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Education Research

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

Education Databases

Education Source

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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. 




This version of ERIC on the EBSCO platform offers features not available in the open access web version. 

Queen's researchers should prefer this version because the citations link to our licensed full text articles.





ERIC:  Education Resources Information Center (Open access version)

ERIC is a database of citations with abstracts related to teaching and research in education, complemented by links to more than 200,000 full-text non-journal documents. Coverage includes: journal articles, books, research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers and other education-related materials.

Canadian Business & Current Affairs

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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. 



Produced by the American Psychological Association, PsycINFO indexes journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations, and technical reports published internationally. Includes cited references.  Search on APA PsycNET or via OVID.


Multidisciplinary Databases

Google Scholar

google scholar logoBe 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.


Web of Science Core Collection

Web of Science

The Web of Science Core Collection "includes over 20,000 peer-reviewed, high-quality scholarly journals published worldwide (including Open Access journals); over 190,000 conference proceedings; and over 90,000 editorially selected books.


Academic Search Complete

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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.


Summon Basic or Summon Advanced Search

Queen's summon logoA "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.


Queen's University Library's Database of Databases

Queen's University Library Database of DatabasesFor access to ALL Queen's Library's databases, go to our Database of Databases


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.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Recommended for Reviews of Research

Review of Research in Education (RRE)

Review of Educational Research (RER)

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" 

Finding Theoretical Frameworks

Journals @ Queen's

Set up Alerts

Google Scholar and most journal database providers (e.g. EBSCO, ProQuest) and publishers (e.g. Sage, Taylor & Francis) offer email alerting services to inform you of new publications that match a search or a journal you specify. 

To set up 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.