Teacher education

This guide includes print, electronic and web resources relevant to Teacher Education.

Find e-books

The Library has a growing collection of e-books in nearly all subjects by many different publishers. These can be reference works for quick verification, such as encyclopedias; research books written for an academic audience; or textbooks used by professors in classroom teaching.

The various e-book databases provide such features as: searching the full content of one or multiple books simultaneously; highlighting text; adding personal notes and creating one’s own bookshelf; downloading content; linking out to cited content; and exporting references to RefWorks

  • Search the catalogue (by keyword, title, or subject). Choose Modify or Limit/Sort Search. Select Material Type: EBOOKS.
  • When browsing a list of titles, regardless of the material type, look for [electronic resource], [ressource électronique] in the title. These phrases can also be used when performing a Keyword search.
  • To access Electronic Resources, click on the hyperlink provided under Electronic Access in the complete reference.

For more information about searching for and accessing ebooks, have a look at the new guide for electronic resources.

Find Books using the Online Catalogue

The University of Ottawa's Library Online Search+ Catalog is used to find articles as well as books available at the Faculty of Education Resource Centre (FERC) as well as other libraries on the campus:

  • Use the title and author search when you wish to locate a specific title.
  • The keyword search tab will allow you to create more complex strategies by combining keywords together to find material on specific topics.
  • The bibliographic record of the book will contain the information you need to locate it on the shelves (location, call number, availability).
  • You can limit your results to materials found at the FERC.

You may also want to use the classic catalogue if you are looking for books, in particular.


Dewey Decimal System: the classification system used at the FERC

The collections of the Faculty of Education Resource Centre (FERC) are organized according to the Dewey Decimal Classsification (DDC) to reflect the environment of a majority of school and public libraries.  You may want to share the link on How to find documents in the library  with your students. Or look at Resources for teachers and students of the DDC .

The topics of the DDC are arranged into ten classes:

  • 000 - Computer Science,Information & General Works
  • 100 - Philosophy & Psychology
  • 200 -  Religion
  • 300 - Social Sciences
  • 400 - Language
  • 500 - Science
  • 600 - Technology
  • 700 -  Arts & Recreation
  • 800 -  Literature
  • 900 -  History & Geography

These 10 classes are divided into 100 subdivisions and numerous subsections to create a descriptive call number to retrieve the book from the shelves. For example, the book "How do we know the nature of the ocean?" (Dewey call number: 551.46.G65 2005) by Natalie Goldstein is divided in the 7 subsections as shown below:

  1. 500 Pure sciences
  2. 550 Earth sciences
  3. 551 Geology, hydrology, meteorology
  4. 551.4 Geomorphology & hydrosphere, water
  5. 551.46 Oceans, oceanography
  6. .G65 Author letter and number
  7. 2005 Year of publication

Requesting books from the Annex and from Roger Guindon Hall

When you find a document located at the Annex or at Roger Guindon Hall, these documents are located away from the main campus. In both cases, as an Education student, you can have them delivered to the location of your choice, you don't have to go to that location. For all other libraries, you are expected to go and get the document since the other libraries are at a walking distance.

Here are the steps for getting documents from the Annex:

For documents located at the Annex, you can request them electronically using the interface of the library catalogue:

  1. Do your research on the library catalogue page; for example, you are looking for the video "Islands in the stream";
  2. When you find the title you need in the catalogue, click on the title, in this case, the video is the second entry;
  3. When you click on the title of the second entry, it opens a window;
  4. Then, click on locations
  5. Finally, click on Library Annex, a new window opens in the classic catalogue and you have access to the "Request" or "Book this item" buttons.

When you click on them, you will be prompted to fill out a form asking your name, your library card barcode and your date of birth.

You are now ready to request it and have it delivered at the Morisset library or the FERC.

Here's how you can get documents from the health sciences library located at Roger Guindon Hall:

For documents you need located at the Roger Guindon Hall, you can ask them at the Centre's circulation desk or the Morisset Circulation desk depending on where you prefer to pick them up. Your request will be processed.