Course resource help for Education and Early Years/Early Childhood Studies

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Need help? Contact your librarian

Please get in touch if you have any queries about:

  • finding information and resources for assignments
  • finding online resources
  • referencing your sources

Charlotte Olehnovics

The Education Librarians will be hybrid working this semester, sometimes on campus and sometimes working from home. Please contact us by emailing in the first instance; we can then set up a Zoom call or a Google Meet if you would like a video face-to-face appointment. You can also follow us on Twitter (@brookeseduclibs) and Facebook (Harcourt Hill Library)

Contact the Education Librarians


How To...

Use the Library - the basics

Find your reading lists online

Plan a search for your assignment

Think about what you already know about the topic, what sort of additional information you still need, and where you will find that:

Find journal articles

For a quick general search for journal articles on a topic, you can use LibrarySearch.

For a more specialist search, use our databases - you’ll need our Finding journal articles worksheet to help you plan your database search

Watch our short video on finding journal articles for Education, "Where's the Evidence?"

Get help for your dissertation

  • Past undergraduate dissertations are not in the Library - ask your module leader or course administrator how you can access them; some may be available online eg in Moodle
  • Postgraduate dissertations are held in the Library (with more recent ones online as e-dissertations and e-Theses). You can find them on LibrarySearch - do a broad keyword search (such as MA education) and then use the menu on the left to limit Format to “Thesis/dissertation”. You can request print dissertations at Harcourt Hill Library counter - they can’t be borrowed.
  • Literature searching - you will need to make good use of our help on planning a search for your assignment and finding journal articles (see above). You may also need education statistics and key Education organisations and documents. Also check out York University Library’s Context Hexagon for help choosing the right sources. Once you have used all those, if you still need further help, you can contact the Education Librarians for advice or an appointment.
  • For your dissertation you will almost certainly need resources we don’t have in Brookes Library. You may need to use interlibrary loan, apply for a Bodleian reader’s card, or use the SCONUL Access scheme to access other University libraries.
  • Don’t forget to look at the reading list for your dissertation module, if there is one, for recommendations of research methods books and other useful resources. We also have a general Dissertations and independent research reading list.