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Education & Curriculum Studies: Databases for Education

Education databases

Use Library databases to search for journal articles, book chapters and reports. 

Databases are online collections of resources that you can search to find information. Some databases cover a particular subject area and some cover a range of disciplines. Most library databases require a unikey login. 

When searching databases think of synonyms, broader, narrower and related terms for the concepts you are searching. Use the features in the systems to refine your search (such as limiting by peer review or date), making the results more relevant.

BOOLEAN OPERATORS are used in database searching:

AND narrows your search, use AND to combine different concepts

OR broadens your search, use OR to combine synonyms or related terms

Multidisciplinary databases


The way in which a concept, topic or subject is described varies greatly across disciplines. In some disciplines subject and concept descriptors are very precise and in others there are multiple descriptors/terms that may relate to a specific concept. Education and the Social Sciences frequently have a multiplicity of relevant search terms. Specialist thesauri will help you explore the terminology that relates to your research area and the particular database you are searching. Thesauri may help you to focus or broaden your search, help you locate synonyms and related terms for your concepts. Many database have a thesaurus built into the search options.

Finding theses

An academic dissertation or thesis is a large research paper written by students in order to complete their master's or doctoral degrees (PhD).  

Streamed media databases

ERIC - the essential education database

International Education Database

Citation databases

Image databases

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