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Books, articles and more from your Library

Library Search is the best place to start looking for academic books, e-books, journals and other sources. Sometimes you may want to do more targeted searches within a research database, specifically for journal articles. We have listed some of our favourite research databases for education in the box below (Journals and research). For a complete list of the University's subscription databases, visit the A-Z Databases page.

Need some help? Thinking of asking about Harvard referencing?

Contact one of your librarians or for more advice on searching for your assignment, research topic or area of interest. We also help with referencing and are happy to answer any questions you have. Please do check your Harvard guide for information about how to cite and reference, and see also the Government resources tab below; the full guidance at Cite Them Right Online; and our very own Referencing FAQs.

Need to know how to find resources?

Check out our YouTube videos which show you how to get the best from the library. You'll find lots of resources to support your knowledge development in the study skills section of our website, particularly Finding sources and Evaluating sources.


Government resources

department for education

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


education in england website

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). 

government statistics STATISTICS: published and upcoming official statistics in England and Wales. Focus your search by policy area, department or date.
government policy POLICY: Press releases, news stories and research related to areas of policy. Focus your search by policy area or department.
government ofsted 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. 

Google custom search for legislation and government Google custom search for selected webpages related to Government and legislation.

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).

UK government web archive

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

referencing page          cite them right online website

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. 

Reference List

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).

Other useful references:

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 (2014) The National Curriculum in England: Key Stages 3 and 4 framework document. 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). 

Journals and research

Library Search offers a comprehensive method of searching and accessing the major publisher collections and research databases relevant to Education and Early Childhood. There are a small number of resources and journals which will not appear in Library Search results - just ask Sarah, Jennifer or Alison for more information.

Research Databases and Publisher Collections

NB: Research databases include Academic Search Complete (ASC), British Education Index (BEI) and ERIC. Publisher collections of journals include SAGE, Wiley-Blackwell and Taylor & Francis. Library Search includes journals held in publisher collections and ASC. BEI and ERIC, though not full text databases, will link out to full journal articles if the university subscribes to them.

Keep up to date with the latest research

  • Journal TOCs : create a free account to get email alerts containing the latest tables of contents (TOCs) in selected journals. Find and select journals from across a range of publishers and open access options. 
  • Zetoc : another option for keeping up to date with journal articles. Set up an email alert for journals in your subject by clicking Zetoc Alert, then find University of Worcester from the list, and log in as usual to get started.
  • #readmyresearch : Taylor & Francis (academic publisher) showcase their most popular journal articles in Education and Early years. Check back regularly.
  • National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) : search for and browse the latest research, reports and papers in Education.
  • GAP (Good Autism Practice) : this single journal from BILD (British Institute of Learning Disabilities) is worth a mention, as you won't find it through Library Search! Articles from 2007 onwards can be accessed here
  • International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning : open access journal available here.

Did you know...? can search within most journals by using a publication title field search in Library Search? You can even combine this with a keyword, so you are looking for that word within articles in that journal. Give it a try: 

PublicationTitle:("Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs") AND autis*

Copy and paste this into the Library Search box, replacing the journal title with the one you need. (The asterisk * at the end of autis represents endings of that word e.g. autism or autistic.) 

To check for an online subscription to any journal title, search for the title on our A-Z subscription list

Websites for research

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. 

BERA (2018) Ethical Guidelines for Educational Research. 4th edn. Available at: (Accessed: 16 April 2019).

Chartered College of Teaching : an 'independent chartered organisation for the teaching profession' which succeeds the College of Teachers. Materials from the Cambridge Primary Review (CPR/CPRT) have been archived and are available via the Chartered College of Teaching (membership required).  

Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) : evidence-informed decision making for teachers. Take a look at the school themes and toolkits, and their news blog. Email alerts available.

EPPI-Centre : systematic reviews and evidence to inform policy and professional practice. 

GAP (Good Autism Practice) : an academic journal available through the Ingenta site and not on Library Search. 

Mendeley : consider using reference management software like Mendeley to discover, store and organise the literature you find, read and cite. Includes the Harvard Cite Them Right style.

NFER : National Foundation for Educational Research.  Publications, research, news and blogs.  Their journal, Educational Research, is available through the library. 

Nursery World : access selected articles from this publication here (2014-present, 'Nursery World Select'). Access to our subscription is also available via the Nursery World website. If required, click 'Sign In' (top right), then 'Institution Sign In', find University of Worcester and click 'Log in' to use your usual university username and password.

Optimus Education Knowledge Centres : four knowledge centres and a regular blog. Useful for teaching and learning, SEN, safeguarding and leadership. Email about login details.

PRISMA : "Transparent reporting of systematic reviews and meta-analyses". Offers an excellent checklist and flowchart for those carrying out a systematic review of the literature on a topic. 

TACTYC : Early Childhood professional association. See their Reflections papers and Occasional Papers for topical research, study and debate.

TED Talks (Education) : "These TED Talks explore the latest thinking - from teachers, parents, kids - on how to build a better school."

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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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. 

Click this link for a customised Google Search. This searches selected websites for teaching ideas and classroom resources.

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:

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