Library Resources and Services for MSTU 4000, Core Seminar in Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design

Library Resources and Services for MSTU 4000, Core Seminar in Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design


This research guide is intended as an overview of library resources and services of particular relevance for students in Yoo Kyung Chang's Fall 2021 course MSTU 4000, Core Seminar in Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design. The resources, primarily electronic and accessible on and off campus, have been selected as ones supporting the objective of the course, i.e., "one, to introduce the diverse perspectives on the critical issues and discussions in the field of communication, media, and learning technologies design, and two, to develop a learning community." The guide also includes a section describing research consultation and assistance services and options for document retrieval and delivery available to all members of the Teachers College community.


Resources designated (CU) are accessible online through Columbia University Libraries.


Discovery Tools/Federated Search Engines


Educat+ (via Gottesman Libraries) - To search the library's holdings of books and media, journal articles, curricula, children's literature, course reserves materials, and more, simultaneously and seamlessly.


CLIO Quicksearch (via Columbia University Libraries) - To search the catalog, multiple periodical indexes, and other web resources simultaneously within a variety of subjects and disciplinary subcategories.


Google Scholar - Provides the means to search for scholarly research across many disciplines and sources:  articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other web sites.


Periodical Indexes


Communication-Related Databases


Communication Abstracts (CU) - A comprehensive source of information about communication-related publications on a world-wide scale. Containing over 244,000 records, Communication Abstracts covers major journals in communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields of study to create a research and reference resource that encompasses the breadth of communication discipline and depth encompasses the breadth of the communication discipline.


Film and Television Literature Index with Full Text (CU) - "Covers journal and magazine titles for film and television reviews, scholarly and critical analysis of cinema and television, and articles of popular interest about film and television."


Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA) (CU) - Indexes and abstracts articles in the study of language, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics, and descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical, and geographical linguistics.


Educational Technology Database


LearnTechLib, The Learning and Technology Library (formerly EdITLib - Education & Information Technology Digital Library) - Database of peer-reviewed and published international journal articles and conference papers on the latest research, developments, and applications related to all aspects of educational technology and e-learning.


Education Databases


ERIC - Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide extensive access to education-related periodical literature, ERIC (which stands for Educational Resources Information Center) provides coverage of conferences, meetings, government documents, theses, dissertations, reports, audiovisual media, bibliographies, directories, books, and monographs. In addition to this version, made available via the ProQuest platform, ERIC is also accessible via the U.S. government ERIC site and through Ebsco ERIC.


Education Full Text - Provides comprehensive coverage of an international range of English-language periodicals, monographs, and yearbooks. Indexing coverage begins June 1983; abstracts are included beginning spring 1994; full text of some journals is available beginning in January 1996.


Education Index Retrospective - Provides cover-to-cover indexing for an international range of English-language periodicals and yearbooks; coverage from 1929 through mid-1983.


Education Research Complete - Provides indexing and abstracts for more than 2,100 journals, as well as full text for more than 1,200 journals, and includes full text for nearly 500 books and monographs.


Professional Development Collection - Designed for professional educators, this database provides a highly specialized collection of nearly 520 high-quality education journals, including more than 350 peer-reviewed titles. The database also contains more than 200 educational reports.


Multidisciplinary Databases


Academic Search Premier - A multidisciplinary database providing full text for more than 4,600 journals, including nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals. See also Academic Search Complete (CU), a scholarly, multidisciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1887.


JSTOR (CU) - An online archive of over 1,200 leading scholarly journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and include previous and related titles. The most recently published issues (the past 3-5 years) are generally not available through JSTOR, though they usually are through other e-sources.


ProQuest (CU) - Provides broad multidisciplinary coverage of scholarly journals, newspapers, dissertations, and other types of publications; for international coverage and access to full texts of dissertations only, search ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global, a subset of ProQuest.


Online Catalogs


The most definitive record of the holdings of the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College (formerly accessible through our online catalog EDUCAT), including books, e-books, journals, e-journals, dissertations, media, and other specialized collections of all kinds, is to be found through a search of the library's new discovery system Educat+ (see Discovery Tools/Federated Search Engines above).


CLIO Catalog - The union catalog of Columbia University Libraries (exclusive of the libraries of Teachers College, the Columbia Law School, and Jewish Theological Seminary), providing the most definitive record of individual libraries' holdings of books, e-books, journals, e-journals, dissertations, media, and other specialized collections of all kinds.


