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Key resources for you and how to use them


Databases - when you have a topic and want to find out what journal articles have been written about it

What are databases?

All the databases below can be used to find journal articles and other research sources related to different aspects of Education. With the exception of Education-line they are all supplied to us by Ebsco, so all have similar search screens, and there is overlap between them (if you repeat the same search on two databases, you will get some of the same results coming up in both, though you'll also get unique hits). You can also choose to cross-search multiple databases at once using the one-stop search link at the top of the list.

All these databases except for Education-line will require you to use your Brookes login to access them.

  • One-stop search of key Education databases (excludes Education-line: you will need your Brookes Login)
  • British Education Index -  provides references to 350 British and selected European English language journals in the field of education and training. The database also provides limited coverage of books, reports and conference literature. Many references now have full text available. (Full list of titles covered available here.)
  • Child Development and Adolescent Studies - key database for Early Childhood. (Full list of titles covered available here.)
  • Education Abstracts - content on a wide array of subject areas including adult education, comparative education, government funding, higher education, school administration and teacher evaluation. Despite the name it does have full text available for many articles. (Full list of titles covered available here.)
  • 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. (Full list of titles covered available here.)
  • 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.
  • Educational Administration Abstracts - covers areas related to educational administration, including educational leadership, educational management, and educational research. Despite its name, many articles are available full-text. (Full list of titles covered available here.)
  • 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; you'll be asked to log in with your Brookes student/staff number and password (except to use Education-Line, which is free).

Help with searching databases including how to put together a good search strategy (PDF guide, opens in new window/tab)

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 in 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.

You can also view a complete list of all our electronic journals from the A-to-Z e-journals service, or browse a subject list of education journals for further details.

To look for journal articles on a topic, rather than from a specific journal, you can either use the Discover search box on the Library home page, or search our specialist Education databases- see Databases for Education for further details. Both Discover and the databases give you easy access to the full text of most (not all) articles.

The e-journals require you to log in - nearly always with your Brookes student/staff number and password, though a few have their own individual login details (information on the Electronic Journals A-Z page for that journal title).

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.

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).

Guides, handouts, tutorials and other help to find and manage the information you want



  • 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?

Help and information specifically for our partner college students, and for other students and staff when off-campus.

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 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.