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Education Research

A guide to starting points in education research at Queen's University, Kingston.

Search Databases

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With over 2000 titles, Education Source from EBSCO is the world's largest collection of full-text education journals. It includes both professional titles of interest to teachers and scholarly research journals that report on studies in the field of educational research. 


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Content from many Canadian journals is discoverable in Education Source but if you are doing a comprehensive search Canadian Business & Current Affairs (CBCA) database from ProQuest should also be searched. CBCA is a multi-disciplinary database that includes indexing for over 900 Canadian publications and ongoing full text for over 300 titles. 

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Please be sure to search Google Scholar starting from a Queen's Library link so you are asked to log in with your Queen's NetID.  This will ensure you have access to the Queen's content we have licensed / purchased for you.

Queen's summon logoSummon Basic or Summon Advanced Search

A "discovery tool".  Most academic libraries now host this type of search tool that searches most of the items a library has access to -- right to the article level.  Books, ebooks, articles, DVDs, online video, kits, and more.  Summon result lists can be narrowed by using the filters offered on the left sidebar.

Search for all other databases using the Library's Database of Databases!  You may want to search ERIC or PsycINFO or others, depending on your area of interest.

academic search complete info

Academic Search Complete is a multi-disciplinary database that includes content in the field of education and related areas. It is provided by EBSCO, so offers our researchers the same platform as our Education Source and ERIC databases are offered on. Coverage includes peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, reports, and selected monographs.

Need information about a journal?

ulrichs web logoUlrich's Serials Directory contains listings of currently published, as well as discontinued, serial publications. Includes magazines, journals, newsletters, newspapers, conference proceedings, and electronic publications. Also contains complete names and addresses of journal publishers. Search here to find out where a journal is indexed, and to learn more about the history of the title.

For Reviews of Research

Sources of particular interest:

Review of Research in Education (RRE)

Review of Educational Research (RER)

Scholarly journals such as Harvard Educational Review

Campbell Library of Systematic Reviews

What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Institute of Education Sciences IES), Washington, D.C.

Terms to consider using in your search for a literature review:

"literature review" meta-analysis meta-analyses synthesis syntheses "systematic review" 

Set up Alerts

Google Scholar and most of our journal databases providers (e.g. EBSCO, ProQuest) and publishers (e.g. Sage, Taylor & Francis) offer an email alerting service to inform you of additions to their database that match a search or a journal you specify.  RSS feeds for stand-alone RSS feed readers are also frequently available, although these now seem less popular than the integrated email services.

To set up email search or journal alerts on our major database platforms you first set up a personal account on that platform.  For researchers in education at Queen's, the most used platforms are EBSCOhost, ProQuest, Web of Science, APA PsycNET, and Google Scholar.  Summon does not offer an email alert service. For each platform, follow the instructions linked below to set up an email alert service:

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Education Source


How to set a journal alert

How to set a search alert 

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CBCA Education

​How to create a My Research account for alerts

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Web of Science Core Collection

How to save searches & alerts video (4:14 m)



How to set email alerts or

View a video version  (2:37 m)


Google Scholar


Tips for email alerts

Sage Journals


Set search and/or journal ToC alerts.

Beyond the Basics:

More alerting service information is available via guides from other academic libraries, notably Iowa State University Library and the University of Michigan Library.