Learning and teaching

Learning and teaching

This guide aims to navigate you to quality scholarly information sources to support your research. Our referencing page provides guidance on all referencing systems used across the university including Harvard.
For additional support, please contact your librarian.

Books and ebooks

Library catalogue and reading lists

All of our books and ebooks are searchable on Discover

  • Reading list keyword search allows you to retrieve a list of all the items on your reading list in one search. Search by module code, module leader (surname only) or module title
  • To retrieve only ebooks (useful if you are off campus), tick the Search only Electronic Books option under the search box
  • Mark records of interest and print or email these. Click the mark icon beside the book information
Ebook collections

All of our ebooks are on the library catalogue but you may want to browse through our major collections. All of these are listed on our ebooks page as well as those mentioned below:

  • Oxford Scholarship Online includes thousands of current academic monographs from Oxford University Press. Browse or search across our subscribed content
  • Dawsonera is one of our major ebooks aggregators, pulling together ebooks from hundreds of publishers. Use the Advanced Search option to search across all of our owned content. Tip: make sure to untick the Include not owned option under the search box
  • MyiLibrary is another substantial collection. Search or browse 

Most ebooks will allow you to copy and paste or print some of the content with some restrictions. This information should be clear on the ebook platform you are using.

Other library catalogues

If you are doing a longer piece of research, you may want to locate items not held in our collection. Catalogues of interest might be:

Using other libraries

SCONUL Access is a reciprocal borrowing and access scheme within HE across the UK. Apply online for access to any libraries that you need access to for your research. Individual libraries will confirm your borrowing and access rights when you join. This is free to eligible staff and students within HE across the UK.

Finding journal articles

There are many excellent tools for finding journal articles. Here are some of the best for researching learning and teaching topics:

Getting started

A good general starting point if you are looking for journal articles on a specific subject is the Library's Discover service. Discover is a fast, broad search across the majority of the library's full text resources. It indexes millions of journal articles as well as case studies, reviews, theses and other scholarly items. The Help button under the search box has search tips (and there are some general search tips at the bottom of this page).  

Databases for finding journal articles
  • Proquest is a multidisciplinary collection of databases with over 19,000 journal titles in full text. The data covers 1905 to present. As well as journal articles, the database includes international newspapers and dissertations. An advantage of using a database over Discover or a search engine is that you can focus your search more effectively, use controlled vocabulary and use alerting and other value-added services to support your research. You may want to watch these YouTube videos on using Proquest
  • British Education Index provides information on research, policy and practice in education in the UK. Database strengths include education policy, evaluation, assessment and special educational needs. Covers pre-school to HE. The data is from 1950 to present and includes journal articles, conference proceedings, books and reports published in the UK as well as some international data and internet resources
  • ERIC indexes journal articles, conference proceedings, theses, government reports, books and directories. It is sponsored by the US Department of Education. It is on the Proquest platform but you can search this database separately and on the Advanced search screen you can use the ERIC thesaurus to do controlled vocabulary searches.
  • Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) on Web of Science indexes over 1700 major social sciences journals from 1981 onwards. WoS also includes the two major databases - the Arts and Humanities Citation Index and the Science Citation Index. You can search all three major sources at the same time
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences is a unique resource which indexes over two million journal articles, book reviews and book chapters from 1951 to present providing international coverage of social science and related disciplines. Over 7000 books and 3000 journals are indexed annually
  • JSTOR is an archive collection of scholarly journal articles. Coverage is from volume 1, issue 1 with a moving wall of four to five years behind the current edition
Search tips
  • Phrase searching - use quotation marks "........" to search for a phrase like "formative assessment"; "social learning". This will focus your search and ensure you find relevant material. If you don't use quotation marks, the database will find material containing all of your terms but not necessarily the phrase
  • Using AND to focus your search - using AND between terms means that all terms must be present in your results. For example, feedback AND assessment
  • Expanding your search using OR (sometimes called the inclusive OR) - use OR to search for synonyms or abbreviations, like "blended learning" OR "online learning"; constructivism OR Piaget OR "experiential learning". This expands your search to ensure that you capture alternative terms
  • Useful graphic on combining search terms using the boolean operators AND, OR, NOT