Doctoral Studies Resources

The Pearson Library offers rich resources to help you with your studies and dissertation. Our comprehensive resources include:

  • 208,000 volumes
  • 476 journal subscriptions
  • Access to more than 130 subscription databases with over 17,000 full text journals
  • Access to over 97,600 electronic books (eBooks) including Project Guttenberg titles
  • 52,000 volumes on microfiche
  • Curriculum, juvenile literature, and audiovisiual collections
  • Course resere material available in the library and via blackboard 9.1 course management system
  • Over 250 popular reading and 276 popular DVD titles

Powerful Electronic Databases

Specialized databases relevant to dissertation and doctoral-level research include: Academic Search Premier, ERIC, Wilson Education Full-Text, Dissertation Abstracts, PsycINFO, JSTOR, Project Muse and SCOPUS. Education and social science databases are conveniently located on the Educational Leadership Web guide

Personalized Assistance

A full-time education librarian with an Ed.D. provides personalized assistance with online research and using tools such as EndNote and Qualrus. Information literacy instruction on using these resources to all doctoral students during classroom visits.

An Information Commons provides reference services and technology assistance from 10 A.M. to 10 P.M. during the regular academic year. This service is staffed by professional librarians and trained student assistants.

Quick & Efficient Interlibrary Loan

CLU students enjoy efficient interlibrary loan services at no charge. Books, published dissertations, articles and hard-to-find research materials can be requested. Articles are delivered electronically as PDF documents within 3-5 days. Nominal charges for specialized requests and dissertations.

Specialized Research Tools

These tools are available to all students and will help you conduct research, analyze data and format your research project. Training workshops are regularly available.

EndNote X4 is a powerful software tool for organizing and managing research and applying APA and other styles to manuscripts. Available for installation on graduate student computers. Contact the Help Desk for an appointment.

Flashlight is an easy-to-use tool for conducting online surveys. It is accessible anywhere via an Internet connection. Request an account by contacting the Help Desk.

Qualrus is a powerful application used for organizing and analyzing qualitative data such as interviews, field notes, video, images and more. It is available in campus PC labs. Purchase the full version at a discounted student rate from the Qualrus Order Page.

SPSS is the premier application used to analyze quantitative data. It is available in campus PC labs. Purchase a student version by visiting SPSS Student Software for options. Note: The University does not support SPSS for the MAC.

Customized Web Guides

Visit our customized support pages for the K-12 Leadership and Higher Education Leadership tracks. You'll find links to databases, electronic journals and Web sites relevant to your area of specialization.


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