Subject Guides

Albert Search

Search Albert to find books, movies, etc..


Although ebrary titles are indexed in Albert, searching the collection directly can yield greater results.  

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

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


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.

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





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.


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 essential information.

Journal Packages


Archival Journal Packages (Backfiles)

Enter your keywords to search the SMCL video collection (both streaming and DVDs).

Albert Video Search

Advanced Search

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

Journals Finder



Getting Started

Articulate your research plan

Identify what steps needed to complete a literature review.

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

  • Identify theory and theorists


Albert > Link+ > Illiad.

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


Online Reference Sources

Get started by choosing Reference Sources Section on the Education or Counseling pages.

(Begin with Gale Virtual Reference & Sage E-reference)


  • ILLiad

  • Document Delivery

  • AskUS

  • Cloud Print

All sign up for ILLiad


Searching for Evidence/Research

Research Articles

Journal articles are where current research is reported. Research articles will help you identify

  • key researchers

  • key journals

  • more research articles in your topic area.

Get started with databases:


PsycInfo & PsycArticles

Google Scholar

Evaluate the quality of the article

Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals.

Find an article from a citation

See Section: Find articles from a citation  (Education and Counseling web pages)

Boolean Tips

  • And

  • Or

  • *

  • “quotes”


Additional Strategies


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 (In Appendices)

Get started with these databases:

Dissertations and Theses

Albert (online catalog for SMC thesis & dissertations)

Master of Teaching and Leadership (MATL) theses

(Some are on EPrints)

Google for Research

  • Find key researchers web pages with CV

  • Find bibliographies

  • Find Centers for Research on your topic

  • Use Google Scholar cited by

  • ERIC documents are on the web



Google Scholar

Citation Tools

Help citing in APA? APA Tutorial

APA Exposed (Guttman Libary)

Zotero (Citation Mangement Tool)

Social Justice in Information

Consider: When we seek information, we examine the privilege of the voices and sources of our information and we learn to identify whose voices are present

and whose voices are missing and how that impacts & influences our understanding of information.





Literature Review Tutorial

SMC Literature Review Tutorial

NCSU Literature Reviews

Conducting a Literature Review (Adelphi)



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 APA Style Blog contains formatting rules that apply to resources not found in the print manual.

APA Style Central

APA Tutorial