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Library Resources for Education


Welcome to the Library Research Guide for Education. This guide will help you to find useful resources as you explore the field of Education. It will also provide accurate, reliable sources as you write your research paper or projects.

Librarians are available to answer your questions Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm CST.

  • Email: Contact Education Librarian Sara Evans at
  • Visit: James C. Kirkpatrick Library, First Floor, Office 1120 (to the left of the Information Desk)
  • Make an Appointment: Meet with a librarian one-on-one virtually or in-person for in-depth help.

Searching the Library Catalog

To begin your search at, select the most important 2-3 terms related to your topic.  Put the word AND between each new term to search for all words together.

education AND behavior

Use quotation marks ( "  " ) around phrases of two or more words that need to be kept together

"special education" AND "behavior management"

Use an asterisk (*) to find multiple endings of one word. For example, educat* for education, educate, educators, etc.

library catalog search bar with keyword terms

To learn more advanced search techniques, visit the Education Research Tutorial page.

Finding Books

Location of Materials

All titles listed in this guide are located in the James C. Kirkpatrick Library at UCM's Main Campus in Warrensburg. Materials can be requested via the library website to be delivered to the MIC campus as well.

Call Numbers

Call numbers are groups of numbers and/or letters that classify library items by subject. Items are arranged on bookshelves by call number. The main collection of the James C. Kirkpatrick uses Call Numbers in the Library of Congress classification system. The Children's and Young Adult collection at JCKL uses Author Alphabetical classification for Fiction titles and the Dewey Decimal classification system for Nonfiction titles. 

Library of Congress (LC) Subject Headings

Books on educational topics primarily fall into the L classification, found in the main collection. Materials specific to instruction of K-12 students can be found in the Curriculum Materials Collection with call numbers beginning in CURR + the classification (such as CURR LB for a textbook about graphic organizers).

In addition to the L classification for education, various other classifications in the Main Collection and Curriculum Collection can be discovered based on content area subjects. These are just a few locations to consider when browsing by topic.

Call Number Subject
Education (General)
LA History of education
LB Theory and practice of education
LC Special aspects of education
E American history
GV Physical education
HQ Family
MT  Music
N Art
P Language and literature
Q Science
QA Mathematics
RC Psychological aspects of education
RJ Pediatric medicine