The Curriculum Collection, located on the Main Level of the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, contains a selection of K-12 instructional materials. This collection is an essential resource for those studying and working in education. Materials are available in a variety of formats, including books, multimedia, computer software, periodicals and educational kits. Our collection is constantly updated and includes award-winning titles including Caldecott, Newbury, Coretta Scott King, and Nutmeg books.
All materials located in the Curriculum Collection may be searched or browsed via the Library Catalog.
In addition to Fairfield University's Curriculum Collection, educators may be interested in visiting Connecticut's State Education Resource Center (SERC) Library, which is open to the public and provides access to comprehensive, diversified, and up-to-date collections of educational resources.
Books and Educational Kits: The Library collects books and hands-on educational resources, or "kits," which can be found in the Curriculum Collection Room or behind the Circulation desk. To find kits, use the library catalog's Advanced Search, and select "kit" from the Format limiter box. Books and kits in the collection have been divided into five categories:
- Curric. Ref. (Reference Materials) For reference only. Cannot be checked out.
- Curric. Secondary Education resources for grades 6-12.
- Curric. ELEM ED (Elementary Education): Education resources for grades K-5.
- Curric. ESL/BB (Mulicultural Education/ESL): Resources for teaching ESL and/or in a multicultural environmet.
- Curric. SPEC ED (Special Education): Resources for gifted students or students with special needs.
See "Finding Materials," below, for information on locating each type of book or kit on the shelf.
Periodicals: Educational periodicals are located on the Library's Lower Level on the serials shelves or in the microforms room. Additionally, many educational periodicals are available online, through the library's numerous database subscriptions. To locate specific periodicals in the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, search by title in the Journal Locator.
Below is a selection of periodicals for children and young adults available through the Library*:
Boys' Life online Humpty Dumpty's Magazine online Child Development hard copy and online Calliope online Journal of Youth & Adolescence online Children's Digest online Child Life online National Geographic hard copy and online Highlights for Children online Children's Playmate online Odyssey online Horn Book Guide online Cobblestone online Ranger Rick online Hot Rod online Faces online Skipping Stones online Jack and Jill online Girls' Life online U.S. Kids online Junior Scholastic online Hopscotch online Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books online Plays online Horn Book Magazine hard copy and online Canada and the World Backgrounder online Stone Soup online
* A vast number of periodicals published on the topics of education, psychology, and teaching are also available in hard copy and online through the library's numerous database subscriptions.
Below is a selection of online indexes & databases for use by students in the K-12 curriculum. These resources are available freely to everyone in Connecticut.
- Kids Search (K-8). This database includes dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other age-appropriate books, newspapers, and magazine articles.
- Middle Search Plus (Middle Schools). Contains the full text of a variety of popular middle school level magazines. Also provides primary source materials such as Essential Documents in American History; reference books such as Funk & Wagnall's New World Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Animals; and relevant photos, maps and flags.
- Nonfiction Book Collection (High Schools).
- Nonfiction Book Collecion (Middle Schools).
- Nonfiction Book Collection (Elementary Schools).
- Primary Search (Elementary Schools). Full-text articles from the most popular magazines for the elementary school level and also children’s reference books.
- Searchasaurus (Grade K-3). Reference geared towards primary school students, searchable by reading level.
- Student Research Center (Grades 6-12). A variety of resources geared towards students in grades 6-12. Topics include: Arts and media, English and language arts, business, careers, current issues, health, history, math, science, social studies, sports, and technology.
CD-Roms/Interactive Multimedia: Due to space limitations in the Curriculum Collection Room, computer software, CD-ROMs and other educational multimedia can be found behind the Circulation Desk. To find software, use the library catalog's Advanced Search, and select "Comp. Software " from the Format limiter box.
Videos and Music: Due to space limitations in the Curriculum Collection Room, educational video recordings (DVDs or VHS tapes) and music CDs are shelved in the Library's Media Department on the Main Level. For information about the Media Department, click here or view this short video on finding videos in the library.
You can find recommended online sources of media in our Images, Video and More in Research online guide.
The Curriculum Collection contains a variety of materials in a small space. To help you navigate the collection, we have provided signs in the room as well as a color-coded shelving system.
Color-Coded Shelving System: Look for these colors on shelf markers and item call numbers.
- Material type "Reference Book": no color
- Items geared to Secondary Education (marked as Curric.) : no color
- ELEM ED (Elementary Education): blue
- ESL/BB (English as a Second Language/Multicultural Education): green
- SPEC ED (Special Education): yellow
- An item listed in the Library Catalog by this call number, PE1628.5 .A444 2003, with material type "Reference book," would not be marked with colored tape, but instead would have a spine label marked Curric. Ref., followed by the call number.
- An item listed in the Library Catalog by this call number, GB1002.25 .W28 2004, would not be marked with colored tape, but instead would have a spine label marked Curric. only, followed by the call number.
- An item listed in the Library Catalog by this call number, HV1598 .A38 2002 ELEM ED, would be marked with clear blue tape.
- An item listed in the Library Catalog by this call number, PZ7 .O785 CU 2005 ESL/BB, would be marked with clear green tape.
- An item listed in the Library Catalog by this call number, LC3969.T42 SPEC ED, would be marked with clear yellow tape.
For information on borrowing materials, see Circulation Policies and Media/Reserves Borrowing Privileges and Loan Periods.