WorldCat - The union catalog of the contents of over 10,000 libraries worldwide, providing the means to do exhaustive searching by author, title, subject, and numerous other criteria and to find locations for specific items in libraries nearby and elsewhere. WorldCat is also freely accessible on the Web at


Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) are the official subject terms prescribed by the Library of Congress for the cataloging of books and are in use in essentially all academic libraries. To find works pertaining to research methods in cognition and computing and related subjects, it may be useful to use some of the subject terms, or combinations of terms, listed below when searching the online catalogs of libraries at Teachers College, Columbia University, and other institutions.


  • Artificial intelligence [Q334-Q342 (Cybernetics)], [TA347.A78 (Engineering)]
  • Cognitive science
  • Communication [P87-P96]
  • Communication -- Research
  • Communication and technology [P96.T42]
  • Communication in education [LB1033.5]
  • Computer-assisted instruction [LB1028.5-LB1028.7]
  • Computer games -- Design
  • Computer literacy [QA76.9.C64]
  • Computer managed instruction [LB1028.46]
  • Computer network resources
  • Computers and civilization [QA76.9.C66]
  • Computers and literacy [LC149.5]
  • Digital communications [TK5103.7-TK5103.75]
  • Digital media
  • Discourse analysis [P302]
  • Discourse analysis -- Social aspects
  • Distance education [LC5800-LC5808]
  • Education -- Computer network resources
  • Education -- Effect of technological innovations on
  • Educational technology [LB1028.3]
  • Information literacy
  • Information technology [HC79.I55 (Economic history and conditions)], [HD30.2 (Management)], [T58.5-T58.64 (Technology)]
  • Instant messaging [TK5105.73]
  • Interactive multimedia [QA76.76.I59]
  • Internet [HM851 (Sociology)], [TK5105.875.I57 (Telecommunication)], [ZA4195-ZA4201 (Information resources)]
  • Internet in education
  • Language and culture [P35]
  • Language and languages [P1-P410]
  • Linguistics [P121-P158.42 (General)]
  • Mass media -- Technological innovations
  • Mass media in education
  • Media literacy
  • Multimedia systems [QA76.575]
  • Popular culture
  • Semiotics [P99-P99.4]
  • Social media [HM741-HM743 (Sociology)], [PN4550-PN4590 (Literature)]
  • Social networks [HM741 (Sociology)]
  • Sociolinguistics [P40-P40.5 (General)]
  • Teaching -- Computer network resources
  • Technological innovations [HC79.T4 (Economic history),] [HD45 (Management)], [T173.8 (Technology)]
  • Technological innovations -- Social aspects
  • Technology -- Political aspects
  • Technology -- Social aspects [T14.5]
  • Technology and children
  • Video games -- Design
  • Video games and children
  • Virtual reality in education
  • Web-based instruction


For an overview of the call number system used in our library and many other academic libraries, see the Library of Congress Classification Outline page.




Print Resources


Education and Technology: An Encyclopedia (2004)


Encyclopedia of Distributed Learning (2004)




AccessScience from McGraw-Hill (The Online Encyclopedia of Science and Technology) (CU) - Full access to over 8,500 articles, 115,000 dictionary terms, 15,000 illustrations and graphics, bibliographies containing more than 28,000 literature citations, and frequent research updates in all areas of science and technology. Also includes biographies of more than 2,000 well-known scientists.


Encyclopedia of Computer Science (CU) - With contributions from over 300 international experts, the 4th Edition contains over 600 articles covering diverse topics including artificial life, computer ethics, data mining, Java, mobile computing, quantum computing, and software safety.


Wiley Encylopedia of Computer Science and Engineering (CU) - Includes over 450 A to Z articles addressing the latest advances and findings in computer science, in addition to important topics of interest to computer scientists and engineers, including standards, electronic commerce, financial engineering, and computer education.




Ebook Central - Online books across a range of subject areas; searchable, under Browse Subjects, by Education, Science, Technology, etc. and various sub-topics, and by author, title, and other criteria.


Oxford Scholarship Online - Provides the full text of classic and newly published Oxford University Press books in linguistics, literature, neuroscience, psychology, and other disciplines.


Sage Education Full-Text Collection - This subset of the SAGE journals collection can be accessed through the Browse feature by selecting Social Sciences & Humanities as a Discipline and then Education as a Subject. The SAGE Education Full-Text Collection comprises the contents of 139 education-related journals, from About Campus to Young Exceptional Children, and includes major research-based journals, including the Review of Educational Research and the Review of Research in Education, in addition to prestigious scholarly and practice-oriented education publications across disciplines.


