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Subject Guides

Resources for Research in Counseling

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


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.  

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


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



More Databases: Specialty & Packages


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)

Streaming Videos & DVDs

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

Albert Video Search

Advanced Search

Find Articles from a Citation - Periodicals

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


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)



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 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 Tutorial

APA Exposed (Guttman Libary)


 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.

APA Tutorial