Education Research


Background information

Basic explanations of theoretical concepts and terms in education and related social science and humanities theory:


OneSearch is a broad multidisciplinary search engine of books and articles. It contains within it the entirety of the ERIC database (see below) but much more besides. If your topic is at all interdisciplinary (e.g. education in any context other than K-12 North American public schools), you will find the most using this tool. 

ERIC is the most comprehensive database focused on "core" education scholarly books and articles. If you have tried OneSearch, and find too much irrelevant material, using ERIC alone may help focus your search better.

ERIC Documents: If an ED document is not full text online, the Library has most of 1997 - 2003,  ED398352 - ED483046 in microfiche (known as the ERIC Microfiche Collection). This ED number is provided as the accession # in the ERIC database.  See library staff for assistance. For all other documents, place an ILL request and include the ED# at the end of the Title. As of 2015, approximately 65% of the entire 1966-2004 collection is available in full text through the official ERIC site,


Canadian Education Articles

CBCA - a mix of scholarly and popular articles source with a Canadian education focus (database also includes non-education materials such as business and general reference).


Education in non-traditional contexts

Use the OneSearch search box on the Library's home page. Examples include education topics in professional contexts such as workplaces and hospitals, for which the business or medical literature may also be useful.

Complete list of Education databases - for finding published articles, reports, and other materials.

Canadian government publications

Government documents and reports are especially important to education research, because education is a key endeavour of provincial governments.

Use Canadian Government Search - special edition of Google for searching Canadian government web sites - good for finding official policies and statistics



Use OneSearch to find books published from many sources, then use Interlibrary Loan to request to borrow the ones that Robertson Library does not own. See "Find Books & More" for more information.


Other useful resources

Reserves material - specific reading material selected by instructors of specific courses in education

APA Citation Style - the most commonly used style for education is APA, developed by the American Psychological Association ("APA")

Education Learning Commons catalogue - search the collection of the Education department's special collection of professional materials and children's books located in the ELC, 301 Memorial Building


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