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Subject Guides

Resources for Research in Education

This is the starting point for research in education. Link to resources for Children's Literature, Periodical Reading Rooms, 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 resuts. 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


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



Specialty Databases: Montessori, Counseling, Children's Literature,Test & Assessments and Lasallian


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 information essential for a complete evaluation of test products. All MMY entries contain descriptive information (e.g., test purpose, publisher, pricing) and edited review(s) written by leading content area experts.

Lasallian Masters

ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials is the full text version of the ATLA Religion Database....


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.


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


& 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)

Master of Teaching and Leadership (MATL) theses

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)

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.

APA Tutorial

AskAlib Presentation Practice Room Booking Procedures

Group Study/Media Rooms

  • The Presentation Practice Room was designed primarily for student use. The intentional design of this room allows student groups to practice their classroom presentations -- the room is equipped with standard SMC classroom media equipment -- & it has the added functionality of allowing students to capture their presentations for critique and correction. Additional imagined uses of this room are unlimited but might include student pairs practicing job interview skills.

How do I book the room?

  • The Group Study rooms are primarily intended for student use, and are reserved exclusively for students during peak times such as mid-terms and finals. Reservations are recorded in a binder at the Circulation desk. When taking reservations by phone or in person at the desk, please ask if the person making the reservation is a student and how many members there are in their group and note that number in the entry.
  • At less busy times staff and faculty may request the occasional use of these rooms. These exceptions are only granted by a librarian or Circulation supervisor with the proviso that this is an exception to our use policy.
  • Only groups of 2 or more may reserve a group study room. Please do not check out the key to the room until 2 or more people from the group have arrived to ensure that one single individual is not using the room.
  • Reservations are on a first come, first served basis.
  • Reservations may be made no more than one week in advance, and the maximum block of time is 3 hours. Groups may not make multiple reservations for multiple blocks of time on the same day. However, if no other groups have booked the room, the group will be allowed to sign up for one additional 3-hour block and the individual who checked out the key must bring it to the Circulation desk for renewal. This also applies to any remotes or cables that have been checked out. There is a 6 hour maximum per group, per day.
  • If a group does not show up for their reservation, after 15 minutes they forfeit the reservation if another group needs the space.
  • Group Study Rooms may be reserved at the Circulation desk for group study or video viewing or presentation practice.
  • The room key will be checked out to a member of the reserving group. For video use, the remote control must also be checked out. Both the key and remote are located at the checkout station at Circulation. Please ask groups to return the key and remote control to the Circulation desk after use.
  • If you have technical difficulties, call ITS at 4266 [925 631 4266] to get assistance.