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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.
    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 at for details.
    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 of 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 at 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.


    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.
    Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs (JORSEN) An international peer-reviewed journal from the National Association for Special Educational Needs. 
    Support for Learning This journal from the National Association for Special Educational Needs shares practice and theory relating to the education of pupils with special educational needs in mainstream schools. 
    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 publication 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.

    National Association for Special Educational Needs 

    nasen (National Association of Special Educational Needs) is a charity organisation who have been operating since 1992.  Working with dedicated education professionals, nasen aims to ensure that practice for special and additional needs is both effective and current.

    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).

    I-CAN children's communication charity

    I-CAN is the children's communication charity, supporting practitioners to deliver evidence-informed interventions to support children and young people with SLCN.

    Changing Faces

    The Uk's leading charity supporting the visible difference community.

    Contact charity

    The charity for families with disabled children.

    National Autistic Society

    The UK's leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families.

    National Deaf Children's Society

    The leading charity for deaf children and young people. 


    The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), one of the UK’s leading sight loss charities and the largest community of blind and partially sighted people.


    The disability equality charity in England and Wales.

    Council for Disabled Children

    We are the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector bringing together professionals, practitioners and policy-makers.

    ELSA Support

    Supporting social and emotional learning.

    Education in England

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

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

    National Children's Bureau

    Working to ensure children are safe, secure and supported. 

    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 Code of Practice

    Guidance on the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25, from 1 September 2014.

    The Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014

    These Regulations supplement the procedural framework assessing a child or young person with special educational needs, and the procedure for making, reviewing, amending and ceasing to maintain an EHC plan, set out in Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014.

    Children and Families Act 2014

    An Act to make provision about children, families, and people with special educational needs or disabilities.

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

    BBC Schools

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


    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 (

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