Most education resources will be found in the Education Library.
Other related resources can be found in the Arts and Social Sciences Library:
Materials to support Education courses are available in the Education Library:
Graduate School of Education, Masters, PhD, MPhil and EdD theses are held in the Education Library Thesis collection. They may be consulted within the library, please ask at the Library Issue Desk if you wish to see any.
The Inter-Library Loans (ILL) service can be used to obtain Items not held in print in the University's libraries or available online. Please speak to your Subject Librarian about these items as they may be able to suggest other means by which you can access them.
|British Education Index||Provides information on research, policy and practice in education and training in the UK. The index covers all aspects and fields of education from pre-school to adult and higher education. Strengths include coverage of aspects of educational policy and administration, evaluation and assessment, technology and special educational needs. Database sources include education and training journals, mostly published in the UK, plus monographs, book reviews, policy and conference papers, research reports and theses. Some international material is also included.|
|ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center)||An online digital library of education research and information sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. The database has an American focus but also indexes international educational material. Coverage includes journal articles, books, ERIC Digests, research reports, conference papers, theses and other education-related materials. Abstracts are available for many of the records and data is available from 1966 onwards with links to over 337,000 full text documents.|
|Australian Education Index||A bibliographic database covering the period from 1978 to the present. Material is selected from a wide range of Australian sources, including reports, books, journal articles, online resources, conference papers, book chapters and theses. The index covers education at all levels from early childhood to adult and continuing education, including indigenous education, special education, vocational and professional education. Coverage of Australian education research is comprehensive and reflects trends and practices in teaching, learning and educational management.|
|Teacher Reference Center||This database provides indexing and abstracts for many popular teacher and administrator trade journals and books designed to help professional educators. 96% of journals included are peer reviewed. The following subject areas are covered: assessment, best practices, continuing education, current pedagogical research, curriculum development, higher education, literacy standards, school administration, teacher education, science and mathematics.|
|Education Abstracts||Providing indexing and abstracts for hundreds of periodicals, books and yearbooks, Education Abstracts covers subjects including comparative education, higher education, adult education, school administration, teaching methods, teacher evaluation, literacy standards, multicultural/ethnic education and teaching methods. Records date back to 1983 and accompanying abstracts are available from 1994.|
|PsycINFO||PsycINFO (sometimes mistakenly known as PsychINFO) is produced by the American Psychological Association. It is a comprehensive international database covering summaries of journal articles, book chapters, technical reports and citations to dissertations in the field of psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines. Coverage is from 1806 onwards.|
|Educational Administration Abstracts||This database includes bibliographic records covering areas related to educational administration, including educational leadership, educational management, educational research, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. The index contains more than 199,000 records and coverage dates back to 1966.|
|Educational Research Abstracts||Comprising fully indexed abstracts which cover the current international research in education. ERA is supported by a fully flexible search engine, and comprises links to the full-text online versions of articles where possible.|
|Research into Higher Education Abstracts||Published on behalf of the Society for Research into Higher Education, exists to propagate knowledge about, and encourage discussion of, significant research into higher education. It provides a regular survey of international periodicals relevant to the theory and practice of higher education and also offers a selective coverage of books and monographs. More than 600 abstracts are produced each year.|
|Database of Research on International Education||A searchable Web database of research relevant to international education, produced by AEI (the operating name of the Australian Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training). It contains details of over 8000 books, articles, conference papers and reports on various aspects of international education from publishers in Australia and overseas. It encompasses Australian and international research and, where possible, includes links to the full text of catalogued research. The database is updated monthly.|
