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Getting Started: Databases


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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 it's a vital research tool. There are many databases covering a range of different subject areas so you will need to decide whicn are most appropriate to your needs.  What's a database? is a very short video introduction and might be useful if you new to this area. 

To access databases, go to the A -Z List of databases available to UCL staff and students. You can then narrow down by subject area as shown below.  You might also want to use Quick Links and Help.




Education Databases

Although you have access to many databases, there are some databases that are core to the subject of Education, and very strongly focused on the subject (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)
  • Education Abstracts (EBSCO)
  • Educational Administration Abstracts (EBSCO)
  • Proquest Education Database 


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



The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) is a database of over a 1.4 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 IOE students and staff:

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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