Library Resources for Educational Leadership & Policy Studies 600

Research in Education -- Terrance G. Jakubowski, Professor
Library Instruction Session -- Eric P. Garcia, Librarian

 Albright, Madeleine Korbel (born Marie Jana Korbelov√°) 

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."
~ John F. Kennedy

California State University, Northridge

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Eric P. Garcia (


Searching Tips and Tricks

When searching databases, the goal is to find a small number (e.g. 10-30) of articles relevant to your topic. Here are some tips for improving your search results:


Library Catalog - for books, videos, and archival materials that will help you identify informative and persuasive topics. Use the KEYWORD search if you aren't sure of the official Subject Headings for your topic.

Keywords examples:

Subject Headings examples:

Book Titles

The Oviatt Library has books that discusses leadership and attributes of such leaders:

Hiebert, Murray. The encyclopedia of leadership: a practical guide to popular leadership theories and techniques. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2001.
Floor2 HD57.7 .H525 2001

Goethals, George R., Sorenson, Georgia J., & Burns, James MacGregor, eds. Encyclopedia of leadership. Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, 2004.
Reference Room HD57.7 .E53 2004

Firestone, William A., & Riehl, Carolyn, eds. A new agenda for research in educational leadership. New York : Teachers College Press, 2005
LB2806.25 .N49 2005

Journal Articles

Databases A-Z - the Oviatt Library has over 100 databases. To look for articles in journals, newspapers, or magazines, you will need to start with a research database. The following databases provide abstracts and full-text articles from thousands of journals and other sources.

Academic Search Elite (EbscoHost)
index of articles from the contents pages of over 22,000 journals, 1990-

JStor Arts & Sciences, General Science Collections (Archival)
a reliable and comprehensive archive of important scholarly journal literature.

ERIC on EbscoHost (Educational Resources Information Center)
Use ERIC on EbscoHost

LexisNexis Academic
full text news, medical, legal & business sources; dates vary.

Project MUSE
over 167 full-text titles of scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences and mathematics from over 20 not-for-profit scholarly presses.

ProQuest Newspapers
full text newspapers.

Indexes over 2,000 journals plus books and book chapters, 1987-present.

Full text access to peer-reviewed articles from more than 50 journals in psychology, including journals published by the American Psychological Association (APA), covering general, specialized, applied, clinical and theoretical research in psychology. 1894-

RAND California
California economic and public policy issues, including over 80 statistical databases with data at various geographic levels, some covering the entire nation.

SAGE Journals Online
Full text to over 460 journals in business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology and medicine.

Wilson OmniFile Full Text Mega (WilsonWeb)
Cross-searching of Education Index with Full Text, General Science Index with Full Text, Humanities Abstracts with Full Text, Readers' Guide Retrospective and Reader's Guide Full Text, Social Sciences Index with Full Text, Business Index with Full Text, Applied Science & Technology Full Text, Art Full Text, Biological & Agricultural Index Plus, Index to Legal Periodicals Full Text, Library Literature & Information Science Full Text.

Web Sites for Primary & Secondary Education

American Association of School Administrators  (

Association of California School Administrators  (

California Legislative Information  (

California School Boards Association  (

Center on Education Policy  (

Educators Net, educators search engine  (

Educator's Reference Desk (

EIS - What Works Clearinghouse (
    Established by the US Department of Education in 2002, the Institute of Education Sciences'
    mission complements ERIC: to expand knowledge with full text information on practices that
    work, and to provide research and data for evidence-based decision makers.

NASSP – Education Leaders in Middle & High Schools (

National Association of Elementary School Principals  (

National Center for Policy Analysis (

North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL) (

U.S. Department of Education  (

U.S. Department of Education/Policy (

Web Sites for Higher Education

California Postsecondary Education Commission (

Institute for Higher Education Policy  (

National Center for Public Policy & Higher Education  (

Plagiarism and APA citation style

Remember to cite not only direct quotes, but also other people's ideas. If you paraphrase something, changing a few words to make it sound less like a direct quote, you still have to cite it. If you are uncertain, it is better to cite a source than to be accused of plagiarism for not citing something you should have.


Contact Information

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Last Updated: August 26, 2010