|Digital Education Research Archive (DERA)||The Institute of Education's 'UK Digital Education Repository Archive' (DERA) is a digital archive of all documents published electronically by government and related bodies in the area of education. The IOE's aims in creating the archive is for the permanent preservation of all electronic publications on education in the UK and to create a coherent, inclusive, fully searchable digital archive in the subject area of education, which is permanently and freely accessible to all.|
|History of Education in England||Derek Gillard's website aims to provide students, teachers, lecturers and researchers with historical information on the history of education in England. 'Education in England' tells the story of England's schools from around 600 to the present day and includes a timeline of major events and education acts. The site also includes the full text of 25 key UK education reports and the author's own articles on the education system and educational policy.|
|World Data on Education||World Data on Education is published by the International Bureau of Education (IBE), the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) institute specializing in educational contents, methods and structures. It contains detailed and systematized information on education systems of over 150 countries worldwide, with a particular emphasis on curricula and curriculum development processes.|
|Child Development & Adolescent Studies||A source of references to the current and historical literature related to the growth and development of children through the age of 21. The database includes all issues of Child Development Abstracts & Bibliography from 1927 - 2001 previously published by the Society for Research in Child Development plus new coverage on child rights and welfare issues. Book reviews and abstracts from hundreds of journals and a bibliography of thousands of technical reports, books, book chapters, theses and dissertations covering biomedical and social sciences worldwide are indexed.|
|Autism Data||Autism Data is produced by the National Autistic Society and contains published material on autism and Asperger syndrome. The database lists over 25,000 published research papers, books, articles, videos and other materials. The contents include bibliographic records of all the items in The National Autistic Society Information Centre Library, together with the details of research articles on autism published in journals which are not part of the society's holdings. Abstracts are available for many of the records on the database and both simple and advanced search options are available.|
|International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)||Includes references dating back to 1951. Over 2,800 journals are regularly indexed and some 7,000 books are included each year.|
|Sociological Abstracts||Covers the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences from 1963 to date. The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,809 serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers. Records added after 1974 contain in-depth and non-evaluative abstracts of journal articles.|
|Studies on Women and Gender Abstracts||An international abstracting service covering women's studies. The database comprises abstracts of journal articles and books dating back to 1995.|
|Web of Science - Core Collection||
The databases available within the Web of Science - Core Collection are:
Entries prior to 1981 do not include abstracts.
|Scopus||A large abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Scopus has journal coverage in many subjects across the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities.|
|Zetoc (Electronic Table of Contents)||Provides access to the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents (ETOC). The database covers all subjects and contains details of approximately 20,000 current journals and 16,000 conference proceedings published per year. The database includes almost 15 million references to articles from 1993 to date and is updated daily. Some records include abstracts, when present these are found on the 'Full record' page. Document delivery is offered as well but this is at your cost. An email alerting service is available that aims to help you keep up-to-date with relevant new articles and papers.|
|Public Information Online||Provides access to the full-text of UK parliamentary papers from the Westminster Parliament, Scottish Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly, National Assembly for Wales and Scottish Government. House of Commons Papers House of Commons Bills House of Lords Papers House of Lords Bills Command Papers Public Bill and Standing Committee Debates Documents will be available on the day of publication.|
|EThOS (Electronic Theses Online Service)||
The UK’s national thesis service. EThOS aims to provide an aggregated record of all doctoral theses awarded by UK Higher Education institutions and free access to the full text of as many theses as possible for use by all researchers to further their own research. The year range of the included theses depends on the participating institutions. The database is updated at least weekly with new records from UK Higher Education Institutions and theses harvested from UK HEI Repositories. Theses are also digitised when ordered by users and these are loaded on a daily basis.
