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Dissertation Research in Education: Books & Reference Works

This guide was created to teach doctoral students to select, search, evaluate and organize their dissertation research project.

Finding books at Speed Library

Speed Library has a growing collection of over 249,000 items including books, e-books, CDs, music CDs, sheet music, kits, cassette tapes, videos, and DVDs.   MICAL, the Library's Online Catalog (commonly called the OPAC), accesses the library’s holdings by author, title, subject, keyword, and phrase. 

Use Advanced Search if you want to limit your search by language, format, date, publisher or location

Keyword vs. Subject Searching - A keyword search looks for your search term(s) in the title, notes, table of contents and subject fields of the catalog record.  The subject search performs a search based on the approved and controlled vocabulary used in the catalog record subject field.  MC uses the Library of Congress Subject Headings as the source for approved subject headings.  A good tactic is to start with a keyword search, notice the records that are relevant, and note the subject headings in the record.  These are hyperlinked and can be used as a new search to retrieve more records.

See the MICAL HELP SHEET (TO BE DEVELOPED - keyword vs subject, limiting, sorting, holds, reserves, printing, etc) for additional suggestions and tips for searching in the online catalog.


Finding eBooks

Most Speed Library ebooks are in the NetLibrary collection.  These can easily be found by going to the library catalog search page and keying in any keyword term AND Netlibrary.  [example:  education and netlibrary]

All eBook collections are listed in the E-book Collections page.

Not available at Speed Library?

If the College Library doesn't have the book or periodical article that you need, you can request that it be borrowed from another library through interlibrary loan.

Books: are usually received within 1-2 weeks through the mail and are generally at no cost.

Articles: generally take 2-3 days and because of the effort involved in locating and photocopying article requests, it is more common for libraries to charge.

Education Call #s

Relevant Educational Leadership materials in the Dewey Decimal Classification System:

Dewey Decimal

Subject Area




Educational Psychology
School Management
  Elementary Education
  Secondary Education
  Schools & Religion
  Higher Education
  Public Policy issues in 
  Organizations &
  Statistics (Correlation)