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Catholic School Leadership

Research Guide for Catholic Leadership

Guide purpose

This guide will help students working on a CGS in Catholic School Leadership with research on their action research project.

The yearlong action research project incorporates one of the four benchmarks from the standards. These are:

  • mission and Catholic identity,
  • academic excellence,
  • operational vitality,
  • governance and leadership. 

From the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools


Library support for online students

McKillop Library understands that graduate students completing the majority of their course work online while continuing careers need special services.

Students can contact McKillop librarians in several convenient ways:

 Also, please visit the Graduate Student's Guide to Library Services.


Research tools for CGS in Catholic School Leadership

The tools and method you use to search will depend on what stage you are at in your research.

Books can give overviews of a topic and help you to get your grounding. You might also search within books for chapters on more specific topics. Search for books several ways, by keyword, title or author. Here is a quick little video that shows how to search for books, e-books, and narrow results by date using the library's Worldcat catalog search tool.


When you're settling on a topic, you may want to browse within journals related to Catholic education to see the subjects other scholars are writing about. With this approach you can look at specific journal issues and review article titles and summaries in each issue. Some especially relevant journals include:

The Journal of Catholic Education

Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice

This short video shows how to browse within a journal title.


When you have begun to hone in on a topic, you may choose to search for journal articles across disciplines to see what people across the social sciences, sciences, or humanities are writing about it. For this, you might find search in all of EBSCOhost's databases, or across JSTOR to be useful. 

Here's a short video showing how to cast a wide net and search EBSCO across disciplines.

This short video shows how to search JSTOR for articles.


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