Please note: UK theses not available on EThOS can be requested via the Inter-Library Loan service
|ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: UK & Ireland||Also known as Index to Theses, this database offers the most comprehensive available listing of doctoral theses, with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland, since 1716. Bibliographic listings for content for 1950-1986. Abstracts for content since 1986 with some additional 15,000 citations added annually.|
The following guides to literature searching in general and to searching individual education databases are available here and have been produced by the Education Subject Librarian:
|Resource||Location and Classmark (shelf location)|
|Acronyms and initialisms in education: a handlist||in the Education Library at Gen. Ref. [LB15]|
|Annual abstract of statistics. (HMSO) - includes a section on education||in the Arts and Social Sciences Library at Statistics HA1122.A2|
|British Education Index - an indexing serial giving details of mainly British journal articles published on education topics||in the Education Library at Indexing Serial Bri|
|British Education Thesaurus 2nd edition - for use to identify subject terms when searching the online British Education Index database||in the Education Library at PC Area|
|Commonwealth universities yearbook||in the Education Library at Gen.Ref.[LB2301]|
|Dictionaries of education||in the Education Library at Gen.Ref.[LB15]|
|Doing a literature search :a comprehensive guide for the social sciences||in the Education Library at LB2369 HAR|
|Education at a glance : OECD indicators||in the Education Library at Gen.Ref.[LA102 Edu]|
|Education authorities directory and annual||in the Education Library at Gen.Ref.[L915]|
|Education in the UK : facts and figures||in the Education Library at Gen.Ref.[LA232 MCK] and at LA232 MCK|
|Education statistics for the United Kingdom (HMSO)||in the Education Library at the Library Counter|
|Education Statistics: Actuals and Estimates (CIPFA) - statistics of education in local authority and Grant Maintained Schools||in the Education Library at Gen.Ref.[LA232 EDU]|
|Education year book||in the Education Library at Gen.Ref.[L915]|
|Europa World of learning||in the Education Library at Gen.Ref.[LB2301]|
|Google for dummies||in the Education Library at PC Area|
|Google power :unleash the full potential of Google||in the Education Library at PC Area|
|Guide to official statistics||in the Education Library at Gen.Ref.[HA50]|
|How to find out in education: a guide to information sources||in the Education Library at Gen.Ref.[Z5001]|
|How to find information: a guide for researchers 2nd ed.||in the Education Library at LB2369 RUM|
|International encyclopedia of education 3rd ed.||in the Education Library at Gen. Ref.[LB15]|
|Internet research skills :how to do your literature search and find research information online||in the Education Library at HM35 ODO|
|Law of education||in the Education Library at Gen.Ref.[LA232 LAW]|
|Primary education directory||in the Education Library at Gen.Ref.[L915]|
|Search strategies for the Internet :how to identify essential resources more effectively 3rd edition||
in the Education Library at
Oversize TK5105 BLA
|Social Trends (HMSO) - contains a section of educational statistics, but categories vary from year to year||in the Education Library at Gen.Ref. [AX] and recent years online via data.gov.uk|
|Statistical Bulletin (National Statistics Bulletin) - an irregular bulletin designed to make key educational statistics quickly available||in the Education Library at HMSO Statistics|
|Statistics of Education (DFEE) - multi-volume work covering: Student Support; Students in Further and Higher Education; Public Examinations, GCSE and GCE; Schools; Teachers in service||in the Education Library at the Library Counter, with back issues at HMSO Statistics|
|The extreme searcher's guide to Web search engines :a handbook for the serious searcher||in the Education Library at TK5105 HOC|
|Thesaurus of ERIC descriptors - for use to identify subject terms when searching the online ERIC database||in the Education Library at PC Area|
|University Statistics||in the Arts and Social Sciences Library at Statistics L341.S86|
|Whitaker's almanack||in the Education Library at Gen.Ref.[AY]|
|World Education Report (UNESCO)||in the Education Library at Gen.Ref.[LA102 Wor]|
|World Yearbook of Education||in the Education Library at L101|
It is important that any sources you use in preparing your written work are acknowledged and accurately cited. This allows anyone reading your work to find the sources you have used for your ideas, arguments and findings and also to verify any quotations you have made. It is also important to use a clear and consistent style of citation.
Kingston University Information Services Citing References using the Harvard Style
Literature references are often written with abbreviated terms. Probably the most troublesome are abbreviated journal titles which can make finding a journal difficult.
If you are unable to find the abbreviation you are looking for, please ask a member of the Library staff for assistance. Alternatively, these online resources may help:
Search All That Jas: Journal Abbreviation Sources - a listing of useful web resources that allow you to search for journal abbreviations.
Sometimes very short unofficial abbreviations are employed in reference books or journals.
Please note: these should not be used in the references that you write, unless they are stipulated by the body or journal that you are submitting your work to.
EndNote is the University of Bristol's recommended bibliographical management software, which can be used to collect, store, organise and manage references, and to output them as reference lists or bibliographies. A particularly useful function is 'Cite While You Write', enabling you to format Word documents, producing bibliographies and adding references within the text.
Updated 2 October 2015 by the University Library
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