President's Teaching and Learning Collaborative
- Literature Review
- Finding Articles
- Publication Outlets
- SOTL websites
A brief review of the relevant literature should illustrate that your project is grounded in research and will demonstrate your knowledge of the issues involved in your problem. It will also indicate your ability to synthesize recent literature in your project area and will provide a conceptual framework for your project. The literature review will also help convince the Grant Committee of the need and/or novelty of the project and that the results of the project have the potential to be published or presented in a relevant forum.
The literature review should be well organized and engaging to read. We suggest using subheadings to make the literature review coherent and easy to follow.
1. Search journals and sources that you are familiar with and have used in the past for literature reviews.
2. Use Google Scholar for a broad perspective on possible sources for SOTL research in your discipline. Google Scholar includes citations from ERIC and SOTL websites. Use your institutions VPN so you can connect to the full-text.
3. Search journals and sources related to Education/Psychology.
4. Contact a librarian for assistance.
Due to licensing restrictions, access to most of the databases listed below and some of the journal titles listed above will require you to follow the remote access setup for your respective campus (Boulder, Colorado Springs, Health Sciences, Auraria)
Web of Science
Provides access to current and retrospective bibliographic information, author abstracts, and cited references found in 5,700 of the world's leading scholarly science and technical journals covering more than 164 disciplines.
Coverage: 1970 - present. CU
Provides access to the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.
Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)
Provides full text journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study - including social sciences, humanities, education , computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies.
Coverage: varies. CU
ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
This index is an free internet-based digital library and index of education research and information including higher education sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC indexes journal and non-journal literature from 1966 to the present. ERIC also contains a growing collection of full-text documents in PDF format.
Licensed versions of ERIC (CSA, FirstSearch, and EBSCO) are available at each respective campus (see the listing below.) These versions offer direct links to full-text journals and allow direct exporting to bibliography management services such as RefWorks and Endnote.
Education Abstracts and Full-Text (1983 – present)
This index includes comprehensive coverage of an international range of English-language periodicals, monographs and yearbooks. Includes full text of articles, with indexing cover to cover, from hundreds of journals. Coverage includes about 79 journals (37 with full text) not covered by ERIC.
Digitized collection of full-text journal articles covering a diverse range of subjects.
Produced and copyrighted by the American Psychological Association. Contains citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations, and technical reports in the field of psychology and the psychological aspects of related disciplines, such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education , pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business, and law. Coverage: 1800s - present
Keeping track of your sources
A personal online database and bibliography creator that allows users to create a personal database online, import references automatically from multiple databases, organize references, and quickly format bibliographies and manuscripts. You will need to create a login and password. Provided by the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries.
Use RefWorks, EndNote Web, EndNote, Zotero, or some other citation management tool. You will be able to keep track of citations, organize your literature reviews, insert citations easily into your paper, as well as create bibliographies. It will save you a huge amount of time in the long run.
You can customize Chinook, the CU library catalog, so that you automatically receive email alerts of new resources added to the library collection.
Current awareness services
Databases such as CSA ERIC allow you to set up automatic searches and Table of Contents alerts for journals. You will need to create an account in CSA ERIC which will allow you to save searches, get e-mail alerts, and recieve journal alerts.
Links to “core” journals in addition to discipline-specific journals
SOTL general subjects journals
Peer-reviewed quarterly publishes articles that contribute to effective instruction and learning regardless of level or subject.
Here is the url for a new International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Vol. 1, No. 1 (January 2007). They are easy to read, short for our busy schedules, thoughtful and meaningful to our work together. Many will give you a context for how broad this work on teaching and learning is becoming. Mary Ann
This peer reviewed electronic journal is devoted to the discussion of teaching excellence in colleges and universities. The regular issues will contain articles in two broad Content Areas : effective teaching and the scholarship of teaching. We invite contributors to share their insights in pedagogy, innovations in teaching and learning, and classroom experiences in the form of a scholarly communication. We are particularly interested in topics addressed in the particular Content Areas described at this site, including empirical research on pedagogy, innovations in teaching and learning, and classroom experiences.
ALA: American Library Association
The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISSOTL) serves faculty members, staff, and students who care about teaching and learning as serious intellectual work. The goal of the Society is to foster inquiry and disseminate findings about what improves and articulates post-secondary learning and teaching.
This site includes resources about learning theory, a guideline to measuring learning, and journals for publication.
This site includes links to:
- SoTL Conferences & Institutes
- Disciplinary Support for SoTL
- Examples of SoTL Work
- Publication Outlets
This site includes sections on publishing articles, human subjects issues, and books and journals relating to SOTL.
This consortium of major research campuses and disciplinary societies in the United States, Canada, and Australia is assessing the position and potential of scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) in higher education. Resources are available on SOTL models, resources, and relevant reports.
EDUCAUSE's mission is "transforming education through information technologies." EDUCAUSE focuses on understanding learners, aligning learning principles and practices together and integrating learning technology—all with the goal of improving student success. EDUCAUSE's resources on teaching and learning include the work of members as well as material contributed from EDUCAUSE's strategic initiative, the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative.
The International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning encourages the study of instruction and principles of learning in order to implement practical, effective methods of teaching and learning, promote the application, development and evaluation of such methods, and foster the scholarship of teaching and learning among practicing post-secondary educators. This link connects to a list of higher education journals focused on teaching and learning.
Contact Alison Graber with any questions about this web page.
Alison Graber, Education Bibliographer
- Email: Alison.Graber@colorado.edu
- Phone: 303-492-7955
UC Colorado Springs
Judith Rice-Jones, Reference Librarian
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 719.262.3175
Orlando “Lando” Archibeque, Social Science Bibliographer
- Email: Orlando.Archibeque@cudenver.edu
- Phone: 303.556.3482
UC Denver Health Sciences Center (Denison Memorial Library)
Lilian Hoffecker, Reference and Education Librarian
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 303-724-2124
Last Update:February 17, 2010