Outreach Librarian:
Kathy McGowan

Rush Rhees Library


Office Hours:
By Appointment



Finding Journal Articles using Databases

     (to locate a known article, see FAQ #1)


  • 6607
    Education Full Text Via EBSCO 1983 - current
    Good starting place for locating journal articles. Indicates if the article is peer reviewed. Education Full Text is produced by the H. W. Wilson Company and is one of the databases included in Wilson OmniFile.
  • 6610
    ERIC Via FirstSearch 1966 - current
    Access to journal articles and other education related materials.
  • 6674
    PsycINFO Via Ovid 1969 - current
  • 6852
    Google Scholar varies
    Off campus users: Click on Scholar Preferences. Type Rochester in the 'Library Links' section. Check the relevant boxes. Click Save Preferences.
  • 6633
    ISI Citation Databases 1898 - current
    Identifies journal articles and cited references to research publications from all disciplines, some with links to full text.
  • 6690
    UlrichsWeb Current
    Is my article peer reviewed? Look up the name of the journal to see if it is 'refereed' (aka peer reviewed).

 For many other journal article search engines, see: Find Databases.


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Finding Books


     Search the Voyager Catalog to find books, journals (not journal articles!), dvds, dissertations and theses, electronic databases and electronic texts available in the University of Rochester Libraries.

     Search the WorldCat database to identify books and other materials that have been published but which may not be available at the University of Rochester Libraries. Select the [icon here] to link to a filled out interlibrary loan request form.



Finding Education Statistics 


National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Annual Reports

          Search the contents of major NCES publications such as The Condition of Education, The Digest of Education Statistics, and Projections of Education Statistics. NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.


New York State Education Department Education Statistics

          Trends in enrollment, expenditures, local assistance, Federal aid, staffing, and postsecondary student financial aid for elementary, secondary, postsecondary and professional education in New York State.



Finding Background Information in Online Encyclopedias


Encyclopedia of the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education  (2009)


Encyclopedia of Education Law  (2008)


Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology  (2008)


Encyclopedia of Bilingual Education  (2008)


Gender and Education: An Encyclopedia  (2007)


21st Century Education: A Reference Handbook  (2008)


Encyclopedia of Counseling  (2008)


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1. I have a reference to a specific journal article. How do I find the article?

Check eJournals to see if the journal is online. Search by the title of the journal (NOT the article). For example, a search for        Educational Researcher finds this:


Educational researcher
     Source: JSTOR     Coverage: 1972 - 2005
     Source: Sage Publications     Coverage: 01/01/1999 - present
     Source: Wilson OmniFile     Coverage: 01/01/2001 - 12/31/2006


The article I want is in a 2008 issue of Educational Researcher so I click on the Sage Publications link. I then see the publisher website for Educational Researcher and I will either type the title of my article into the search box on the Sage site or select the volume and issue I need by scanning the date list.


If the journal you want is either not in eJournals or the coverage dates are wrong:

  • Fill out an Interlibrary loan form for the journal article. We will send the article to you through the interlibrary loan system. This usually takes 1 to 3 days.


  • If you'd like to see the entire journal and/or need the article immediately, search the Voyager catalog for the journal title (not article title). Be sure to select "Journal Title" in the pulldown.


  • Take a chance and paste your article title into Google Scholar. If you are off-campus, be sure Scholar Preference for University of Rochester is set as the Library Link.


If you have the title of an article but don't know the title of the journal:

  • Type the title into Google Scholar and/or Google. Use quotation marks to narrow your search to the exact title.



2. I'd like to read a book in the Rhees stacks. Is there a way to have it held for me?

Yes! We'd be happy to retrieve the book and hold it for you at the Rush Rhees circulation desk.We will email you when the book is available.

  • Look up the book title in the Voyager catalog,
  • If you get a list of titles--select the one you want by clicking the title.

Select "Request This Item" near the top of the page.



3. My journal article is only available in paper or microform format. Can I get a copy?


Yes! We'll make a pdf of the article and send it to you through the interlibrary loan system. This usually takes 24 hours and there is no charge.

  • Fill out an Interlibrary Loan request form for the article. Find the link to Interlibrary Loan on the library home page and as a link in the Voyager catalog.






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