SpringerLink - This collection of Springer publications provides researchers with access to millions of scientific documents from journals, books, series, protocols, reference works, and proceedings. Within Education, there are over 211,000 items within a variety of content types including chapters, articles, reference work entries, books, conference papers, book series, reference works, conference proceedings, and journals.


Taylor & Francis Education Collection - This education component of the Taylor & Francis Online collection provides access to over 385,000 journal articles and the contents of 270 education-related Taylor & Francis journals.


Handbooks of Research


Print Resources


Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology (3rd Edition, 2008) (see also e-version below)


Handbook of Research on Education Communications and Technology (4th Edition, 2013)


Handbook of Research on New Literacies (2008)


Handbook of Research on Teaching Literacy Through the Communicative and Visual Arts (2008) (see also e-version below)




A Handbook of Media and Communication Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Methodologies (CU) - The 3rd (2021) edition of this handbook is intended as a reference work "for students and researchers in the fields of media, communication, and cultural studies, integrating perspectives from the social sciences and the humanities, and focusing on methodology as a strategic level of analysis that joins practical applications with theoretical issues."


Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology - The 3rd (2008) edition of this compilation of scholarly research overviews comprises 56 chapters divided into six major sections: Part I, Foundations; Part II, Strategies; Part III, Technologies; Part IV, Models; Part V, Design and Development; and Part VI, Methodological Issues.


Handbook of Research on Instructional Systems and Educational Technology - This resource, published i 2017, "provides the theoretical understanding of the essential links between context (traditional academic learning spaces, informal learning spaces, and creative non-formal spaces), technology (ICTs, mobile technology, digital and social media) and the system approaches to teaching and learning. It highlights data-based and theoretical research studies, literature reviews, personal essays, scholarly discourse, and practical applications."


Handbook of Research on Teaching Literacy Through the Communicative and Visual Arts - Published in 2005-2008, this handbook "explores the possibilities of broadening current conceptualizations of literacy to include the full array of the communicative arts (reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing) and to focus on the visual arts of drama, dance, film, art, video, and computer technology. The communicative and visual arts encompass everything from novels and theatrical performances to movies and video games. In today's world, new methods for transmitting information have been developed that include music, graphics, sound effects, smells, and animations."


Reviews of Research


Annual Reviews (CU) - Reviews of topics in social sciences and other disciplines published as annual journals; see series for Anthropology, Computer Science, Psychology, Sociology, and others.


Review of Educational Research - A publication of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the RER publishes quarterly critical, integrative reviews of research literature bearing on education, including conceptualizations, interpretations, and syntheses of scholarly work.


Review of Research in Education - A publication of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the RRE provides an annual overview and descriptive analysis of selected topics of relevant research literature through critical and synthesizing essays.


Citation Indexes


Google Scholar - Provides the means to search by author or publication title, and indicates and provides links to works that have cited the documents retrieved.


Scopus (CU) - Abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze, and visualize research.


Web of Science (CU) - Comprising the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Science Citation Index Expanded, this database supports searching by topic, author, or publication name, and is also a major means for doing cited reference searching, to find articles that cite a person's work.


Digital Archives


Academic Commons - Columbia University's online repository, where current faculty, students, and staff can deposit the results of their scholarly work and research.


Internet Archive - A non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies, and music, as well as 150 billion archived web pages.


PocketKnowledge - The social archive of Teachers College, including unpublished manuscripts and archives from the library's collections, documents from other departments and administrative offices College-wide, and the work of TC students, faculty, and researchers.


Bibliography and Citation Management Programs


Citation Management Software - An extensive description of and guide to the use of Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote, courtesy of Columbia University Libraries.


Library Services


Ask a Librarian - Explore a variety of kinds of research support: submit an email reference query to librarians; request a research consultation with a Gottesman librarian; review frequently asked questions via the library's Knowledge Database.


Course Reserves - E-Reserves provides online access to digital course readings, including e-journal articles and book chapters, as well as call numbers for physical course reserves materials (books, DVDs, videos, etc.). More information about E-Reserves and physical Course Reserves can be found on the Course Reserves page.


Requesting New Materials - Teachers College students, faculty, and staff may use the materials request form to request library materials not owned by Gottesman Libraries, or the Columbia Morningside Campus Libraries.


Workshops - The Gottesman Libraries' education program offers a calendar of workshops on citation management, research techniques, and academic writing processes. Visit the Events page on the library’s website to learn about and RSVP to upcoming workshops.

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