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Getting Started: Databases


Databases A - Z

A database is an excellent way to find journal articles, conference papers, theses and other types of publications. As the most up-to-date research is published at conferences and in journals, databases are vital research tools for current information. What's a database? is a very short video introduction. 

There are many databases covering a range of different subject areas so you will need to decide which are most appropriate to your needs. 

In the tabs at the right, you will find a selected listing of education databases and more detailed information about The British Education Index, ERIC, Scopus and Web of Science.

To access databases, go to the A -Z List of databases available to UCL staff and students. 





Education Databases

Although you have access to many databases, there are some databases that are core to the subject of education rather than covering a wide range of subject areas.  Go to Databases A - Z to find the following:

  • British Education Index (BEI) (EBSCO)                                             
  • ERIC (Proquest)
  • Australian Education Index (AEI) (Proquest)
  • Child Development & Adolescent Studies (EBSCO)
  • Digital Education Resource Archive (DERA) 
  • Education Abstracts (EBSCO)
  • Education Database (Proquest)
  • Educational Administration Abstracts (EBSCO)
  • German Education Portal
  • HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) Databases 
  • IDP Database of Resarch on International Education


British Education Index & Thesaurus

The British Education Index (BEI) provides information on research, policy and practice in education and training in the UK. It covers all aspects of education from preschool to higher education from sources mostly published in the UK although the BEI does include international literature. Publication types include:

  • journal articles
  • theses and dissertations
  • conferences
  • symposia
  • meetings
  • books
  • reports

ERIC & Thesaurus


The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) is a database of over a 1.5 million references. Sponsored by the US Institute of Education Sciences and the US Department of Education, ERIC claims to be the 'world's largest digital library of education literature'.  ERIC holds some full-text materials free of charge and encompasses bibliographic records indexed since 1966 including journal articles, books, research findings, conference papers, technical reports and policy papers.

ERIC is available freely and via Proquest for UCL students and staff:


Scopus is a multidisciplinary database including over 70 million records with content from over 5000 publishers covering:

  • science,
  • mathematics,
  • engineering,
  • technology,
  • health and medicine,
  • social sciences and
  • humanities.
For a more detailed look at Scopus, click here.

Web of Science

The Web of Science (formerly Web of Knowledge) covers the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Databases included are:

  • Science Citation Index Expanded with Cited References (1970– )
  • Social Sciences Citation Index Expanded with Cited References (1970– )
  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index with Cited References (1975– )
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science edition (1990– )
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Social Science + Humanities edition (1990– )
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