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O' Shaughnessy-Frey Library
2115 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105
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Charles J. Keffer Library
MOH 206, 1000 LaSalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
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This guide is designed to give you a selection of resources if you are just beginning to do research in the field of education. It covers general educational theory and practice, elementary and secondary education, curriculum and instruction, and guidance for documenting the resources you use. You may wish to visit other guides in the 'education' group if your topic is more specialized (ESL or special education for example).
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Finally, and most importantly, do not be shy about asking for help. My contact information is at the right. I also do appointments for people who need more in-depth assistance or tutoring. You can also call the reference desk at Keffer or O'Shaughnessey Frey libraries. All the librarians can help you get started, or answer questions at any stage of the process.
You will find that library resources for education are housed in different locations at St. Thomas. Keffer Library has a research collection (mostly published after 1990, and includes both reference and circulating items), a curriculum collection (sample textbooks and resources for the classroom), and the Hubbs Children's Literature Collection (fiction for preK-12, nonfiction mostly preK-8 with some high school material). O'Shaughnessey Frey Library has research materials that are a bit older in age, but may be valuable if you need historical background.
Many, if not most, of the journal articles you find in your research will have full-text available online. For the most part, education journals that we have only in paper are at Keffer Library. If Keffer is your 'home' library (i.e. you are taking classes from a program based in Minneapolis), you will need to visit the library and find/copy those articles. If you are in an off-campus cohort (and outside the metro area), you can request articles from those journals via interlibrary loan.
Is your topic more specific than what this guide covers? If so, maybe one of these guides will help.