IOE Writing Centre


Using the Library

Library shelves

Searching for information is a vital part of the writing process, along with information management. The Newsam Library at the UCL Institute of Education has a huge collection of resources, as well as a world class team of professional staff who are there to help you. We recommend that you make the most of these services.

UCL Library

The UCL Library provides training and support for your library skills and information literacy development on the page LibrarySkills@UCL. We have listed some resources below to help you with searching for information via the UCL Library or other tools. 

Using the library

Search skills

  • Before you explore various academic databases for literature, you may want to consider your module reading list. This video from the UCL Library introduces ReadingLists@UCL and demonstrates what the tool offers. 
  • We recommend that you plan your search in advance. The UCL Library have made a video which may help you with defining your topic and keywords. 
  • The UCL Library have provided search strategies for literature searching. We recommend that you watch this video if you are unsure of where to find appropriate literature for your assignment
  • Library Subject Guides are a helpful starting point for identifying library collections and resources to support your discipline of study.
  • You might want to search through academic databases or other search engines. The UCL Library have made videos to introduce database searching in UCL Explore and Google Scholar. On UCL Mediacentral, you will find many additional videos discussing database searching with specific databases such as EBSCO, Proquest and Scopus. 

Further resources

  • IT for IOE provides IT support for IOE students.

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