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This research guide provides resources and tips for finding scholarly literature, data, and curriculum resources in K-12 and higher education.

Locating Books

If the catalog says... 


  • Undergraduates may use the call number (ex. LB14.7 .F33 2009) to find the book in person. 
  • Graduate students and faculty may request that books be sent to the libraries of their choice by clicking "Request" in the catalog entry.

"Library Service Center" 

  • The book is at our off-site storage facility and will need to be requested by clicking on the green "Request" button beside the title you want. It will be delivered to your library of choice.

"Checked Out"

  • Someone else has the book out of the library. You can use the green "Request" button to request that they return it for you to check out.

For more on borrowing materials, read more on how to request materials and renewing Duke materials

LC Headings

And for those who prefer to browse the shelves:

Look in the L section of Perkins Library, Floor 3.

Library of Congress Subject Headings: Education

Books from Other Libraries

Accessing Books at Other Libraries

If Duke doesn't own the book you need, you can request it from another library to be sent to Duke for you to check out.

Triangle Research Libraries Network  

The 4 universities in the North Carolina Research Triangle have an agreement to share print books. You can search the TRLN Shared Catalog for books at Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University, and NC State University.

Interlibrary Request

Use the Interlibrary Requests form to borrow a book from another library to be sent to Duke for you to check out. Can also be used for scholarly articles, book chapters, and other media.

Finding Books

Finding Books on Topics in Education

The Duke Libraries has an extensive collection of print and ebooks on topics in primary, secondary, and higher education. You can search for these books in the library catalog:

Physical books are available in the building for visitor use. Ebooks are only available to Duke students, staff, and faculty.

You can search the catalog by KEYWORDS: single words or short phrases related to the topic your searching for. For example:

Need more keyword suggestions? Book an appointment with the Librarian for Education!

You can also search on subjects, like these:

New Education Books at the Library