Major Research Tools

Chronicle of Higher Education


Newspaper covering higher education.



Coverage: 1966-present

The most comprehensive index to books, articles, conference papers, posters, pamphlets, etc., in the field of education.

Other Suggested Research Tools

College and University Rankings

Links to various ranking services, "along with cautionary notes and a discussion of the ongoing controversy over rankings." Provided by the Education and Social Science Library of the University of Illinois.


The US Department of Education's Educational Resources Information Center.

ETS Test Collection


Database containing information on 20,000 tests and research instruments. Some entries include references to journal articles where the full-text of the test can be found.

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)


Detailed institution-level data on higher education from the National Center for Education Statistics. Covers enrollments, faculty and staff, finances, and other topics. Data is available through the "IPEDS Peer Analysis System" and/or as zipped files. Consult a reference librarian if you need assistance.



Interactive tool for mapping data related to education, in topic areas such as assessment, employment, demographics, and social (e.g. household makeup, citizenship, etc.). From the National Center for Education Statistics. 

National Center for Education Statistics


Department of Education statistics and information on the state of education in the U.S. and other nations. See especially the Digest of Education Statistics and The Condition of Education.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Information on occupations, including working conditions, education and training requirements, and job prospects. From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Pennsylvania School Performance Profile


Part of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, these reports provide data on K-12 public schools. Data includes enrollment, attendance, class size, technology, library resources, staffing, programs, assessment results and more. Search by county, map, or word. Profiles from previous years are also available. Provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Peterson's Guide to Graduate Schools


Descriptions and directory information for U.S. and Canadian graduate programs. (The paper version is available in Skillman Reference: LB 2371 .P38x.)

School District Demographics


Provides access to geographic and demographic data useful for describing and analyzing characteristics of school districts, children, and K-12 education. School district maps are also available. Provided by the National Center for Education Statistics.

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) System


System used by federal statistical agencies to classify workers into occupational categories for the purpose of collecting, calculating, or disseminating data. Provided by the Bureau for Labor Statistics. For additional information on skills, knowledge, etc. associated with occupations, see O*NET Online.

World of Learning


Directory of learned societies, research institutions, libraries, museums and institutions of higher education from around the world.