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Education Research

A guide to starting points in education research at Queen's University, Kingston.

Education Librarian

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Brenda Reed
613-533-6000 x 77644
Subjects: Education

Welcome to the Spring Term!

The Education Library Sping/Summer Term hours are:

  • Monday to Thursday 8 am to 7 pm
  • Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm
  • Saturday 10 am to 4:30 pm
  • Closed Sundays, & May 20, 23, July 1, 2, August 1

Start Your Education Research


Your Education Librarian is available to assist you with your literature searches and to help you get started wtih your research.  Drop in with quick questions or make an appointment to map out a research strategy. We can work together in the Library or via email, chat, Zoom, or Teams.  Your questions are welcome.


Sign in to our proxy service with your NetID to access our licensed electronic subscriptions from off-campus. You can log in to the service before starting your searches or just wait to be prompted for your NetID and password the first time you try to access an e-journal, e-book, or database from a Queen's web page.


Borrowing privileges for graduate students at Queen's:

  • 120-day loan for research monographs, including those from other Omni libraries in Ontario (subject to recall)
  • unlimited number of books
  • no late fees BUT a significant LOST fee is added to your SOLUS accunt for materials 30 days overdue. Use your library account to renew books.

Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements for Queen's researchers

Queen's Library has reciprocal borrowing agreements with many academic libraries in Canada and the United States. Find out more about how to use these direct borrowing services and lists of our partner libraries here. U of Toronto information is here.


In addition to this guide that focuses on services and resources for Education researchers you will find subject research guides for all disciplines taught at Queen's on the Research by Subject page. These guides will be invaluable to those working on interdisciplinary topics.


Queen's University subscribes to EndNote. The Library's Citation Management Guide explains how to get started with EndNote and other citation management systems.  Ask your Education Librarian if you encounter obstacles and we will search for a solution with you.


For assistance with research data management, from developing a data management plan to depositing your data in a shared archive for preservation and long term access, talk to your Education Librarian.  To read more about the services available to Queen's researchers for data management, see the Research Data Management Guide.

Start Your Education Research

Featured Titles

Selected open access readings from Routledge. 

Evaluating Sources

Book Delivery Services

Need a book or chapter that is not available at your nearest campus library?

If the item you want is listed in Omni, sign in to Omni and use the Request for Pickup link on the item's record to request that an item be delivered to your library of choice.  Delivery time is usually 2 -3 days, depending on the lending library.  If the item is not available at another Omni library we will move the item to Interlibrary Loans or recall the item from the current Queen's user.  Recalls modify the due date of the item to 1 week from the date of the recall (everyone is, however, guaranteed items for 2 weeks).  An email will be sent to you to let you know once the item is available for pick-up, or you can track its status in real time in Omni.

If the item you want is not listed in Omni, use the RACER Interlibrary Loans service to request what you need.  We work with libraries worldwide to supply the items you request at no charge.

  • Your RACER User ID is the barcode on your Queen's card and password is your last name in lowercase.
  • Select and complete the blank request form on the left sidebar in RACER .
  • Print materials usually arrive within 1-2 weeks; scans are delivered to your email in pdf format within a few days.
  • Check with us first!  We may be able to purchase the title you need. Ebook purchases are often available in 24 hours.

If you need a scan of a chapter and the book is at Queen's, sign in to Omni and use the Request a Scan option. If the book is not at Queen's use the Get It From Another Library option and check the I only need a specific chapter option. 

Read more about your borrowing privileges here.


Our services are temporarily limited to printing pdfs from a data key.  We are working to launch a new print/copy/scan service as soon as possible.

Copy:  10 cents/page (b&w); 45 cents/page (colour)

Print:  9 cents/page (b&w double-sided); 40 cents/page (colour double-sided)

Scan:  free (it is a scan-to-data key service only)  Staff at our Service Desks can lend you a data key if you need one to scan to and then send the file to yourself via email from a computer.