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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/ Susan Wallace

General Dictionaries 

Macquarie Dictionary - Online Access

Oxford English Dictionary -Online Access

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

A comprehensive online encyclopedia of education:

International Encyclopedia of Education (Elsevier) (for more encyclopedias see box at bottom of page)

Books and other resources on your topic can be found by searching your keywords of phrases in the Library Catalogue.

Start with a keyword search, look at the subject field of the catalogue record for links to more books on the topic. If the book you want is not held or is on loan you can either request the item using the red request icon on the catalogue record, or request the item via Document Delivery.

Find more books on your topic from Libraries around Australia by searching Libraries Australia and request items not held in our collections via Document Delivery.

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Contact Us

For general enquiries such as 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 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.


To search for eBooks in the Library Catalogue limit your search to eBooks.

The eBooks on the Library Catalogue are 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 eBook reader software such as Adobe Digital Editions or Blue Fire Reader.

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

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