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How to find the best resources for studying, teaching and researching education.

Effective Web Searching

The amount of information on the Internet is already huge and is growing rapidly all the time. Search engines such as Google can be helpful in some instances but have serious limitations for scholarly research. You will need to plan your searches carefully and precisely to avoid obtaining too many results.

Top tips:

1. Use professional and governmental websites e.g.

Department for Education

National Union of Teachers

OFSTED

2. Use specific Internet portals for education e.g.

TES Teaching Resources

BBC Schools

3. Always make sure you evaluate websites that you use:

Accuracy: can you rely on the information provided on the website?
Authority: who has written the webpages and do they have the necessary knowledge or qualifications to do so?
Currency: are the pages up-to-date and regularly maintained?
Objectivity: Is there any inherent bias in the pages that you need to be aware of?
Coverage: Does the website provide enough information or will you need to look at a range of websites?

Google Searching

***Education on the web: new guide***

Excellent, free toolkit from the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) to help researchers find education-based research on the Internet. Includes:

  • Tips for effective literature searching
  • Finding educational research online
  • Top research sites for teachers
  • Using Web 2.0 for education research

Suitable for undergraduates and taught postgraduates as well as staff and researchers.

DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo

An alternative to Google. Unlike Google and other search engines, DuckDuckGo does not collect or share your personal information.