Sometimes it can be really helpful to go outside of purely "education" databases.
PsycINFO is a psychology database. It can be really useful for topics such as child development, motivation and mental health. All 3 Universities at Medway have access to this database.
The goal of the Open Access initiative is to make academic research freely and widely available, thereby improving the quality and frequency of future discoveries whilst enhancing your own impact and citation rate.
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Databases are structured, subject-specific tools for searching for information (generally journal articles, but can include other information sources).
If you are doing an in-depth search, it is better to use these rather than LibrarySearch or a general internet search engine. They can search through high-quality information more effectively.
Some databases can be accessed free on the web. Others are paid for by your University.
Each university maintains a list of databases which can be accessed by students and staff. The links on these pages are checked and updated regularly.
Provides a comprehensive index to current literature relevant to Australian education, from 1979 onwards. Click to access (CCCU)
Provides information on research, policy and practice in education and training in the UK. Strengths include aspects of educational policy and administration, evaluation and assessment, technology and special educational needs. It covers all aspects of education from preschool to higher education. Sources include education and training journals, mostly published in the UK. Some international literature is included.
Click to access (CCCU)
Click here to access (Kent)
A database for policy, legislation and related material (e.g. statistics and research reports) relating to children and families in the UK and Ireland. It does not search for journal articles, but for official sources of information. Click to access (CCCU)
Summaries of research in the field of higher education from the last 10 years or so. Some features require free registration..
Click to access (free online)
While these tools are not databases as such, they do provide access to other types of information which you may find useful: