This guide will direct you to print and electronic resources for education related research. If you are a student teacher and would like information on lesson plans and curriculum development please consult our K-5 Student Teaching Guide or our 6-12 Student Teaching Guide.
If you need any assistance in using these resources or if you are having difficulty in locating information, please contact the Education Liaison Librarian.
Electronic Reference Databases
Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
Oxford Reference Online (ORO)
Individual Reference Titles
21st Century Education: A Reference Handbook
Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development
Condition of Education
Ref L 112 .N377 (print version)
Digest of Education Statistics
Ref L 111 .D536 (print version)
Education and Sociology
Ref LC 189.95 .E38 2002
Encyclopedia of American Education, 3 vols.
Ref LB 17 .U54 2001
Encyclopedia of Education, 8 vols.
Ref LB 15 .E47 20
Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology
Encyclopedia of Educational Research, 4 vols.
Ref LB 15 .E48 1992
Encyclopedia of Human Development
Encyclopedia of School Psychology
Ref LB 1027.55 .E523 2005
Encyclopedia of Special Education
Ref LC4007 .E53 2007 (print version, 3 vols.)
Encyclopedia of the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education
Gender and Education
Ref LC213 .G425 2 vols.
Handbook of Research on the Education of Young Children
Philosophy of Education
Ref LB17 .P485
Search the following databases to locate journal articles in the field of education. Many of the databases will require you to use WebBridge to locate the full text of an article. To learn how to use WebBridge, please watch our video tutorial (3.5 mins; includes audio).
If you would like to browse Geisel Library's collection of education related print and electronic full text journals go to Journal Finder's Social Sciences Journals listing and scroll down until you see the heading for Education.
Core Education Databases
With over 1 million abstracts to journal articles and government reports, ERIC is the premier resource for locating research in the field of education. Search by keyword or by ERIC's thesaurus of subject headings to locate articles and documents of interest.
ProQuest Education Journals
A collection of full text scholarly and trade journals relevant to the discipline of education. Articles cover all content areas, grade levels, and theories, philosophies, and methods of learning and education.
Teacher Reference Center
This database contains citations and abstracts to over 250 journals for the K-12 practicing educator to utilize, the collection is especially strong in education trade journals.
Academic Search Premier
You can use Academic Search Premier to locate research on the practice and study of education as well as the history, philosophy, and/or theory of education.
Databases in Related Fields
America: History and Life
Use America: History and Life to locate research on the history of education.
Use Philosopher's Index to locate research on the philosophy, theory, and ethics of education.
Project MUSE provides full text access to more than 200 journals in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and hard sciences. As an interdisciplinary database you will be able to pull up research on the subject of education from a variety of different disciplines.
Being an interdiscplinary database, you can use ProQuest Central to locate research on the practice and study of education as well as the history, philosophy, and/or theory of education.
PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES
Use PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES to locate articles on education, child development, and learning from a psychological perspective.
Use SocINDEX to research how education affects society and conversely, how society affects education. In addition to containing articles from an academic sociological approach, SocINDEX also contains articles on education from a social work practitioner perspective.
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (WPSA)
Use WPSA to research domestic and international public policy, legislation, and government programs affecting education.
Geisel Library Catalog
Search the library catalog to locate books in Geisel Library. Most education books are located on the Upper Level of the library in the L through LT sections.
If you have searched the Geisel Library Catalog but could not locate a book on your topic try searching WorldCat, a database that allows you to search the collections of libraries throughout the United States. When you locate a title of interest, click on the ILL icon in the book's catalog record to request the item through interlibrary loan. Your book(s) will be available for pickup in the library within 7-14 days. For assistance in using this database please Ask a Librarian.
This library of thousands of e-books spans across all scholarly disciplines. Books can either be opened in QuickView for instant viewing or in the ebrary Reader (a downloadable plug-in), which provides enhanced functionality such as the ability to copy/paste, highlight, or take notes in a particular book.
Please note: While the websites listed below may have links to lesson plans and curriculum development resources you will want to consult our Student Teacher Guide for an extensive list of print and electronic resources that will assist in lesson plan and curriculum development creation.
Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Annie E. Casey Foundation performs extensive research on the state of the child in the United States. Much of the research focuses on social or community initiatives and their role in improving child development. Publication of note: Kids Count series.
Center on Education Policy
The Center on Education Policy's (CEP) research focuses on the U.S. public school system. Topics of research include assessment, testing, school violence, and funding.
Research available at Child Trends deals with public policy program evaluation, child welfare, child poverty, and the role of the family in school readiness and cognitive development.
Committee on Education and Labor
Use the House Education and Labor Committee website to stay informed of recent legislation affecting all levels of education in the United States.
A think tank that monitors education related legislation, Education Sector produces valuable reports on K-12 and higher education including funding, student loan debt, teacher quality, reform, and school choice.
Global Education Database
Collected by USAID and UNESCO, the Global Education Database is a great place to gather international education statistics, including female/male student enrollment, graduation rates, and literacy rates.
National Catholic Educational Association
Use this website to research the state of Catholic schools in the United States. A tremendous amount of data is available on this websites including enrollment data of K-12 and higher education institutions and SAT and other national assessment test results.
National Center for Education Statistics
The National Center for Education Statistics, a division of the U.S. Department of Education, is responsible for gathering and disseminating education related statistics and analysis. Research is available on topics as diverse as crime in the nation's schools to early childhood development to the assessment of the nation's public school system.
National Education Association
Serving as the premier professional association for public educators in the United States, the NEA makes available a wealth of information on its website. The "Issues and Action" link brings you to original reports and the "Tools and Ideas" link brings you to newsletters and lesson plan ideas.
National Education Association - Higher Education
This is NEA's higher education information portal, click on the "Research Center" link to access statistics. Publication of note: NEA Almanac of Higher Education.
National Institute for Early Education Research
Hosted by the Rutgers Graduate School of Education, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) deals specifically with the education of children aged 3-4 years. Topics with available research and data include program assessment, special education issues, English language learning, and school readiness.
New Hampshire Department of Education
This official web site of the New Hampshire state government has information on New Hampshire schools, curriculum, finance, credentialing, reports and statistics, assessment, and more.
RAND Corporation - Education Research Area
Topics included in RAND Corporation research reports are wide ranging, including children and adolescent mental health concerns, the effect of No Child Left Behind on teacher and school performance, and the assessment of charter schools, among others.
U.S. Department of Education
As the U.S. governmental agency dedicated to the study of education in the United States, the U.S. Department of Education's website makes available a wealth of research, reports, analysis, and statistics to practitioners and education researchers. Also of note are their publications and listings of education related grant opportunities.