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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.
    campbell_collaboration, campbell collaboration logo Campbell Collaboration A range of systematic reviews in Education, Criminal Justice and Social Welfare. Good quality peer-reviewed content.
    education_source, education source logo Education Source

    This claims 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

    espresso_education, espresso education logo Espresso Education Classroom resource. Use Espresso to find exciting and challenging teaching resources and embed them effectively into lessons. This covers all year groups and subjects, plus whole-school initiatives such as SEAL and Healthy Schools. A separate username and password is required to access this database both on and off campus - please contact the library for details.
    international_childrens_library, international childrens library logo International Children's Digital Library A digital library of outstanding children's books from around the world. The aim of the collection is to help children understand the world around them. Books are presented in their original language and illustrate the similarities and differences people may experience around the world. 
    jstor, jstor logo JSTOR Access to 12 million academic journal articles, books and primary sources across many subject areas. The social 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. 
    taylor_francis, taylor francis logo Taylor and Francis Journals Online Multidisciplinary eresource with full text access to journals and reference books.
    teacher_reference_center, teacher reference center logo  Teacher Reference Indexing and abstract database for more than 270 teacher and administrator journals. Covering Primary, secondary and higher education. Limited full text coverage.

    Open Access Resources

    A range of freely available open access resources for your subject area are listed on our Open Access Resources pages. 

    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 British Journal of Special Education Journal from the National Association for Special Educational Needs. This title covers the whole range of learning difficulties relating to children in mainstream and special schools
    Early Years Educator Expert guidance for early years professionals, working with children from birth to five years old.
    Education 3-13 This professional journal offers insight into the role of education in early years and primary settings.
    English Journal The National Council of English Teachers award-winning journal, focused on junior, middle and senior schools.
    Geography Teacher Peer reviewed journal from the National Council for Geographic Education.
    Mathematics Teaching Professional journal from the Association of Teachers of Mathematics, offering practical insight into teaching from the Foundation Stage to Higher Education.
    Nursery World Latest news, research and opinion plus best practice and management advice from the top experts in the early years sector.
    Teaching History Peer reviewed journal from the Historical Association of Great Britain covering primary, secondary and Higher Education.
    The TES magazine A weekly UK magazine for education professionals.  You will need to create a profile using your University of Cumbria email address.
  • Web links for your subject

    Web LinkDescription
    dl_websites, orange cartoon of globe with computer mouse hovering over it  The Department for Education The UK government offical website, includes statutory guidance.
    Development Matters Non-statutory curriculum guidance for the early years foundation stage.
    Early Education The British Association for Early Childhood Education, including links to Birth to 5 Matters.

    Education in England

    Includes timeline and links to the full text of education reports.

    EYFS Framework

    The standards that school and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5.

    The central hub for all UK government services and information. Select the education area or search for your topic.

    ITT Core Content Framework

    A framework to support trainee teacher development, designed with an expert advisory group.

    National Association for Special Educational Needs

    The National Association for Special Educational Needs (nasen) – a charitable membership organisation that exists to support and champion those working with, and for, children and young people with SEND and learning differences.

    National Curriculum

    This is the current curriculum, since September 2014

    Office of National Statistics

    Data from the United Kingdom relating to early years, primary and secondary school, college, higher education and adult learning. 

    SEND Gateway

    The SEND gateway - hosted by nasen - is an online portal offering education professionals free, easy access to high quality information, resources and training for meeting the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).


    A range of offical statistics and statistical databases. 

    The next section offers links to a number of educational resources that may be useful in the classroom.

    Assemblies for All

    Over 200 assemblies covering 30 themes. Non-religious content. 

    BBC Schools

    A wide range of primary resources organised by educational level and country specific.

    My Hero is You

    A storybook for children on Covid 19. This downloadable resource was created by mental health practitioners and based on survey results from children affected by the pandemic. The book is available in multiple languages. 

    Free Home Education Resources

    A collection of free online resources for home education. Made available by the government during the Covid 19 schools' closure.


    A range of free to use primary lesson plans.


    A range of free items including games and whiteboard resources.


  • 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 towards the bottom 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 (

    MFA Password Reset 
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