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Education Research Guide: King's Curriculum Collection

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King's Curriculum Collection

At King's, we have a collection dedicated to curriculum materials. 

Below is a brief outline of the resources in this collection.  There are many more resources than those listed here. 

Periodicals (print magazines and journals) can are at the back of the library and to the left of the curriculum collection. Many of the current education periodicals have a blue sticker on the label for the title. 

The rest of the collection is in the room to the right of the service desk.

YA Fiction: Young Adult Novels
Graphic Novels 
ESL Novels

B: Philosophy 
C-GT & H-K: Social studies resources
GV: Physical Education 
LB: Pedagogy or issues of teaching and learning 
M & N: Art and music
PE: High school English Langauge arts materials
PZ: Children's books
Q, QB-QL, S & T: Science 
QA: Mathematics 
QP & R: Health 

Kits, Oversize materials and manipulatives are shelved at the back of the collection.

Kits include things like mathematics manipulatives, puppets and other items. 



Unit Plans developed by other teachers or organizations can be found in every section. 


If you are looking for Unit Plans create by previous students in EDUC 303 those are on reserve behind the service desk. 

What Makes a Book Scholarly?

Scholarly books disseminate research and academic discussion among professionals within disciplines.  They are intended for academic study and research, and are preferred when writing college-level papers. They are published by academic or university presses.

Adapted from University of Toronto Libraries.  

                                               Scholarly Books                                                Non-Scholarly Books


  • To share with other scholars the results of primary research & experiments.
  • To entertain or inform in a broad, general sense.


  • A respected scholar or researcher in the field; an expert in the topic; names are always noted.
  • A journalist or feature writer; names not always noted.


  • A university press; a professional association or known (independent) scholarly publisher.
  • A commercial publisher.

Intended audience

  • Other scholars or researchers in the field, or those interested in the topic at a research level.
  • General public.


  • Language is formal and technical; usually contains discipline-specific jargon.
  • Language is casual. Few, if any, technical terms are used (and if they are, they are usually defined).


  • References are always cited and expected; text often contains footnotes.
  • Very uncommon; text may contain referrals to "a study published at..." or "researchers have found that..." with no other details.


Adapted from University of Toronto Libraries 

These clues will go a long way towards assisting you in differentiating between books intended for the scholar and therefore, preferred when writing research papers, from trade publications or mass market publications that are intended for a general audience.

Publisher: A good clue to a scholarly resource is its publisher. 

Books from publishers specializing in the field will tend to be of better quality textually then those that don’t.

  • Look for “About” and a “Mission Statement”
  •  Consider how long they’ve been in business?
  • Do they provide services to academia?
  • Books published by a university press will tend to be more academically sound than those published by trade publishers, especially if the institution has a good reputation in the field covered by the work. 

Cited References and Bibliography – Even more than a useful tool for evaluating the reliability of an author, cited references are an excellent indication of the scholarship of a work. 

  • Look for cited references or at least a bibliography in the work itself.  Most books intended for the scholar contain citations and a bibliography, whereas books intended for a general audience do not.
  •  Also, consider who is being cited; how frequently are the references cited elsewhere; has any one cited the work being evaluated and is this perhaps the primary source?
  • For works in the humanities, a good clue that you’ve found the primary source is when you keep getting referred to the same source over and over again.  
  • Works in the sciences will report on original research.

Content – examine these aspects of the work to assist in ascertaining the scholarship of a work:

  • Accuracy:  how does the information compare to that of other works on the subject?
  •  Biases:  all authors are biased, but scholarly works tend to reflect the results of research in the field and not propagandize.
  • Preface, Introduction, Table of Contents, Conclusion and Index:  most scholarly works will have several, if not all, of these components. Consider also how well the author lives up to his/her claims indicated in the preface, introduction and conclusion.
  • Audience appropriate: a scholarly work will be written to those with some knowledge of or ability to understand the topic under discussion.

Graphics, Charts, Illustrations, etc.:  many scholarly works will have graphs, charts, illustrations, etc.

© Janet Tillman/The Master’s University, 2008-2014, permission is granted for non-profit educational use; any reproduction or modification should include this statement.

Please do not re shelve books

How to read call numbers

Most of our materials are organized on the shelf using Library of Congress call numbers. When looking at the number on the book spine, these would be read one line at a time.

For example:


Start with line 1

Books are arranged in alphabetical order, by the letters on the first line of the call number.

For example, first come all the D call numbers, then all the DA call numbers, then DB, etc.

 D; DA; DB

Look at line 2

Within the DA call numbers, books are arranged in number order.

The numbers are arranged in numerical order, from low to high.

 1; 2; 22; 36; 38

Line 3

Line 3 of the call number has a letter and a number. The letters are in alphabetical order.

Once you find the letter, read the number. But note these are decimals not whole numbers.

Example: A55 is read as A .55. This is why A55 comes before A6 (A .55, A .6, A .65).

 A5; A55; A6; A77; B21; B212
Note: Sometimes there will be a fourth row to further differentiate by author, title or subject or the year of publication. If there are multiple copies of the book, that may be indicated as well. 
Content taken from here.

Other places for curriculum books


Since we are part of NEOS, you can borrow any print resources from you see when searching for materials in the library catalogue. So there is a good chance that can find the print resources you want if we don't have them.  


However, this also means other students in NEOS can borrow King's books.


Edmonton Public Library

Your King's ID card can be registered as an EPL card (look for the registration page on  EPL is another excellent place to look for materials, especially children's books, picture books, children's non-fiction and electronic materials. They also have some useful databases such as Solaro which covers grade 3 through grade 12 of the Alberta curriculum.