As you can see from the options below, there are various different sources of educational research content available. Take a moment to consider which sources will fit your current research need the best:
The easiest way to find a book is to search on Primo. Type in the author's name, title of the book or search by keywords. Limiting your search to books, journal titles etc from the drop down menu will help narrow down your results.
Make a note of the class number so you can find the book on the shelf.
You may also wish to browse the shelves but remember that not all books will be in the same location as some will be relevant to other subjects too.
As well as physical books the Library also has a number of ebooks. Whilst ebooks are designed to be read online you can save/download sections (within copyright guidelines) and occasionally you will be able to download books for a either a 1-day 'check out' or sometimes permanent download to keep (this depends on the publisher).
Search Primo (title/author recommended) and limit to 'full text online'. Or, see the direct links to ebook collections below:
To find the most up to date research you will need to search for research papers, often published within academic journals. Sometimes your lecturer may suggest a particular journal. Often journals may have a particular focus e.g. British journal of Special Education so articles will have a focus on learning difficulties and inclusion so can be very useful when you are looking at a particular topic.
If you are training to teach, you can use the School Experience Collection: books and teaching materials for use with primary and secondary pupils. The collection has been assembled for over 40 years and includes some items of historical interest. Some of the collection is used to support modules on children’s literature, including a collection of picture books.
If you are going on placement, you will need to be able to find materials to take with you to support your teaching and also the school which may not have a library.
The aims of this guide are:
to help you become more effective in finding materials for school experience
to be aware of what other material in the library can support school experience
to find cross curricular resources for school experience
The library holds a very small amount of DVDs which are kept on the shelves alongside the
books however most recordings of TV programmes can now be accessed online via BoB:
Newspapers are great for up to date topical or local opinions on events. However it is important to remember that newspapers are written for profit so will use attention grabbing headlines and are often factually incorrect. Often papers have a political affiliation and this may bias their interpretation of events. As newspapers are aimed at the general public the coverage is usually too shallow for academic purposes.
So always verify information found in a newspaper article.
Currently you can search back issues of newspapers, including local papers, through a database called Lexis ('news' tab). The Times Educational Supplement is also available here.
There is a wealth of information available on the web and some of this may be useful for your assignments. You can search for websites using a search engine such as Google or Bing however often this can overwhelm you with results. To improve your results think about the using the advanced search settings - you can specify words to include/ exclude and limit by type of website. Some good Google search tutorials are available on LinkedIn Learning.