gf Services to the Graduate School of Education


Services to the Graduate School of Education

The UCR Libraries has an impressive collection of over 2 million volumes and access to several thousand electronic resources to support the education and research mission of the University of California, Riverside.  A majority of the education materials are located in the Rivera Library. Some materials related to science/mathematics education, along with pediatric health and illness can be found in the Science Library. In addition to our print and electronic resources, a solid core of library services are available to help you in your teaching and research efforts.

Electronic Resources


The Library subscribes to a wide array of digital materials. There are over 100 online databases available to you providing bibliographic and full-text access to articles, dissertations, books, ERIC documents, reports, and government publications.  New electronic databases are announced on the library's web site.  For a complete listing, check the library web site at under  Articles, then select: Databases by Subject or  Databases A-Z

The most important online database for education research is  ERIC.


is the world's largest database on education information, with citations and abstracts to over 1 million journal articles (indicated by EJ) and ERIC documents (indicated by ED). Updated monthly, ERIC includes citations to books, dissertations, reports, and other publication types from 1966-present. The full ERIC document collection is available on microfiche in the Basement of Rivera Library. From 1996 to present, many ERIC documents are available in PDF format online through the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) database.

To Access ERIC:
Go to the UCR Library Homepage at URL:
Click on Databases by Subject, then Education
Click on ERIC [via Cambridge Scientific Abstracts] Use Advanced Search for customized search strategies.
To limit to journal articles in Advanced Search:
Use the pull down menu and select PT=.
In the adjacent box, type in "journal articles"
To see whether we own the article cited:
Click on the UC-eLinks button.
A second browser window will open up.
Click on the arrowto see if UCR owns the item:
Check holdings in SCOTTY: The UCR Libraries Catalog

If Electronic Full-Text is available, click on that arrow.

Wilson Education Full Text

The UCR Libraries has added Wilson Education Full Text, a one-stop source for education research to its excellent collection of electronic resources. Wilson Education Full Text provides the full text of articles (html and PDF), cover to cover, from hundreds of education journals. It also indexes 600 English-language periodicals, monographs, and yearbooks.

Among the periodicals are 79 journals (37 with full text) not covered by the other key education database, ERIC. For a complete list of these journals, click here. Coverage in this resource begins in 1983, with full text starting in 1996. Using Wilson Education Full Text, you will find information on such topics as elementary education, special education, teaching methods, and much more.

Digital Dissertations - Dissertation Abstracts International

Citations to dissertations from 1861 to present from most North American and some European universities (a few masters' theses). Abstracts are available from 1980. Beginning in 1997, UC dissertations in their entirety in PDF format are available for free; non-UC dissertations can be purchased online for a fee or requested through Interlibrary Loans.

Web of Science Incorporating the print version of the Social Science Citation Index, this impressive resource includes citations to articles in all the social sciences from 1975 to present. Also included is citation searching for articles that cite known authors or works.

PsycINFO - Psychological Abstracts Scholarly articles, books chapters, reports & dissertations are indexed as far back as 1887. It is an excellent resource for educational psychology materials.

The Library subscribes to several education and education-related journals online. Examples include: Early Childhood Education Journal, Higher Education Policy, Journal of Curriculum Studies, International Journal of Educational Development, Teachers College Record, to name a few. Some full-text journals are  Adobe PDF image files (PDF)   that require the most current version of the free Adobe® Acrobat® Reader . Many of our online databases include links to these full-text articles.

For more information, contact a Reference Librarian at (951) 827-4392 or via email:

Connect from home / Off-campus access

The University Libraries subscribe to many indexing and abstracting databases, electronic journals, and other digital collections, most of which are available from off campus. For more information on how to access databases remotely please go to Connect From Home.

Curriculum Library - Education Services 
(951) 827-3715  Email: Christina Cicchetti or Christopher Martone

UCR's Curriculum Library is located on the 2nd floor of Rivera Library.  This special unit, which we call Education Services is a rich resource of instructional and learning materials for grades K-12. The purpose of Education Services is to provide materials for credential program candidates in their practice teaching.

Books can be checked out for 2 weeks at the main Circulation Desk. Non-book materials circulate for 30 days and must be checked out directly from Education Services.

Education Services includes the following collections:

Textbooks: Current with the most recent adoptions by the California State Department of Education, K-12 textbooks in all curriculum areas: art, health, mathematics, music, language arts, science and the social sciences.

Comprehensive collections of children's literature appropriate for classroom use, K-12. Included are autobiographies, biographies, fables, contemporary realistic fiction, fairy tales, fantasy, folklore, historical fiction, poetry, picture books, and plays. Books in Spanish and a few other languages are available. Additionally, materials are available for teachers on developing thematic units, using the Internet in the classroom, science projects, art ideas, and other classroom projects.

Secured: Learning materials in a variety of formats including math manipulatives, multimedia kits, study prints, audiocassettes, CDs, videos and software.

Reference: Non-circulating specialized reference books including children's encyclopedias, El-Hi Textbooks in Print, bibliographies of children's and young adult literature and many state publications including the California State Frameworks in all disciplines.

A collection of tests including assessment, achievement, diagnostic, and readiness materials. Test materials circulate for limited periods. Access is available only in the Education Services office.

