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Education Collection


The New York State Library has an extensive collection of education and education-related information, current and historical. This collection includes Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) indexes, ERIC documents, New York State, Federal and other state documents, college catalogs, books and journals. As a depository for New York State documents, the State Library has a comprehensive collection of these publications. Assembly and Senate documents, the Legislative Document series, Judicial Decisions of the Commissioner of Education and documents of the Board of Regents are just a few of the many resources available in the State Library which deal with education law.

Research Collections


  • ERIC indexes are comprised of two separate print indexes; Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE)1966+) and Resources in Education (RIE). These two indexes are combined in the online ERIC database.
  • Education Index (1929+). This index provides citations to articles from English language periodicals and yearbooks. Education-related books in English, 1995 or later, are also indexed. It is published by the H.W. Wilson Company.
  • College Catalogs. Some bound college catalogs are listed in the online catalog. A reference collection of mostly New York State college catalogs, dating from the 1800s to the mid-1970s, is not listed in the online catalog. These older college catalogs may require several business days to retrieve. Arrangements should be made prior to visiting the Library. Use the Ask a Librarian page to make your request.

Regents Examinations

We have Regents Examinations going from the first exam in the 1800s to the present. Titles, dates of coverage, and call numbers are listed below in date order. The location for all of these examinations is D-NYS-DOC and they are part of our New York State documents collection. Many Regents Exams are available online.

Dates of Coverage Title NYSL Call Number
1957 - to present High School Examinations D, UNI 068-3 HIGSE 78-694
1918 - 1956 Regents High School Examination D, UNI 068-3 HIGSE 78-694
1899, 1904, 1908-16 Examination Papers for the Academic Year D, UNI 370-3 ACAEP 93-9133
1894 - 1898 Regents examination papers for the academic year D, UNI 370-3 ACAEP 93-9133
1891 - 93 Examination papers for the academic year D, UNI 370-3 ACAEP 93-9133
1890 Academic examination papers D, UNI, 370-3 ACAEP 93-9133

Unless they appear in our online catalog, the New York State Library does not hold copies of proficiency examinations.

In addition to the current core curricula and curriculum resource guides which are available from our online catalog and Digital Collections, these materials are available online via the New York State Education Department's EngageNY web site.


The New York State Library provides access to ERIC  (available freely) and other databases which contain education content such as Academic OneFile, JSTOR, and In-Context Opposing Viewpoints. These databases can be searched on-line at the State Library or remotely by registered borrowers whose cards begin with a P.

ERIC is available freely over the Internet. The Educational Resources Information Center, ERIC, was established in 1966, and is supported by the US Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, and the National Library of Education. It consists of more than two million items including documents, journal articles, research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers, and other education-related materials and is updated biweekly. If available, links to full text are included.

CollegeSource is an online database containing approximately 43,415 full cover-to-cover, original page format college catalogs. It includes 2-year, 4-year, graduate, professional and international schools. CollegeSource can only be accessed on-line at the New York State Library.


  • ERIC document collection. 1966+ . Document citations are identified in the ERIC database by ED followed by a number. These documents may be research reports, teaching guides, curriculum guides, lesson plans, conference presentations and other educational literature. They are not listed in our online catalog, unless a copy was obtained from a source other than ERIC. Most documents abstracted in ERIC are in the ERIC microfiche collection. Those that are not will state NOT AVAILABLE FROM EDRS in the Availability field. Check our online catalog as these are often books the State Library has in our collection.
  • College Catalog Microfiche Collection 1975-1999/2000. US and international colleges and universities are included.


The New York State Library subscribes to major education journals such as Educational Leadership, Phi Delta Kappan, and the American School Board Journal. In addition, the State Library also carries journals in many related fields, such as psychology, history and the arts. Print and microfilm subscriptions are supplemented by the many online journal holdings the State Library has. To find out what holdings the Library has electronically, go to the online journal list. You can search for online journals by title or browse by subject. Records for online journals are also in the New York State Library's online catalog.

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Brief Bibliography

Badger, Robert L. Ideas That Work in College Teaching. C, 378.12 I194 208-3712

Bozick, Robert. Mathematics Coursetaking and Achievement at the End of High School [electronic resource] : Evidence from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002). E-text ED 1.328/5:M 42/4

Buros, Oscar Krisen. The Mental Measurements Yearbook. R, 016.37126 qR97

Guthrie, James W., editor. Encyclopedia of Education. R, 370.3 qE562ed 2003

Mandinach, Ellen Beth. Data-driven School Improvement : Linking Data and Learning. C, 371.20702 D232 208-4484

Marlow-Ferguson, Rebecca, editor. World Education Encyclopedia : a Survey of Educational Systems Worldwide. R, 370.321 qW927 88-62962 2002

Mangin, Melinda M. C. Effective Teacher Leadership: Using Research to Inform and Reform. C, 371.1 E273 208-2868

Murphy, John J.C. Brief Intervention for School Problems: Outcome-informed Strategies. C, 371.93 M978 207-9351 2007

Murphy, Linda L. Tests in Print VII : an Index to Tests, Test Reviews, and the Literature on Specific Tests. R, 371.26 T345 84-28186 2006

New York State School Boards Association. School Law. R, 379.14747 H14

National Center for Educational Statistics. The condition of education. R, 370.973 N26928

University of the State of New York. New York the State of Learning. A Report to the Governor and Legislature on the State of the State's Schools. R, UNI 620-3 NEWYS 88-19204

Wepner, Shelley B. The Administration and Supervision of Reading Programs. C, 428.40712 A238 94-82252 2008

Internet Bibliography

The Education Internet bibliography has selected Web sites for Education (K-12). There is also an Internet bibliography with Web sites for Colleges and Universities. These web sites reflect the State Library's holdings and are intended to provide resources for those who cannot use the Library's resources on-site.

Additional Resources

The New York State Library's FAQ (frequently asked questions) page provides resources for persons looking for educational information, including how to locate a copy of their high school diploma.
Last Updated: February 7, 2024