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About this guide

Hello! This guide contains recommended resources and strategies for research in education. On this page, you'll find the essentials of navigating the Vassar Libraries to access books and articles; follow the links in the left sidebar to explore databases like ERIC and Web of Science, access specialized resources including major education studies journals and sources of data/statistics, and delve into a variety of research methods and practices. You may also find it useful to consult additional research guides to explore interdisciplinary aspects of education, pedagogy within particular academic fields, and other topics. 

Finding books

Begin your search for books in Library Search.

  • If you narrow your search to "Physical Collections," you'll find materials available in the Vassar libraries.
  • You can further limit your search (by year, print or electronic format, author, etc.) using the left sidebar on the search results page. 

To find books and other resources not held by Vassar, take your search to WorldCat.

  • This resource searches library catalogs across the country and around the world.
  • You can request materials we don't have through interlibrary loan.

Finding articles

If you need to find articles and don't know where to start, try a keyword search in Library Search. 

  • You have the ability to limit your search results to peer-reviewed articles only, and/or sources available in full text online.
  • You can also use the left sidebar on the results page to refine your search by year of publication, journal, language, and more. 

Next, consult databases.

  • In addition to resources specific to Education, we have databases that cover scholarship and sources in a multitude of disciplines and interdisciplinary areas. 

If you have a citation to a journal article and want to know how to get access at Vassar, enter the details into our Citation Linker.

  • If we don't have it at Vassar, make an interlibrary loan request for the article. 

If you want to search in a specific journal, use Library Search to explore our journals collection.

  • This will show you if we have access to the journal at Vassar, and if so, in what format (print or online) and in which database(s).
  • You can use this strategy for finding newspapers, too.