and Early Years/Early Childhood Studies
Check out this month's new Education books and new School Experience Centre materials. Click a cover for more details...
Key resources for you and how to use them
Reading lists online
Databases - when you have a topic and want to find out what journal articles have been written about it
- British Education Index - provides references (not full text, though links to full text if it's available elsewhere in our Electronic Library) for over 300 British and selected European English language journals in the field of education and training. (Full list of journals covered available on BEI's Web site.) The database also provides limited coverage of books, reports and conference literature.
- Education Research Complete - full text database covering scholarly research and information relating to all areas and levels of education in the UK and internationally. The database provides indexing and abstracts for thousands of journals, as well as full text for more than 1000 journals, hundreds of books, and many conference papers.
- Education-Line- British Education Index's unique, free collection of over 6,000 texts, mostly but not exclusively, conference papers, presented to the BEI by their authors. The papers are predominantly British with some international coverage.
- Australian Education Index - Australian equivalent of the British Education Index, produced by the Australian Council for Educational Research. Source documents include journal articles, monographs, research reports, theses, conference papers, legislation, parliamentary debates and newspaper articles from 1978 onwards. (Full list of journals covered available here.) Not full text, though links to full text if it's available elsewhere in our Electronic Library.
- ERIC - American based education database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC includes coverage of journal articles, conferences, and books.
- Other databases for areas related to Education
All the above databases are available to Brookes staff and students from on- and off-campus. If you're off-campus you'll need to log in to Athens first via the Library home page (except to use Education-Line, which is free). Please see the library's tips on logging in to Athens if you need help.
E-journals - when you already have a specific journal article or journal title that you want to look up
We have thousands of education journal titles available full text online.
All of them are listed on the Library Catalogue, so you can search for a specific journal there (by journal title, eg british educational research journal, not by the title or author of an individual article). You can search for a specific title, or type in a keyword and then use the "Refine Your Search" menu (choosing "Electronic & Printed Journals Catalogue") to find journal titles about a particular area of education, eg educational research.
Education Research Complete is an online package of over 1800 education journals - about half of which are full-text - which you can browse, or search like a database.
The e-journals require you to log in if you are off campus (usually, but not always, with your Athens username and password).
The Library also subscribes to many other Education journals in print (paper) format. The Library Catalogue provides details of all our print journals too. Again, search by journal title, eg british educational research journal, not by the title or author of an individual article; or type in a keyword and then use the "Refine Your Search" menu (choosing "Electronic & Printed Journals Catalogue")
The Catalogue does not let you search for individual articles from journals. You will need to use a database to research articles on a particular topic - see Databases for Education for further details.
E-books - use these when you want to read the whole text of a book online
Our e-books let you read the whole of a textbook on your computer screen, laptop or tablet. In some cases you can print or download very limited numbers of pages, and some of our packages also let you add your own online notes to a book or make lists of your favourite e-books.
(You can't currently download most of our e-books to Kindles or other e-readers, because the publishers don't permit this - you have to read them over a live Web link.)
We have hundreds of core textbooks for Education available as e-books.
To search for and access e-books, follow these instructions. If you prefer to follow a printed guide, you can download our E-books for Education students guide (Word or PDF) and work through that (guide will open in a new window/tab).
If you'd rather see a screen-by-screen demo of how to access e-books (and e-journals) from off-campus, then you can download our tutorial - Powerpoint or Google Doc (tutorial will open in a new window/tab).
Web sites - to find organisations and resources for different areas of Education
Guides, handouts, tutorials and other help to find and manage the information you want
- Electronic Library guide (Word or PDF- guide will open in a new window/tab)
- E-books for Education students (Word or PDF - guide will open in a new window/tab)
- Finding journals and journal articles for Education (Word or PDF - guide will open in a new window/tab)
- Off-campus access to e-books and e-journals - screen-by-screen tutorial in Powerpoint (4.9 MB, for PCs or laptops) or Google Doc (best for mobile devices) - tutorial will open in a new window/tab
- Finding more information for your essay or project
- Defining your topic and using databases (also see our help under Databases above)
- How to put together a good database search strategy (PDF guide - will open in a new window/tab)
- Help with referencing and avoiding plagiarism
- EndNote: software to help you manage your references and write your bibliography
- Finding education statistics
- Early Childhood Studies/Early Years (Word or PDF - will open in a new window/tab)
- Education: a guide to finding information (Word or PDF - will open in a new window/tab)
- School Experience Centre (SEC)
- Reading guide for 3-6 year olds (Word or PDF - will open in a new window/tab)
- Reading guide for 6-8 year olds (Word or PDF - will open in a new window/tab)
- Reading guide for 8-12 year olds ( Word or PDF - will open in a new window/tab)
- Reading guide for 12-16 year olds (Word or PDF - will open in a new window/tab)
- Reading guide for books to develop story telling skills (Word or PDF- will open in a new window/tab)
Off-campus or based at one of our partner colleges?
Need more help?
If you have worked through the relevant information, guides and tutorials on these pages and still need more help or advice on finding information in Education or Early Years, you're welcome to get in touch with the Education Subject Librarians, Hazel Rothera or Ruth Dryden.
Ruth is the Early Years specialist, but either of us will be happy to try to help with any initial enquiry.
Our contact details are in the box on the right of the page. For quick queries, you can come to the Library Helpdesk at any time when Harcourt Hill Library is open.