This guide provides information and links to resources and services to help you with your research in Dr. Manja Klemencic's course. If you have any questions about the libraries or about doing research at Harvard, please don't hesitate to ask.
Kathleen Sheehan

Finding Scholarly Sources

This is a selection of resources for finding journals articles. If you are interested in finding additional resources, try the Databases section of the Library site.

Education Databases

  • ERIC provides citations and abstracts from over 750 education journals and related documents from the Educational Resource Information Center from 1967 to the present.
  • Education Abstracts provides citations and abstracts from over 680 periodicals and some books from 1983 to the present.
  • Higher Education Abstracts published by The Claremont Graduate University, is a quarterly compilation of abstracts of journal articles pertaining to college students, faculty, administrators, and related topics in higher education.
  • ​​​​​​​Oxford Bibliographies Online. Education presents annotated bibliographies prepared by scholars who have chosen the key sources in a subject area. Oxford Bibliographies Online. Sociology 


  • Social Science Premium Collection  provides access to databases covering the international literature in the social sciences, including politics, sociology, anthropology, and education. 
  • Google Scholar enables you to search for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Google Scholar also enables citation searching which will show you a list of books and/or articles that have cited an item since it was published.
    • Search for the title of a book or article.
    • Select the "Cited by" link under the entry for the book or article.
  • Web of Science is a multidisciplinary database covering the journal literature of the sciences, social sciences and arts. It indexes major journals in these disciplines and also enables citation searching.

Key Journals in Higher Education

Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education
Christian Higher Education
College Student Affairs Journal
College Teaching
Community College Journal of Research and Practice
Community College Review
Higher Education Pedagogies
Higher Education Policy
Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning
Innovations in Education and Teaching International
Innovative Higher Education
International Journal for Academic Developmen
International Journal of Doctoral Studies
International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education
International Journal of Higher Education Management
International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
Internet and Higher Education
Jesuit Higher Education
Journal about Women in Higher Education
Journal of Academic Ethics
Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education
Journal of College and University Law
Journal of College Student Development
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, & Practice
Journal of Computing in Higher Education
Journal of Continuing Higher Education
Journal of Diversity in Higher Education
Journal of Faculty Development
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement
Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management
Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice
Journal of International Students
Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education
Journal of Marketing for Higher Education
Journal of Problem-Based Learning in Higher Education
Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education
Journal of Scholarly Publishing
Journal of Service Learning in Higher Education
Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice
New Directions for Institutional Research
New Directions for Teaching and Learning
Perspectives: policy and practice in higher education
Planning for Higher Education
Research Evaluation
Student Success
Teaching and Learning Inquiry
Teaching in Higher Education
Theory and Method in Higher Education Research

Handbooks & Encyclopedias in Higher Education

The following sources provide background on theories and movements and review key issues and major debates related to higher education.

Finding Data Resources

For assistance with finding and using data resources and government documents in the library, please contact Diane Sredl, Data Reference Librarian at govdoc@fas.harvard.edu

Selected Harvard LIbrary Research Guides:

Below are a few of the data resources available to you:


Finding Books

When you are looking for books and articles on a topic, use the default search in HOLLIS, which is a keyword search. Once you have done a search, note the "facets" on the right side of the page. The facets enable you to narrow your search by language, source type, subject, etc.

If you find an item you need that the Library does not currently own, you can submit a Purchase Request.

Selected Books on Higher Education by Harvard Authors

Research Methods

  • Sage Research Methods is the ultimate methods library with more than 1000 books, reference works, journal articles, and instructional videos by leading academics from across the social sciences. The Methods Map can help those less familiar with research methods to find the best technique to use in their research.

Helpful Services & Tools