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.

Education Demographic and Geographic Estimates


Geographic and demographic data useful for describing and analyzing characteristics of school districts, including social, economic, and housing conditions for school-age children and their parents. Provided by the National Center for Education Statistics.


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.

Future Ready PA Index


Provides data and assessment results for Pennsylvania K-12 public schools. Archived data from 2012-2017 is available at the Pennsylvania School Performance Profile website.

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.

Peterson's Guide to Graduate Schools


Descriptions and directory information for U.S. and Canadian graduate programs.

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.

Student Activism on Campus in 20th-century America


Collection of primary sources documenting the history of student organizing in the United States from the 20th and early 21st century. From Reveal Digital, a library crowdfunded open access initiative.