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Education & Curriculum Studies: Finding Books and Encyclopedias

Researching in the discipline of education

Education research is often complex. You are required to understand and access a range of different sources. These include books, academic journal articles (published research), syllabus documents, curriculum resources, research reports from educational organisations and government departments aswell as statistical data & social statistics.

Use the navigation pane on the left of this page to view the range of resources available from the University of Sydney Library.

Defining your terms, finding encyclopedias and books on your topic

Orient yourself to the literature by using specialist dictionaries & encyclopedias for Education:

A dictionary of education (Oxford) -Online Access

Macquarie Dictionary - Online Access

Oxford English Dictionary -Online Access  to the 20 Volume work

Oxford Reference Online Premium a range of specialist Oxford dictionaries (including bilingual, subject specific dictionaries, dictionaries of quotations) in one online resource 

International Encyclopedia of Education (Elsevier)- online access A comprehensive online encyclopedia of education

Books and other resources on your topic can be found by searching your keywords of phrases in Library SearchType in your keywords or title and choose Material Type BOOKS

Look at the subject field of the library record for links to more books on the topic. If the book you want is not held or is on loan you can request the item using the Request options on the library record.

Find more books on your topic from Libraries around Australia by searching Libraries Australia and request items not held in our collections via our Borrow from Another Library service.


Use Library Search to find eBooks: login to Library Search using your Uni-key and password, search for the book title or keyword/s and choose Material Type BOOKS from the search screen. Refine your search results further using the Refine my results options on the left of the screen to Show only those available online

The Library's eBooks come in a variety of formats, some display chapters that can be viewed in HTML format or PDF files that can be saved to your computer, others require an eBook reader software such as Adobe Digital Editions or Blue Fire Reader.

Our eBooks are accessible 24/7 from anywhere using your Unikey login and password.  For more information about eBooks including troubleshooting, see the Library's eBook Help Guide.

Selected eBook collections freely available on the web are listed below. 

Contact Us

For general library enquiries about opening hours, locating resources on the shelves, copying and scanning and booking study rooms in the library please ask at the Information Desk in Fisher or contact us by phone on 9351 2993 or 9351 2994. We also have a Chat Now and an Ask Us Now service.

For research enquiries contact Christine Tennent, Academic Liaison Librarian for the Sydney School of Education & Social Work.

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