferences, meetings, government documents, theses, dissertations, reports, audiovisual media, bibliographies, directories, books, and monographs. In addition to this version, ERIC is also made available via the CSA-Proquest Illumina platform and via the U.S. government ERIC site.

Education Full Text provides comprehensive coverage of an international range of English-language periodicals, monographs, and yearbooks. Indexing coverage begins June 1983; abstracts are included beginning spring 1994; full text of some journals is available beginning in January 1996.

PsycInfo provides citations and abstracts to journal articles and English language books from 1806 to the present in the professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, and linguistics.

ProQuest provides broad multidisciplinary coverage of scholarly journals, newspapers, dissertations, and other types of publications.

Academic Search Premier is a multidisciplinary database providing full text for more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals.

JStor offers a high-quality, interdisciplinary archive to support scholarship and teaching. It includes archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. JStor Arts and Sciences Collection (IV) provides a strong focus on the professions of business, education, and law, and also includes titles in psychology and public policy and administration.

JStor Health and General Science Collection features important historical scientific journals and seminal publications in the health sciences, and it offers published scientific research from as far back as 1665. The collection includes publications of the Royal Society of London, which extend back to the seventeenth century, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, which dates from the early twentieth century. A cluster of titles in nursing and epidemiology is also available through the Health and General Sciences Collection today.

Digital Dissertations, a subset of Proquest, provides subject, title, and author access to almost all American dissertations accepted at an accredited institution since 1861. Masters theses have been selectively indexed since 1962. Abstracts are included for doctoral dissertation records from July 1980 to the present and for masters theses from 1988. In addition, the full text of dissertations published since 1997 (and some from earlier dates) is available.

And don't forget to check out the extensive collection of research guides for courses, programs, and departments available through Learning at the Library, our blog that offers research tips, event recaps, how-to's and best kept secrets.