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Tim Siftar

Tim Siftar
Librarian for Information Sci & Tech, School of Education, and Goodwin College
Hours M-F: 9am-5pm
Hagerty Library, Room 134


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Global & International Education

  1. Finding Books
  2. Finding Articles
  3. Reference Books
  4. News
  5. Dissertations
  6. Directories
  7. Statistics
  8. Web Resources

Finding Books

Searching the Drexel Library catalog for books on global and international education:

Try a keyword search:

comparative education globalization and education

Try browsing by subject:

Community Education orEconomic Development -- Effect of Education on

Search just Drexel's e-books:

Advanced Catalog Search (set location = "DU Electronic Books") or this link works too for browsing.

Or search full-text of e-books we have from e-book vendors:

EBrary (has good education collection) or NetLibrary

No luck? Try the following steps:

1.) Identify good books searching all US libraries via:


2.) Or search fulltext on:


3.) Then order books you have identified through Drexel's self-service inter-library-loan:


4.) Or, if the book you want is not in our EZBorrow network, request it via our Inter-Library-Loan system, ILLiad (requires initial quick registration)


QUESTION: How do distance education students borrow books from the Drexel collection?

ANSWER: Request books in the Drexel Library catalog via ILLiad, same as you would an out-of-network book. Be sure to indicate in your profile and request your are a distance ed student. It will be shipped to you via UPS with a return-mail label included. You may renew it two times if no one else has requested it. You are then responsible for the cost of mailing it back to Drexel. Books borrowed from other libraries through ILLiad will be mailed to you the same way, but you may only renew them once.   FYI - if you think the book you need would be a good addition to the Drexel Libraries collection, you may recommend it to the Education Librarian for rush purchase.

Finding Articles

best resource1) ERIC on EBSCO 1967-present (see "GetIT" links for full text) -- ELECTRONIC Journal articles, agency reports, and much more. The authoritative repository for the teaching discipline published by the U.S. Department of Education. SEARCH TIPS: On the EBSCO platform, try "limiting your results" using the new "Education Level" or "Peer-Reviewed" option. Or, use the thesaurus to identify your terms. Then with the Advanced Search, use the drop down menus to specify your terms as "SU Descriptors," placing quotes around any search phrases. 

2) ERIC.ed.gov - on free web (see "Find in a Library" links for full text) -- WEB SEARCH TIPS: On the free web platform, use the thesaurus to identify your search terms. Then in Advanced Search, specify your terms as "descriptors" and place quotes around them. For help, consult the guide to ERIC resources. I recommend trying your search in both this EBSCO and the free web version of ERIC - results may differ!        

Summon - ELECTRONIC To search across ALL DATABASES to which we subscribe, try this amazing "discovery layer" for the broadest possible results. Narrow your search using the menus on the left hand side of the screen. First check the box to "Limit to articles from scholarly publications." Then see the "Subject Terms" group and click the "more options" link to see all the indexing terms related to the articles you have retrieved. Select just a few of the most relevant terms to narrow your results.

Reference Books & Background

best resourceCountry Watch -- ELECTRONIC Concise, current background on all the countries of the world. Covers social aspects including education.

Global Road Warrior -- ELECTRONIC Quick tactical facts for the business traveler for most of the countries of the world. Covers social aspects including education.

The Routledge international handbook of higher education -- ELECTRONIC

The international handbook of school effectiveness research -- ELECTRONIC

Routledge international encyclopedia of women -- ELECTRONIC Global women's issues and knowledge. Vol. 1, Ability--Education: Globalization


best resource Factiva -- ELECTRONIC Up to the minute business information. Browse "Subjects" to find "Political-General_News" section and Education within that to select areas such as "Higher Education." Browse the "Region" heading to identify one area or country of interest. Combine these browsed selections with keywords for your topic to search just the publications of the region in which you are interested. Supports foreign language searching as well across tons of international publications.

Try using the Library's Summon search to find e-journal titles that come up with the words "international and education." Narrow on desired topics using the left-hand navigation for "Subject Terms" and the link for "more..." 



Digital Dissertations -- ELECTRONIC For electronic versions of all dissertations, full-text is available online since 1997. This includes both Drexel-affiliated and non-Drexel authors for most cases  (this is *new* since winter '12). For those minority of Non-Drexel theses not available full-text, they can be requested via our Inter-Library Loan service ILLiad. Great for graduate students to see samples. Also, fyi, the Drexel Archives electronically publishes most Drexel Theses and Dissertations via our institutional repository. This is also how they end up getting listed in Google Scholar.

Corporate and Not-for-Profit Directories and Tax Documents

best resourceD&B Million Dollar Database -- (ELECTRONIC) From the credit reporting agency Dun & Bradstreets comes this deep directory of businesses operating in the USA. Use the Advanced Search to browse by Industry Criteria.  In particular the NAICS Code option lets you browse the NAICS tree structures (North American Industry Classification System) or keyword search the descriptions. Make NAICS and then geographic selections, using the "Add to Criteria" button at the top with each criteria before pressing the "Run Search" button. This D&B tool supports your downloading of directory records for up to 100 companies at a time in tab-delimited format that can be opened in a spreadsheet.

Guidestar.org - WEB Free registration required to use this directory of not for profit organizations in the United States. Glean valuable details from the IRS 990 tax filing documents listed there.

Encyclopedia of Associations -- ELECTRONIC Excellent librarian standard for identifying not for profit associations relevant to your interests.


best resource Global Market Information Database (GMID) - ELECTRONIC Euromonitor's market information database that includes basic education indicators on 205 countries. Funky interface. See the left-hand navigation to select "Countries & Consumers" then 1st menu for "Gov't-Labor-Education" and 2nd menu for "Literacy & Education." Then choose geography. Education data are embedded within the broader market survey reports. From within reports be sure to see the right-hand link for STATISTICS - View Related Statistics. Very current with nice conversion features.

TableBase -- ELECTRONIC This unique resource indexes just the charts & data-tables from a very wide array of full-text sources. Hit or miss, but if your issue has been in the news, you are likely to find supporting data here.

World Bank Open Data - WEB Repository for structured data sets from the World Bank on a wide variety of indicators including education and development.

best resource Encyclopedia of Associations -- ELECTRONIC As yourself "who cares" enough about the information you are seeking to actually perform a survey or publish research on your topic. The more esoteric the information, the more likely you will find it useful to identify an association that covers your area of interest.

Web Resources

NAFSA - WWW Professional association dedicated to international education.

Network of International Education Associations -- WWW A global network of international higher education associations working for mutual learning, information sharing, and to identify emerging issues, problems and opportunities.

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