EDUC 298: Intro to Research in School Psychology

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Research and writing can very specific and a single in-class library presentation may not provide you with all the information you need.  You are more than welcome to contact a Librarian.   Feel free to schedule an appointment via the EDP Research Advisory Service, or contact Jill Woolums(
or Dean Rowan  ( to ask a question, set up an appointment, or get more help with anything related to the Library and research.  You can also use the 24/7 Reference service.

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EDP Articles & Books

Books. Search the UC Libraries' catalogs to find both e-books and books in print at UCB.  Oskicat searches the UC Berkeley collection.  Melvyl search the UC-wide collections.   UC has also purchased several e-book collections that can be searched individually. APAeBooks, Springer and eBrary are especially useful for educational psychology.  Use UC's excellent Interlibray Loan service for anything you can't find.

Articles.  UCB provides several primary index/databases for searching literature in education and psychology.  For research in educational psychology, search ERIC, Ed Index, ERA, and PsycInfo.  Also, find additional excellent databases, book reviews, encyclopedias, transcripts and videos under the "More" tab above.

Where to find ERIC.  Find ERIC on the EDP Library homepage under ERIC for the ProQuest search engine.  ERIC can also be searched with its native search engine at

What's in ERIC:  ERIC is the primary and leading index to journals and other literature published in education.  ERIC is publicly sponsored and funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

ERIC provides an index to citations for (1) journal articles and (2) ERIC Documents relating to the field of education. Journals and Documents are indexed back to 1965.  The index points to over 780 journals, representing more than 1.3 million bibliographic records. Check the journal list for titles.

ERIC Documents are from hundreds of organizations producing education-related material. Document types include books, research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers, school district documents, and more. Organizations providing non-journal content to ERIC include research foundations, federal and state agencies, policy and scholarly organizations, university affiliates, and commercial publishers.  A list of these organizations can be found on the native ERIC website.

How to find full-text of cited material.  The Library provides full-text access (online or in print) to most of the journals indexed in ERIC.  Follow UC-eLinks UC-eLinks to discover UC’s online or print full-text coverage.   
     ERIC has digitized the entire collection of ERIC Documents (formerly on microfiche).  ERIC has not received copyright permission to provide online full-text access to a portion of the Documents, however.  ERIC Documents were no longer archived on microfiche beginning in 2004, when instead, ERIC became an entirely digitized collection.  The EDP Library maintains a collection of the microfiche dating prior to 2004.  Microfiche may be checked out for one week.  Microfiche scanners exist at the Doe Library.  

     If an item is not available full-text from the UC Libraries, ask a librarian for assistance, or use the “Request” links in Melvyl or Oskicat to request an interlibrary loan.

Education Index and Education Index Retrospective. 
Where to find Education Index.  Find Ed Index via the EDP Library homepage.

What's in Ed Index.  Education Index indexes journal articles and book reviews.  Ed Index provides citations from over 350 journals as far back as 1996.  It also points to citations for nearly 770 journals back to 1983.  Newly added is the full-text of The Chronicle of Higher Education back to January 2001.
     Ed Index also points to citations for some 850,000 articles and book reviews for the period 1929-1983. Ed Index is useful to track trends in education and changes in society and cultural attitudes, as well as for sociological, legal, and historical studies.
     Click on “Publications” after opening the Ed Index search engine to find a full list of journal titles and their coverage.  Some of the titles overlap the coverage in ERIC, but several are only indexed by Ed Index.  This is why it is important to run the same search in both ERIC and Ed Index.  Ed Index is now searchable with the Ebsco search engine.

How to find full-text of cited material: The Ed Index search engine points to citations.  The Library provides full-text access, either online or in print (via UC-eLinks), to a large number of journal articles from the present back to 1929.  IMPORTANT NOTE:  When using the Ed Index search engine, do not check the “full-text” box.  Why?  Because you will miss many citations and full-text articles which the Library buys and to which we have online access from content providers other thank Ebsco, from whom we buy the Ed Index search engine. 
     Once a citation is identified in Ed Index, follow UC-eLinksUC-eLinks button to discover the full-text. If links to full-text (online or in print) do not readily appear, ask a librarian, or use the “Request” links in Melvyl or Oskicat to request an interlibrary loan.

Educational Research Abstracts. 
Where to find ERA.  Find ERA on the EDP Library homepage.  After doing searches in ERIC and Ed Index, run another search in ERA to pick up additional citations. 

What's in ERA:  The focus of ERA is current international research in education. Specific topics addressed include: child development, educational management, educational technology, health education, higher education, literacy, multicultural education, sociology of education, special needs, technical education and training and general education.
    ERA indexes over 860 journal titles, and provides over 50,000 article abstracts. In addition to education journals, titles cover psychology, social work, sociology, public health, and information science.  Citations date back to 1995.   ERA includes journals from Britian, Canada, Australia, United States and Europe, some of which are not indexed in either ERIC or EDIndex/Retro.

How to find full-text of cited material: Many of the articles to which ERA points are available full-text via the ERA platform.  ERA provides full-text access to nearly 350 journal titles published by Routledge and its affiliates.  The ERA search engine, unfortunately, does not link directly to the Library’s collections via UC-eLinks.  The Library purchases access to full-text articles, either online or in print, for many of the journals cited in ERA to which ERA does not provide online full-text.  Do a separate search for the journal in the Library’s catalogs to see if we have the title from another provider.  Also, ask a librarian for assistance.  

Where to find PsycInfo.  Find PsycInfo via the ProQuest search engine.  You can search either the PsycInfo database alone via "PsycInfo" or via the  “MultiEdPsyc” on the EDP Library's homepage.  The MultiEdPsyc link has been configured to simultaneously search ERIC, PsycInfo and several social science databases.  This multi-search link is available only via the EDP Library’s homepage.

What's in PsycInfo:  PsycInfo is the primary index to psychological literature. PsycInfo provides abstracts and citations to scholarly literature in the psychological, social, behavioral, and health sciences. Updated weekly, PsycInfo points to journal articles, highly-selective books, chapters, and dissertations. 

How to find full-text of cited material: The Library provides access to full-text of most of the journals indexed by PsycInfo.  Follow UC-eLinks to discover UC’s online or print full-text coverage of journals, books and dissertations. If full-text online or print access is not easily found, ask a librarian for assistance.   

Last Update: December 03, 2013 18:20