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These pages (below) contain information specific to your subject area. You will find links to general information on the left hand side of the screen. .

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Books & E-books

What books are available in the library?

To find out what books are in the library (print and electronic) relating to your programme of study or a particular research topic, use the Library Catalogue to search for a book by its title or author(s), or simply perform a search on a topic to see what’s available. 

Where are the books in the library?

The majority of books are shelved on the second and third floors of St Patrick’s Library. Books relating specifically to education are housed on the second floor. They are placed on the shelves using the Dewey Decimal Classification System which arranges them according to their specific subject.  So for example, here’s the shelf number for two of the books shown above. (Note, they end in the first three letters of the author or first author where there are multiple authors). 

     Doing Research in Education: theory and practice                       Shelved at: 370.72/PAL
                        Using Social Media in the Classroom: a best practice guide             Shelved at: 371.3346754/POO  

Reserve Collection

Some high demand books are placed in the Reserve Collection on the first floor to maximise access for students. Reserve items can only be borrowed for 3 hours at a time.  When you search the catalogue, it will indicate if an item is in the Reserve Collection. 


When you search the Library Catalogue, and you find the book you want is available as a E-book, a link will be provided to the E-book. You will be prompted to enter your student login details to access the book.
Here’s a screen image from the Catalogue for the E-book ‘Educating for Sustainabilty’. You can then browse through the contents of the book and read sections online.

Tip: You can do a topic search in the Library Catalogue and when the results display, select E-books from the refine options on the left hand side of the screen (if available).  



The Library provides access to thousands of scholarly journals. Some titles are available in print and housed on the ground floor of St Patrick’s Library. The majority of our journal titles are available online.

What journals are available to staff and students?

The A-Z of journals provides a complete listing of all our print and e-journals. To search for a particular journal article that appears on your reading list for example,  you enter the Journal Title (not the article title!) in the search box.

When you want to search for journal articles on a particular topic, you use the library databases. Click on the tab above to see a list of recommended databases.



Essential databases for discovering the educational scholarly literature

ERIC International   

ERIC International consists of two abstract databases which can be searched together or separately:

  • The Australian Education Index is Australia's largest source of education information. Its sources include reports, books, journal articles, online resources, conference papers, book chapters and theses. Coverage: 1977 to date.
  • ERIC (the US Educational Resources Information Center) is the world's largest education database, indexing over 650 journals, as well as grey literature. Publication types include journal articles, books, research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports and policy papers. Coverage: 1966 to date.

 Help: for more information about using ERIC, its contents and search tips view the Proquest platform guide

British Education Index
The British Education Index 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. Coverage: 1974 to date
E-tutorials :  Basic Searching |  Advanced Searching |  Creating Journal Alerts |  Creating Search Alerts

Education Research Complete 
Formerly Professional Development Collection. Education Research Complete is a bibliographic and full text database covering scholarly research and information relating to all areas of education. Topics covered include all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing. Education Research Complete also covers areas of curriculum instruction as well as administration, policy, funding, and related social issues. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 1,500 journals, as well as full- text for more than 750 journals. This database also includes full text for more than 80 books and full text for numerous education-related conference papers.
E-tutorials :  Basic Searching |  Advanced Searching |  Creating Journal Alerts |  Creating Search Alerts

PsycINFO contains nearly two million citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, all in the field of psychology. It also includes information about the psychological aspects of related disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, business and law.

E-tutorials :  Basic Searching |  Advanced Searching |  Creating Journal Alerts |  Creating Search Alerts

Multi-disciplinary Citation Databases

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature (journals, books and conference proceedings). Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.          E-tutorials:  Getting started


Irish and International Newspapers

Nexis UK
As well as providing access to company, financial and market information, Nexis UK is a powerful tool for searching national and international newspapers.
E-tutorial   searching for news content

Irish Newspapers Archives  
A database of digitised Irish national, regional and historical newspapers from the 1700s onwards.
E-tutorials:  Searching the archive

Irish Times (1995 to date)

Irish Times Digital Archive
The Irish Times Digital archive is a searchable full-text reproduction of all editions published by the Irish Times. Coverage: 1859 to 2011 


Statisical Sources

OECD iLibrary
OECD iLibrary is the online library of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) featuring its books, papers and statistics.

Statistics and statistical reports from the Department of Education
The DoE provides access to key educational statistics, national and international reports, their education statistical database and more.

Central Statistics Office
The CSO website is an excellent resource for social and economic statistical data and reports relating to Ireland. Their databases page also provides links to statistical databases from international organisations such as Eurostat, ECB and the OECD.

Irish Social Science Data Archive
The ISSDA holds a range of key Irish and international comparative datasets, and makes them available for secondary analysis by students, academics, and researchers in the public and commercial sectors. 

Primary Teaching 


Teaching Collection: held on the first floor of St. Patrick's library. View Guide 

Teaching Topics:  Guides are intended as aids to teachers, highlighting available resources around a particular theme or topic.