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Welcome to your library subject page. This has been compiled by your subject librarian and is here to help you find information for your studies and research. It is not an exhaustive list of everything available, but will point you in the right direction.

  • Getting the best from your searching

    OneSearch is a good place to start your research. However as you progress through your course you will need to develop your searching skills to incorporate other sources.

    Watch the tutorial below for an introduction to searching or access our Finding Information page for more advice.

    How to search

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    Click on the image above or use this link to view the tutorial: How to search tutorial

    You can also sign up to our webinar for guidance on how you can develop your search skills.

  • Eresources and Journals

    We have selected some key eresources and individual journal titles to help you locate relevant material for your subject. Click the link below to find out how to make the most of these resources. 

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    Eresources allow you to search across multiple sources at one time eg a range of journal articles. Some eresources are subject specific and provide more tailored results.

    In addition to these key eresources you can also explore our full A-Z of eresources.

    academic_search_complete, academic search complete logo Academic Search Complete A multidisciplinary database with access to over 5,500 full text journals. A good place for a broad search.
    Child_Development_Adolescent_Studies, Child Development Adolescent Studies logo  Child Development and Adolescent Studies

    Current and historical literature related to growth and development of children through the age of 21

    education_source, education source logo Education Source

    This calims to be the world’s largest and most complete collection of full text educational journals, covering all levels of education, from early childhood to higher education. It offers full text access to over 1,800 journals and over 550 books and monographs. An essential place to search for education assignments.

    Watch this video to learn how to use and search in Education Source:Watch 'Eresources for Education - Education Source' | Microsoft Stream

    jstor, jstor logo JSTOR Access to 12 million academic journal articles, books and primary sources across many subject areas. The scoail sciences are well covered, with a good representation or reserouces from across 57 countries.
    proquest, proquest logo Proquest Education Journals

    Access to over 900 top educational publications, including more than 600 of the titles in full text. The coverage spans the literature on primary, secondary and higher education as well as special education, home schooling and adult education. This includes an option to limit your results to a specific geographical area such as the UK.

    Watch this video to learn how to use and search in Proquest Education: Watch 'Eresources for Education Proquest Education' | Microsoft Stream

    pshelogo, pshe logo  PSHE Association Access to teaching resources, key guidance with briefings, training and support from subject experts. A separate username and password is required to access this database both on and off campus - please contact the library for details.
    Siren Films logo, Siren Films Siren Films is the UK's leading creators of educational videos for early years professionals. Collections include child development, effective learning, environment and materials, play, teaching and support, and theories and approaches. Short courses of grouped materials are also available. 
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    Social Care Online The UK's most complete range of information and research on all aspects of social care including families, children, young people, government and social policy, mental health and mental health care, people, groups and communities (including older people and black and minority ethnic people), physical and learning disabilities, social care, social work and social workers
    taylor_francis, taylor francis logo Taylor and Francis Online Multidisciplinary eresource with full text access to journals and reference books.


    Individual Journal Titles

    Browse or search inside key journal titles for your subject below. For a full range of titles check our A-Z of journals via Journals Search.

    dl_journals, cartoon of an orange journal Child Development Flagship journal for the Society for Research in Child Development. This journal promotes multidisciplinary research to aid the exchange of information between scientist and other professionals
    Early Childhood Education Peer reviewed international journal that analyses issues, trends, policies and practices in relation to working with young children (birth to 8 years).
    Early Education and Development Professional journal with a focus on the possible links between early childhood education and children's development. 
    Education 3-13 This professional journal offers insight into the role of education in early years and primary settings.
    European Early Childhood Education Research Journal One of the most prestigious early childhood journals. Peer rreviewed and scholarly with a focus on research in application
    International Journal of Early Childhood The International Journal of Early Childhood (IJEC) provides an important voice for research with young children and children’s early education and care, across various social and cultural contexts, with a focus on children aged from birth to 8 years.
    International Journal of Early Childhood Education Research This peer reviewed journal focuses on early childhood education research, policy developments and good practice. An open access journal.
    International Journal of Early Childhood Special Education Open access peer reviewed journal offering scholarly articles on various issues of young children with special needs (0-8 age) and their families.
    Journal of Early Childhood Research Peer reviewed journal that provides an international forum for childhood research, bridging cross-disciplinary areas and applying theory and research within the professional community.
    Voices of Practitioners: Teacher Research in Early Childhood Education

    Peer reviewed teacher research in Early Education. Providing a critical perspective on teachers role in children’s development and learning.

  • Web links for your subject

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    dl_websites, orange cartoon of globe with computer mouse hovering over it  British Association for Early Childhood Education Offering professional development, publications, resources and news.

    Early Years Foundation Stage Profiles

    Guidance about the EYFS profile and reporting requirements for under fives for use by schools, nurseries, childminders, and local authorities.

    Early Years Foundation Stage. Updates to Statutory Frameworks.

    The EYFS sets standards for learning and development from birth to five years. Check here for updates.EYFS Statutory Framework | From pregnancy to children aged 5

    Early Years Foundation Stage Handbook 2019

     This handbook supports EYFS practitioners in making accurate judgements about each child's attainment.

    Foundation Years

    UK focused advice for practitioners and parents with a focus on the Early Years Foundation Stage. Explore the resources section for national strategies and subject specific support

    National Association for the Education of Young Children

    Resources to support effective teaching and learning for children. 
  • Classroom resources

    Our libraries stock a range of resources for you to use on when in the classroom or working with children. This is known as the Teaching Practice Collection. These books, big books, kits and equipment are also useful when considering how to make your own resources for your assignments. You may borrow up to 30 items from this collection. If you are going on placement for more than four weeks, you can register for extended placement loans. You are also encouraged to suggest ideas to add to this collection using the Get More Books scheme.

    To explore the range of stock in the Teaching Practice Collection, run an OneSearch Books+ search.  You can tweak your results using the facets on the right-hand side of the screen; Teaching Practice should appear in the middle of your list of options. We would also recommend browsing the shelves; this is a good way to explore the collection.

  • Final year students

    In your final year, you may undertake a larger project and need to research a topic in more depth. It is good practice to search OneSearch, then to undertake the same search on the subject specific eresources recommended on this page too. It is a good idea to search more widely on the web, for this, we would suggest using Google Scholar.

    If you have found a source that we don’t have access to in the library, please use our Get More Books recommendation form to suggest we buy a copy. We may also be able to source a journal article or out of print item via inter-library loan.

    Finally, if you are struggling to find the right sources for your work, visit our finding information page for advice on successful search strategies. Alternatively, book an appointment with one of the Skills@Cumbria team.

  • Getting help

    Help and AdviceLink
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    If you are experiencing any problems accessing eresources, check our troubleshooting guide for advice.

    Accessing Online Resources
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    If you are experiencing problems logging into a resource, try resetting your university password using the MFA Password Reset Tool.

    If the problem persists, please contact the IT Service Desk (

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