Library Instruction Services
Undergraduate, Graduate, PhD candidates, and Faculty -- Christina Cicchetti  (951) 827-5138 

Undergraduate, Graduate, and PhD candidates

The Rivera Reference Department offers course-related library instruction sessions tailored to meet the needs of the teaching and research needs of the Graduate School of Education. These classes are usually taught in our instruction rooms and give students hands-on experience with library resources. Graduate and undergraduate students are taught how to use Scotty, the UCR Library Catalog, Melvyl®, and relevant online indexes and databases. Furthermore, we can demonstrate how to develop search strategies, filter and evaluate information, locate Internet resources, and more.

Request a library instruction session by completing the online instruction request form.


With the information landscape rapidly growing, it can be difficult to stay abreast and familiar with the Library's extensive collection of electronic resources. Librarians can arrange a visit to your office or departmental facility to show you the most relevant online tools for your needs, whether it is a full-text electronic journal, new database, ERIC document, dissertation, or cited reference searching for tenure review.
Moreover, we would be happy to set up a personalized orientation tour for new faculty, staff, and researchers who would like to be reacquainted with locations and services at the Rivera Library. Contact Christina Cicchetti or 951-827-5138.

Reference Services - 1st Floor
(951) 827-4392   Email:

The Rivera Library has experienced well-trained librarians available to help you and your students find relevant information, learn how to use the various electronic resources, and provide a consulting role through the research process.

Reference and Research Assistance

In-person inquiries can be answered at the Reference Desk, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Visit the Library Hours web page for changes in service hours during holidays, summer, and intersession. E-mail reference questions are checked and answered daily.

Reference by Appointment

An appointment can be made with a reference librarian for in-depth, personalized research assistance. Appointments, which are generally scheduled weekdays from 9-5, can be made by calling the Reference Desk at 827-4392, emailing, or filling out the online RBA request form.

Interlibrary Loans (ILL) - 1st Floor
(951) 827-3234    Email:

Currently enrolled Graduate School of Education students, faculty and staff are eligible to borrow materials that UCR does not own from another library through Interlibrary Loans.  There is usually no charge to you for this service.

To expedite your interlibrary loan requests, we encourage you to use the automated UC-eLinks REQUEST option available with the web versions of the ( Melvyl® Catalog and many of the journal databases.  After filling in brief information, your order for a needed item is directly placed in the automated files of the lending UC campus without the need for local ILL staff to review the request.
ILL staff members are happy to train individual faculty, staff and students on the REQUEST system in the ILL office. For materials not yet available through REQUEST, use the web-based ILL at: or send an email to

Document Delivery
(951) 827-3234    Email:

Materials located in the Rivera Library may be retrieved for faculty, graduate students, staff as well as undergraduates with disabilities through the Rivera Library Document Delivery Service (DDS).
You may submit Document Delivery requests a variety of ways: through REQUEST, the web based ILL forms or via email at: Eligible users wishing to use the Rivera DDS must first pick up and complete a registration form at the Rivera Interlibrary Loans. Books are retrieved and held for check out at the Rivera Circulation Desk. Articles are photocopied and mailed to the address specified on the user registration form. There is a charge for article requests of $.010 per page. Copying from microform to paper is $0.25 per page.

Reserve Services
(951) 827-3235    Email:

Books and articles as well as lecture notes, exams, and problem sets can be placed on reserve at your request. Reserve items circulate for very limited periods, from 1-4 hours to 3-7 days. This allows for maximum student use.

Submitting Reserve Lists

Lists should be submitted at least six weeks before classes start to ensure timely processing of items. This lead-time allows the library to prepare materials for student use by the time classes begins. Upon your request, reserve list forms will be sent to your department each quarter. In addition, lists can be submitted via email to: or online at:

Email requests should include the author, title, course, quarter, loan period, number of copies, and the UCR call number. Please specify the edition you require and language, if other than English.  Also note if more than one copy of a title is needed.

Items not in the Library
The Library will automatically purchase any book you request for Reserve use that is not currently in the collection. Since it may take several weeks before the Library receives a book, requests should be submitted in advance. If a book is out of print, or not available from the publisher, you may wish to supply your own copy for student use. Second copies of items may be requested for large classes of 50 or more students or if an adequate number of books for a particular class is not available to students.

Photocopies & Copyright

Bound and unbound journals and library Reference materials cannot be placed on Reserve, due to the extreme abuse these materials receive when photocopied. Faculty may provide legible photocopies of the needed articles instead. One copy of an item per 15 students in a class will be accepted. The Copyright Law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and other reproductions of copyrighted material. Copies should be made in compliance with the fair use provisions of Section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976. The responsibility for the legality of materials accepted for Reserve use rests with faculty. In accepting photocopies for Reserve, the Library assumes no legal responsibility.

Faculty Notification

Faculty members will be notified of any pages missing from folders, student comments that material is out of date or if a critically needed item is missing or not returned on time.

Return of Reserve Material

At the end of each quarter, personal materials supplied by faculty will be returned. Library materials will return to the general stacks.

(951) 827-3220    Email:

Faculty Borrowing

Books - 1 year  /   Bound and Unbound Periodicals - 3 days
Government Publications and Education Services materials - 2 weeks

Graduate Students

Books - 1 quarter /   Bound and Unbound Periodicals - 3 days
Government Publications and Education Services materials - 2 weeks


Materials may be renewed unless another borrower has requested them. Items may be renewed twice by visiting SCOTTY, the UCR Library Catalog at at and clicking on the link, Display/Renew Items Checked Out to You. You may also renew books by bringing the items to the Circulation Desk of the Library at which they were checked out.

Last modified: 6/24/2011 4:06 PM by M. Yonezawa

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