These can give you an overview of a subject, help you focus your topic idea, and tell you what the classic studies in the field are.
Encyclopedia of Counseling. Frederick T. Leong, ed. Sage Publishing, 2008. 4 vols. Available online.
Psychology of Classroom Learning: An Encyclopedia. Eric M.Andermann, editor-in-chief. Macmillan Reference USA, 2009. 2 vols. Available online.
Encyclopedia of School Psychology. Steven W Lee, ed. Sage Publishing, 2005. Available online.
The Handbook of School Psychology. Terry B. Gutkin and Cecil R. Reynolds, eds. Wiley, 2009. 4th ed. Reference, 4th floor - LB1051 .H2356 2009.
Handbook of School Counseling. Hardin L.K. Coleman and Christine Yeh, eds. Routledge, 2008. Library Stacks - LB1027.5 .H34 2008.
The Praeger handbook of Education and Psychology. Joe L. Kincheloe and Raymond A. Horn, Jr., eds. 4vols. Praeger, 2007. Library Stacks - LB1051 .P635 2007.
Handbook of Motivation at School. Kathryn R. Wentzel and Allen Wigfield, eds. Routledge, 2009. Reference, 4th floor - LB1065 .W46 2009.
CUNY+ lists all books at Hunter and throughout the CUNY libraries. Some relevant subjects to search for are: