Drs. G. Drenthe

Faculty liaison Social Sciences & Health Care Governance

Erasmus University Rotterdam

University Library, Burgemeester Oudlaan 50

T: +31 (0)10 408 1220

E: gusta.drenthe@eur.nl

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Literature on a particular topic

When you need to find literature on a particular topic, these databases are recommended:


Database, covering education-related journals and documents since 1966. Emphasis is on America. You can also access ERIC via http://www.eric.ed.gov/. The content is the same, the search options are a bit different. 


Database of the American Psychological Association (APA), covering psychological literature from the 1880s to the present. The Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms is used to index the articles, books and book chapters.
Subdisciplines a.o.: Educational Measurement; Learning & Memory; Developmental Psychology; Marriage & Family; Childrearing & Child Care; Learning Disorders; Educational Psychology.


Database of the National Library of Medicine (USA), which indexes over 4000 international biomedical journals. The MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) is used to index articles.
Education is one of the subheadings.


Multidisciplinary citation database, covering journals and books

Web of Science

Multidisciplinary citation database, covering journals and conference proceedings.  Subdisciplines are a,o, Education & Educational Research; Special education; Development & Educational Psychology.


Background information, definitions etc.

This widget allows you to search within the reference works available in sEURch:

These online encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks are recommended:

APA Educational Psychology Handbook Examines theories, constructs, and critical issues in learning and teaching; individual differences, cultural factors; and contextual factors and applications. 
Vol. 1 addresses the definition of educational psychology.
Vol. 2 includes 21 chapters that examine a range of individual differences, cultural factors, and contextual factors affecting student achievement, motivation, and beliefs.
Vol. 3 focuses on specific applications of research in educational psychology for assessment and decision making, teaching skills and content, promoting learning, and teacher preparation as well as across the life span and with special populations. 
Dictionary of Education UK-focused Dictionary of Education provides clear and concise definitions for 1,250 terms. Coverage includes all sectors of education: pre-school, primary, secondary, further and higher education, special needs, adult and continuing education, and work-based learning.
Encyclopedia of Play intoday's Society Covers the concept of 'play' in history and in modern society: from learning to competition, mastery of nature, socialization, and cooperation.
Encyclopedia of Psychology
(via PsycBOOKS)
This 8-volume APA encyclopedia is a guide to every area of psychological theory, research, and practice.
Please note: this link brings you to the UL-catalogue, there you can find the links to the separate volumes.
Encyclopedia of Public health From 2008 (Springer). With a focus on prevention and health promotion in 25 fields of public health, a.o. Family health and Health Behavior.
Handbook of learning disabilities Reviews the major theoretical, methodological, and instructional advances that have occurred in the field of learning disabilities and their relationship to basic psychological and brain processes.
International Encyclopedia of Education Topics include: Demography and Social Change; Learning and Cognition; Education of Professionals; Economics; Globalization; Philosophy of Education; Education Research Methodology; Primary & Secondary Education; Educational Assessment; Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning; Vocational Education and Training; Qualitative Research; Education Measurement; Technology and Learning; Higher Education; Leadership and Management; Educational Evaluation; Education of Children with Special Needs; Curriculum Development; National Systems of Education; Adult Education; Statistics; ECEC Theory; Teacher Education; Early Childhood Education and Care.
International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (2nd edition) Contains about 4000 articles, 90.000 references and 150 bibliographical entries on communication, behavioral sciences, social sciences, psychology and education theory. Also known as IESBS. Part of Science Direct (Elsevier). 
MIT Encyclopedia of the Cognitive Sciences (MITECS) Covers the cognitive sciences, with contributions from various disciplines including psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, philosophy, anthropology and the social sciences more generally, evolutionary biology, education, computer science, artificial intelligence, and ethology.


You can browse all e-journals in the A-to-Z list.