The Institute of Education Library (Newsam Library and Archives), University of London, covers all aspects of UK and international education and houses the largest collection of materials on education in the United Kingdom. Even though you may not be able to visit the library physically, the online library catalogue can help to pinpoint books or journals that you may be able to find in your own library or educational institution.
The Institute of Education Library catalogue includes:
- Main collection (books, reports, official publications)
- Journal titles (not specific articles)
- Curriculum Resources (multimedia, all subjects, early years to post-16)
- Basic skills teaching materials (multimedia, primary to adult)
- Official Publications
- Institute theses and dissertations
- Electronic sources
- Special collections
- Historical collections
For a 'Quick search', type your search term(s) and click on the search type: Author, Title, Subject, Series, Journal title or Search everything. Use ‘or' to increase your results, use ‘and' to decrease results and use brackets () to separate and combine terms. For example, the search string, ‘gender or boys or girls', will bring up thousands of items on the catalogue whereas ‘gender and girls and boys' will bring up only records containing all three terms in each record - less than 30. If you have a lot of search terms in mind, try brackets to pick up different terms and to reduce the number of searches, i.e. (gender or girls or boys) and (attainment or achievement).
'Full search' and 'Other search options' are useful for fine-tuning your search by collection, date or material type. For example, if you are looking for ideas for research papers, limit to Dissertations or Theses. Electronic Documents is another option with many links available to all, but access to most electronic books and journals is limited to Institute staff and students. For popular topics like the National Curriculum, try 'Pre-selected searches' and for more tips on searching educational sources, go to Library Catalogue. A separate catalogue of archives can be searched at Institute of Education Archives Catalogue.
With over 300,000 volumes and holdings of a few thousand journal titles, the Institute of Education library catalogue holds a huge range of educational resources that can help to open up as well as focus your education searches.
Information provided by: Barbara Sakarya