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Research Guides


A guide to library resources for education research

Background Sources

Dictionaries and encyclopedias provide background information on a topic or concept.

Scholarly Journal Articles

These databases are recommended for research in education. For the full list of library databases, see the databases page at

Literature Reviews

Literature reviews are articles that review and evaluate published scholarship in a specific area of research. They can help you get a feel for the background and current state of research on your topic.

Searching for literature reviews is not the same process in all databases. In general, try including key words or phrases such as literature review or synthesis in a keyword or subject (descriptor) search to locate reviews. For example: literature review and school choice.


  • Full text PDFs of most CGU dissertations published from the late 1990s to present can be downloaded from the Dissertations and Theses database.

Newspaper Articles