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Selected Resources for Research in Educational Administration and Policy

Updated July 16, 2013

This guide is intended to serve as a starting point for researching information on educational administration and policy using both print and electronic resources available through the University at Albany Libraries. The prefix REF before the call number of a book indicates that it is shelved in the Reference Area on the first floor. If the call number has no prefix, the book is shelved in the general stacks on the upper floors of the main library. If the call number ends with WWW, the book is an electronic resource. Most education materials will have call numbers that begin with the letter "L;" those books are shelved on the third floor, northeast.

Subject Headings

Subjects for books in the University at Albany Libraries are based on Library of Congress (LC) Subject headings. The subject headings function like a thesaurus, allowing you to find the relevant materials about a specific topic with greater precision than keywords. They are especially helpful for searching library online catalogs. Examples of LC subject headings for various education topics are listed below. All of the following entries are linked to the search results on the University at Albany Libraries' online catalog, Minerva. If you need help in finding appropriate subject headings for your research, please consult a reference librarian or use the Library of Congress Subject Headings (REF Z695 U4752X 2002) located near the Reference Desk area.

African Americans - Education - History
Comparative Education
Education and State - United States (Note: To find "Education and State" for a specific country, replace United States with the country name.)
Education - United States - Philosophy
Education - United States - Curricula
Education - Cross cultural studies
Education, Elementary
Education, Secondary - United States
Education, Higher - Administration
Education, Urban
Education - Social aspects - United States
Education - Research - Methodology
Education - Statistics
Educational Accountability - United States
Educational evaluation
Educational law and legislation - United States
Educational sociology - United States
Inclusive education
Mainstreaming in education - United States
Multicultural education - United States
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Browsing by Call Number

Call numbers are assigned to each book or journal. They arrange books and journals on the shelves in broad subject categories. The University at Albany Libraries use the Library of Congress classification scheme. This call number system uses the combination of letters and numeric numbers. The letters represent the subject, and "L" is the call number classification for Education. The following entries are some examples. For a complete listing of LC call numbers, please visit the Library of Congress Classification Outline.

LA History of Education
LB1555-1602 Elementary or public school education
LB1603-1696.6 Secondary education. High schools
LB2300-2430 Higher education
LB2801-3095 School administration and organization
LC65-245 Social aspects of education
LC1200-1203 Inclusive education
LC1390-5160.3 Education of special classes of persons
LD Individual Institutions - United States
LE Individual Institutions - America (except United States)
LF Individual Institutions - Europe
LG Individual Institutions - Asia, Africa, Indian Ocean Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands
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ERIC Thesaurus Terms

ERIC Thesaurus contains education-related terms called Descriptors which function as subject headings. Using Descriptors in your ERIC database searching can help you retrieve records of greater relevance to your topic. Examples of ERIC Thesaurus terms for various topics pertaining to educational administration and policy are listed below. If you need help in finding appropriate terms for your research, please consult a reference librarian or use the Thesaurus of ERIC descriptors (REF Z 695.1 E3 E34) located near the Reference Desk area. You can also access the Thesaurus online through the Web site for Education Resources Information Center (ERIC).

  • Academic achievement
  • Academic standards
  • Accountability
  • Administrator preparation
  • Administrative policy
  • Affirmative action
  • Boards of education
  • Community colleges
  • Comparative education
  • Disadvantaged youth
  • Diversity
  • Economically disadvantaged
  • Educational administration
  • Educational discrimination
  • Educational reform
  • Elementary education
  • Elementary schools
  • Equal education
  • Faculty evaluation
  • Gender equity
  • Home schooling
  • High schools
  • Higher education
  • Institutional evaluation
  • Intercultrual education
  • International education
  • Leadership quality
  • Mainstreaming
  • Multicultural education
  • Needs assessment
  • Open universities
  • Outcomes measurement
  • Postsecondary education
  • Primary education
  • Private education
  • Private schools
  • Program evaluation
  • Public education
  • Public schools
  • Racial bias
  • Rural education
  • School segregation
  • Secondary education
  • Secondary schools
  • Teacher education
  • Teacher evaluation
  • Two year colleges
  • Urban education
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Indexes and Databases

Indexes and abstracts are useful for finding journal articles, conference papers, government documents, and other types of publications, such as ERIC documents. The section below includes core indexes in both print and electronic format.

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To locate journals in print, microform, and electronic formats in the University at Albany Libraries, go to Libraries' Home Page. Click on Journals - Print & Online, then type the title of the journal in the searchbox. If the library has the journal in print or in microform, the record showing the call number will be displayed.

Many more are available via research databases. The most complete listing of Education related databases can be accessed through Database Finder on the Libraries' home page.

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Statistical Sources

National Center for Education Statistics publications are available online through the Website of the National Center for Education Statistics  (NCES). For additional online statistical resources related to Education, go to the General Resources page and then select the "Statistical Sources" tab. The online catalog may be used to find statistical sources under subject headings such as "Education - Statistics" or "Education, Higher - Statistics."

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Educational Administration, Standards, and Evaluation

Higher Education

Education Law

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Handbooks and Yearbooks

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Dictionaries and Thesaurus

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Bibliographies and Guides

A selection of bibliographies is offered in this section. The libraries have numerous other sources for finding bibliographies; among them are ERIC/RIE and Bibliographic Index, both described below in this guide. Minerva, the online catalog, can be used to find additional bibliographies. For example, a bibliography on higher education would be found under the subject heading, "Education, Higher--Bibliographies." Ask a reference librarian for help in identifying relevant subject headings.

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Updated July 16, 2013