See the Ames Library Educational Studies Research Guide for links and strategies.


1. Search for Literature Reviews, Research Summaries, Meta-Analysis, Best Evidence Synthesis, Research Points

2. Create Lit Review Topic Outline


3. Databases/Search Indexes

  • Academic Search Premier

  • Current Research@

  • Dissertation and Theses

  • Education Abstracts

  • ERIC

  • PaperFirst

  • Professional Development

  • PsycInfo

  • WorldCat

4. Search Journals (Subject Specific)

5. Search for Books/Handbooks in the Ames Library Catalog

  • Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education (2001)

  • Foreign Language Standards: Linking Research, Theories, and Practices (1998)

  • Handbook of College Science Teaching

  • Handbook of International Research in Mathematics Education (2002, 2008)

  • Handbook of African American Education

  • Handbook of Research on Teacher Education (1996)

  • Handbook of Research on Teaching (2001)

  • Handbook of Research on Mathematics Teaching and Learning (1992, 2006)

  • Second Handbook of Research on Mathematics Teaching and Learning (2007)

  • Handbook of Special Education (2007)

  • Handbook of Early Child Development (2006)

  • Handbook of Research on Literacy in Technology at the K-12 Level (2006)

  • Elementary Education : A Reference Handbook (2005)

  • Handbook of Learning Disabilities (2003)

  • Handbook of Interview Research : context & method (2002)

  • Handbook of Research Design in Mathematics and Science education (2000)

  • Handbook of Design Research Methods in Education: Innovations in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Learning and Teaching (2008)

  • Handbook of Research on Schools, Schooling, and Human Development

  • International Handbook of Curriculum Research (2003)

  • Issues in Mathematical Education series

  • Principles & Standards for School Mathematics (2000)

  • 2005-2015: Realizing Our Vision of Languages for All (2005)

  • Research Highlights in Technology and Teacher Education (SITE, 2009-2010)

  • Teacher Research: Stories of Learning and Growing

6. Write Annotations (using Refworks)


7. Draft Literature Review