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Databases are searchable electronic tools to help you to find journal articles, conference papers and other sources. 

Lots of the journals indexed are available at Park Square, Polhill or Putteridge Bury in print or in electronic full text.  Use the Journal Title search on the library catalogue to locate cited articles.  Many databases include links to the full text of documents. Full details about finding and using journal articles can be found here.

You can search the databases individually by following the links below or you can use the single search solution DISCOVER that allows you to search most of the electronic resources and the catalogue simultaneously and provides you with current availability information on library catalogue items. 

DISCOVER is based on the EBSCOhost interface so will look familiar and can be searched in the same way as the EBSCO databases.  Results from any electronic resource can be saved to your personal My EBSCOhost folder, and your saved Preferences are available using DISCOVER

Core education databases

  • Education Research Complete - citations and abstracts from more than 2,100 journals, as well as full text for more than 1,200 journals. It also includes full text for nearly 500 books and monographs, and full text for numerous education-related conference papers.  This database is included in DISCOVER, so when you search there you will be searching across this one too.
  • British Education Index - database indexing articles from peer-reviewed journals, report literature, conference proceedings, trade magazines, patents, articles from the popular press, and many other publications. This database is included in DISCOVER, so when you search there you will be searching across this one too.
  • ERIC - important American database providing access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials and, if available, includes links to full text. This database is included in DISCOVER, so when you search there you will be searching across this one too.
  • Education Abstracts - provides indexing and abstracts for more than 680 periodicals and yearbooks, dating as far back as 1983. Books on education published after 1995 are also indexed. Subject coverage includes adult education, multicultural/ethnic education, teaching methods and much more. This database is included in DISCOVER, so when you search there you will be searching across this one too.
  • Educational Administration Abstracts -  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 190,000 records, which are carefully selected from the most important sources within the discipline. This database is included in DISCOVER, so when you search there you will be searching across this one too.
  • Child Development and Adolescent Studies - a good  source for references to the current and historical literature related to growth and development of children through to the age of 21. 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. This database is included in DISCOVER, so when you search there you will be searching across this one too.
  • Teacher Reference Center - provides indexing and abstracts for 280 periodicals. In addition, 96% of journals indexed in the database are peer-reviewed. Covers topics relating to teacher education. This database is included in DISCOVER, so when you search there you will be searching across this one too.

Databases for related subjects

  • ASSIA - index to articles from over 500 journals in the fields of health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education.  This database is not searched on DISCOVER so follow the link above to access.
  • JISC Mediahub (includes Education Image Gallery). A subscription service specially for use in academic institutions. It gives access to around 50,000 images on a broad range of subjects taken from several archive collections. Images can be downloaded and are all copyright cleared. It enables cross searching and exploration of TV news, documentary films, still images and classical music.This database is not searched on DISCOVER so follow the link above to access.
  • PsycINFO - the database of the American Psychological Association. Excellent starting point for psychology related material such as cognitive development, child behaviour and learning theories. This database is included in DISCOVER, so when you search there you will be searching across this one too.
  • PsycARTICLES  from the American Psychological Association (APA), is a definitive source of full text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. It contains more than 153,000 articles from nearly 80 journals. It includes all journal articles, book reviews, letters to the editor, and errata from each journal. Coverage spans 1894 to the present and nearly all APA journals go back to Volume 1, Issue 1. This database is included in DISCOVER, so when you search there you will be searching across this one too.
  • SocIndex - a wide-ranging social science database with links to some full text articles. This database is included in DISCOVER, so when you search there you will be searching across this one too.
  • SPORTDiscus with full text - This database provides full text for periodical articles and book chapters concerned with the following areas of sport: recreation, exercise physiology, sports medicine, coaching, physical fitness, the psychology, history and sociology of sport, training, and conditioning. Journal coverage ranges from 1975 to the present, while coverage of theses and book chapters extend as far back as 1949. This database is included in DISCOVER, so when you search there you will be searching across this one too.

Useful general databases

  • Academic Search Elite - full text journal collection covering most areas of academic study. This database is included in DISCOVER, so when you search there you will be searching across this one too.
  • EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service - full text journals covering most areas of academic study. This database is included in DISCOVER, so when you search there you will be searching across this one too.
  • Newsbank - contains the full text of the well known national and regional newspapers in the UK. It is updated every day. This database is included in DISCOVER, so when you search there you will be searching across this one too.
  • Scopus This database indexes a high number of peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers across the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences. Its content is included in DISCOVER but the individual database also encompasses tools to track citations so you can see how often and where a paper has been cited. Further details on how to use the database can be found here
  • ISI Web of Science - research database (citations only) covering a wide range of subjects  Tutorials | User guide.This database is included in DISCOVER, so when you search there you will be searching across this one too.
  • Sage Research Methods - This database supports research at all levels by providing material to guide users through every step of the research process. Nearly everyone at a university is involved in research, from students learning how to conduct research to faculty conducting research for publication to librarians delivering research skills training and doing research on the efficacy of library services. SAGE Research Methods has the answer for each of these user groups, from a quick dictionary definition, a case study example from a researcher in the field, a downloadable teaching dataset, a full-text title from the Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences series, or a video tutorial showing research in action.
  • JSTOR - this database includes over 1,700 academic journals with full text available back to the first volume. The subject coverage is broad across the arts, humanities, social sciences, law, life sciences and health. This database is included in DISCOVER, so when you search there you will be searching across this one too.
  • ZETOC - indexes 20,000 important journals and provides alerting services (via email and RSS). This database is not searched on DISCOVER so follow the link above to access.
  • COPAC - an important source of information about books. This database is not searched on DISCOVER so follow the link above to access.
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