Subject Guides

Resources for Research in Counseling

This is the starting point for research in education. Link to resources for Periodical Reading Rooms or Test & Assessments here OR use the "Sub topic" drop down box above.

Books

Albert Search

Search Albert to find books, movies, etc..

  

Advanced Search

 

Although ebrary titles are indexed in Albert, searching the collection directly can yield greater results. Video Tutorial Quick Start Guide (PDF)
 

WorldCat searches thousands of libraries around the world simultaneously, then checks to see if something is found in a library near your location.

Not finding the book you need in Albert or Link+? You can request a book or book chapter through ILLiad

Reference Sources

For Online Reference Sources, begin with one of the following databases:

 Gale Virtual Reference, International Encyclopedia of Education, Sage Knowledge, Blackwell Reference online, & Reference Universe

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Use Albert to find print &/or electronic references such as subject enyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, ....

 

Reference Search Examples:

Do a keyword search in Albert and use the terms encyclopedia/dictionary and [your topic] you can see if we have a specialized encyclopedia/dictionary. The Library has both electronic (online full text) and print encyclopedias & dictionaries.

 

 

Do a keyword search in Albert and use the terms handbook and [your topic] you can see if we have a specialized handbook. Be sure to search Link+ if we don't have a handbook in our library.

Find Articles in a Database

First Stop

Education Database

1966 to present. Provides access to citations and abstracts of articles in over 1,000 periodicals, plus research reports, conference papers, and curriculum materials in education (some full text).

 

Counseling Database

1887 to present. PsycInfo indexes chapters in books, journal articles, technical reports, dissertations, and conference proceedings. PsycArticles is the full text of articles from APA journals and selected Educational Publishing Foundation (EPF) journals.

Essential Databases for Education & Counseling

 

Cross Disciplinary Databases

 

Management Databases


Newspapers

 

More Databases: Specialty & Packages

Montessori

Requires unique password: contact Reference Desk (925) 631-4624. Provides as complete a list as possible of primary and secondary Montessori sources in the English language with more than thirteen thousand works indexed.

Counseling

An index to the worldwide literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health consequences of exposure to traumatic events.

Children's Literature Reviews

 The Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD) indexes more than 1.8 million records and contains more than 315,000 critical reviews of children's books, ranging from the earliest baby board books to novels and nonfiction for young adults. Browse by awards, honors, by age and grade levels, reading metrics, genre, series, etc.

Test & Assessment Reviews

Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY) provides users with a comprehensive guide to over 2,000 contemporary testing instruments containing information essential for a complete

Journal Packages


Archival Journal Packages (Backfiles)

Streaming Videos
Find Articles from a Citation - Periodicals

Click here for instructions on how to find an article from a citation.

Periodicals

Search journals, magazines, or newspapers by title, ISSN, or abbreviation

   

Browse periodicals by doi or subject

 

Research Tips
For Use

Background Information

 

These types of resources can help you:

   Build a context for your topic

   Build a vocabulary to use when searching

   Understand how to organize your topic

   Narrow and broaden your topic concept

Books (

  & Illiad):

Subject Encyclopedias, Handbooks, Subject specific dictionaries, books published by academic press.

Get started finding our E-book collections by choosing E-books as a drop-down choice from the databases page..

Get started with our online reference sources by choosing Research encyclopedias as a drop-down choice from the databases page.

(Begin with Blackwell Reference online, Gale Virtual Reference, Sage E-reference & Reference Universe)

Articles

 

Journal articles are where current research is reported. Research articles will help you identify key researchers in your topic area.

 

  

 

Do you know how to evaluate the quality of the articles you find?

Check out Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals for a short tutorial.

Check out tips for using Boolean Operators.

 

Dissertations

 

Dissertations are where the most current research on your topic is reported. They can be useful in many ways:

 

Use as a primary resource in your research

Observe how someone else has organized your topic

Read an example of a literature review

Review the bibliography to find additional research

Locate samples of surveys or assessment instruments (See Appendices)

 

 

 (online catalog for SMC thesis & dissertations)
 Tips on how to use Google more effectively, check out Using Google for Research  
 

Tips on how to evaluate web resources, check out one of the following:

 

Evaluating Internet Research Sources – the CARS checklist

 

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - NMSU

 

Evaluating Web Pages - UC Berkeley

 
 Citation tools  

APA Exposed (Guttman Libary)

Son of citation machine

Zotero (via Sandisk flash drive)

 Starting your literature review?  Conducting a Literature Review (Adelphi)

 

 

 

Citing your sources

APA Guide

The Publication Manual for the American Psychological Association is available in the library reference and reserves collection at Call # 150.149 Am35b. In addition, the library subscribes to the APA Style Guide to Electronic References for formatting rules that apply to resources not found in the print manual.

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