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What are databases?
Get help with searching databases including our worksheet on how to find journal articles (PDF and Word guides available, opens in new window/tab). Or check out our video demo of how to find journal articles using the Education databases (opens in new window/tab) - featuring your fellow Education students!
All the databases below can be used to find journal articles and other research sources related to different aspects of Education. 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 will require you to use your Brookes login to access them.
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.
We have thousands of education journal titles available in full text online.
All of them are listed on our E-journals Finder, so you can search for a specific journal there (by journal title, eg british educational research journal). You can search for a specific title, or type in a keyword and then use the "Refine Results" menu on the left to narrow to, for example, Peer-Reviewed Journals. You can also 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 E-journals Finder 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. 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 - for that you'll need to use the databases mentioned above.
Our e-books let you read the whole of a textbook on your computer screen, laptop or tablet. In some cases you can download the whole book to a laptop or tablet for a limited number of days; in others, you can print or download very limited numbers of pages. Our e-book 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 since e-book readers are intended for e-books you have personally purchased.)
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 and PDF available) and work through that (guide will open in a new window/tab).
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 Charlotte Olehnovics.
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.