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Journals and databases

Use Library Search to search across and access our databases and journals.

There are a small number of resources which will not appear in Library Search results. These include British Education Index and ERIC,  which link to the full article if we subscribe to the journal. Just ask Sarah, Anneliese or Allie for more information.

Keep up to date with the latest research and policy



Government resources

Examples of in-text citations:

The Primary National Curriculum provides the framework for teachers in schools (Department for Education, 2013). 

The Department for Education (2017) recently updated the statutory framework for EYFS. 

Useful references:

Department for Education (2013) The National Curriculum in England: Key Stages 1 and 2 framework document. Available at: (Accessed: 11 April 2019).

Department for Education (2017) Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Available at: (Accessed: 11 April 2019).

Department for Education (2014) The National Curriculum in England: Key Stages 3 and 4 framework document. Available at: (Accessed: 11 April 2019). 


Useful places to look for statistics, documents and policy papers:

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Press releases, policy papers and Government documents, including Green and White Papers.


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Original source material, reports and documents, and a timeline of events since 600AD. 

Example reference: Department of Education and Science (1975) A language for life. (The Bullock Report). London: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office. Available at: (Accessed: 11 April 2019). 

gov dot uk logo for statistics information STATISTICS: published and upcoming official statistics in England and Wales. Focus your search by policy area, department or date. See also Explore education statistics, to find national and regional level data.
gov dot uk logo for policy information POLICY: Press releases, news stories and research related to areas of policy. Focus your search by policy area or department.
gov dot uk logo for Ofsted information OFSTED: surveys and thematic reports for schools, focusing on specific issues and aspects, some of which may fall outside the inspection framework. For Ofsted (and other Government) publications, see this link. Most Ofsted reports can be referenced using a 'webpage' format as per your Harvard guide.

If you need to reference a school's inspection report, first you may want to check with your tutors about whether the school needs to be anonymised in your work. If you need to keep a report or any other source anonymous, you may instead use an Appendix. See this FAQ for details. 

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Digital Education Resource Archive (DERA)


Digital Education Resource Archive (DERA) from UCL (Institute of Education): "a digital archive of documents published electronically by government and other relevant bodies in the areas of education, training, children and families."

Example reference: Rose, J. (2006) Independent review of the teaching of early reading. Final report. Available at: (Accessed: 11 April 2019).

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The National Archives - UK Government web archive: videos, tweets and websites dating from 1996 to present. 

legislation dot gov dot uk logo Legislation including Acts of Parliament. To learn how to reference these, see this link. Acts of Parliament are a bit unusual - you don't need to cite an author, only the Act title and year in your writing. 


Looking for information on how to reference? Try:

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Some more references for you!

Department for Children, Schools and Families (2008) Letters and sounds: principles and practice of high quality phonics - phase one teaching programme. Available at: (Accessed: 11 April 2019).

Department for Education (2011) Teachers' Standards. Available at: (Accessed: 11 April 2019).

Department for Education (2015) The prevent duty: departmental advice for schools and childcare providers. Available at: (Accessed: 11 April 2019).

Department for Education and Department of Health (2015) Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years. Available at: (Accessed: 11 April 2019).

HM Government (2011) Prevent Strategy (Cm 8092). Available at: (Accessed: 11 April 2019).

Munro, E. (2011) The Munro review of child protection: final report. A child-centred system (Cm 8062). Available at: (Accessed: 11 April 2019).

National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) et al. (2016) Professional standards for teaching assistants. Available at: (Accessed: 11 April 2019). 

Research and policy

The Internet may be the only place you'll find key Government papers as well as research papers from organisations like TACTYC (the Association for Professional Development in Early Years) and NFER (National Foundation for Educational Research). We've also set up a customised Google search dedicated to research-relevant websites. 

Inspiration for teaching

To support you with the practical side of learning to teach, we have an extensive collection of teaching resources for all subjects near the children’s library in The Hive: the Teaching Collection. Here you'll find everything from sensory blocks, flashcards and Roman helmets, to big books, storysacks and textbooks. We have a webpage dedicated to the Teaching Collection, which offers inspiration for your lesson planning and research. 

Children's literature inspiration:

Are you a member of UW staff hoping to order resources for the library, or simply need some ideas? Please see our visual list of bookmarks for publishers and suppliers.

Other websites:

Subject associations and memberships:

Education news

Education is a shifting field heavily impacted by changes in the political landscape, so keep up to date with current policy changes and research here. These news feeds cover a variety of education disciplines, including primary, secondary, early childhood and higher education.

Let the latest news come to you! 

Department for Education: Children and Young People

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BBC: Education news

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The Guardian : Education news (Visit the website for links to the HE Network and Teacher Network)

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Education Scotland (the national body in Scotland for supporting quality and improvement in learning and teaching)

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Academic skills support

Want to brush up on your referencing skills or work on your academic writing? A range of professional support services are available to you here at the University of Worcester, including:

Library Services : our study skills pages cover finding sources, evaluating the information you find, avoiding plagiarism and referencing. Your Academic Liaison Librarians will support and guide your literature searching and referencing through booked sessions in your courses or modules, and one-to-one appointments. Please get in touch!

The University's Academic Writers-in-Residence : based at St Johns Campus, the writers-in-residence are professional, published authors and Royal Literary Fund Fellows. They offer one-to-one appointments for all students and staff aimed at improving written communication skills. Appointments are 45 minutes each, bookable via email: Appointments are available Monday-Thursday during semester, maximum three per year. 

The Language Centre : based in Jenny Lind building (City Campus, Farrier St), the Language Centre offers modules and appointments related to academic English usage and style. Book a one-to-one appointment, available Monday to Friday, 2-4pm. Students can book up to two appointments per week. The Language Centre offer face-to-face support rather than Skype or email consultations, as they have found this two-way interaction to be invaluable.

The Library holds a limited number of hard copy student dissertations and independent studies. You'll find them on Level 4 of The Hive, available on a 'reference only' basis. If you are looking for inspiration on how to write and present your own work, take a look at some textbooks on academic writing and presenting your research:

We have many ebooks available too. Try any of the above keywords in our ebooks search on the Library Services website.

Beyond the University of Worcester, there are some useful resources online, which can help prepare you for study. If you are a postgraduate student, give this free Open University online course a try: Succeeding in Postgraduate Study. Another OU resource worth a look is Developing good academic practice, which may help you to avoid plagiarism and cite and reference more effectively.

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Online reading tools

See our blog post for information about a range of tools which can help you with reading from a screen.  Below you'll find the links to some of these tools. 

Use CTRL + to make the web page bigger, and CTRL - to make it smaller.

Use CTRL F to search a webpage - handy for spotting keywords within a PDF document too.

The Hive events

The Hive has a fantastic Children's Library, Teaching Collection, and a huge range of fiction, non-fiction and academic texts. There are also lots of events taking place, from regular children's story and song sessions, to archaeology and archive workshops.

See the latest What's On guide for details. For the latest events from Archives and Archaeology, see their Explore the Past website.