Learning and teaching

Learning and teaching

If you are a student on the PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education or the PG Certificate in Academic Practice then this is the subject guide for you.

Finding books

To find books and ebooks use Discover. Watch a short video to help improve your search.

Where are my books in the Library?

You will find most learning and teaching books on Level 3 starting at shelf number 378. For help ask a member of staff on the floor or watch Find a book in the Library.

Many of our books are online, watch Find and use ebooks to learn more.

Finding and Using Databases

Databases enable you to do a more strategic search than you can on Discover. They help you find information quickly and efficiently by allowing you to search using a combination of search terms, to filter and narrow your results (by date or subject area for example) and save your searches for later.

Key databases:
  • British education index (BEI): provides information on research, policy and practice in education and training in the UK. Strengths include aspects of educational policy and administration, evaluation and assessment, technology and special educational needs. It covers all aspects of education from preschool to higher education. Sources include education and training journals, mostly published in the UK, plus books, reports, series and conference papers.
  • ERIC: the Education Research Information Centre is an online library of research and information sponsored by the institute of Education Sciences of the US Department of Education.
  • Both BEI and ERIC are on the EBSCO platform and so can be searched at the same time
  • ProQuest Educational Database indexes over 1200 scholarly education journals, of which over 900 are full text.

Websites can offer a range of information, for example policy documents and statistics, which may be difficult to find elsewhere.

There are lots of useful websites freely available for example GCU sites such as Academic Quality and Development; Data reporting bodies such as HESA; organisations like the AdvanceHE and learned societies like the Society for Research into Higher Education.