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. There are many databases covering a range of different subject areas so you will need to decide which are most appropriate to your needs. Watch this very short UCL video for an introduction to databases.
To access any of the databases that are available to UCL staff and students, go to the UCL Databases page.
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 the UCL Databases page to find the following:
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:
For more information about this database, go to the IOE BEI Libguide.
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:
For more information about this database, go to the IOE Scopus Libguide.
The Web of Science (formerly Web of Knowledge) covers the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Databases included are:
For more information about this database, go to the IOE Web of Science Libguide.