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Educational Studies


Welcome to the Education Subject Guide!

This subject guide will assist you in finding books, journal articles, and websites, as well as assist you in developing your research skills for your Education classes.

Quick Links

Try our Summon Search and find resources across our entire library collection - books, journal articles and more!


Starting Your Research

VIDEO: Library Resources for Students (4:20). A quick introduction to KPU Library resources including: Summon search, the library catalogue, research databases, journal title search, subject guides, the Research Help guide, and citation guides. Also highlights how to find library hours and get help from a Librarian.

Research Process flow chart - shows a diagram going from reference material to newspapers to books and then to academic articles

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MLA Citation:
Brinkerhoff, Celia. "Activity: Which Topic is Narrower?" Doing Research: A Student's Guide to Finding and Using the Best Sources, KPU Library, 2019, . Used with permission.

Tutorial:  Finding Keywords from Research questions 

  • Analyze your topic for key concepts to use as search terms (keywords).
  • Identify synonyms for your terms, related terms and spelling variations (e.g. marihuana, marijuana, cannabis )
  • Use the Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT to combine your keywords and to retrieve more relevant results.
  • Focus on key concepts. Don't do a search using a question or a phrase. 

Example: The impact of sea level rise due to climate change on human rights of people living in coastal areas in Asia

Your turn:  Labeling policy for genetically modified foods in Canada should be mandatory.  Which terms are key concepts, and which one should not be used when searching in databases?


MLA citation:
Brinkerhoff, Celia. "Activity: Focus on the Keywords of a Research Question." Doing Research: A Student's Guide to Finding and Using the Best Sources, KPU Library, 2019,
(Used under CC-BY 4.0 International licence.)

Article: Why is lo-fi hip-hop so conducive to concentration?

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