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There are a number of open source repositories and databases that offer access to journal articles, books and theses.

Cadair - Cadair is the institutional repository for Aberystwyth University. It includes metadata about research outputs and where possible, full-text attachments that can be downloaded anytime, anywhere, by anyone.

Cardiff Metropolitan Research Repository (DSpace) - DSpace is the institutional repository of Cardiff Metropolitan University and provides access to all of the University’s research and other scholarly output.

Cronfa - Cronfa is the institutional repository of Swansea University.

Directory of Open Access Books - DOAB increases the discoverability of Open Access books.

Directory of Open Access Journals - DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals.

ERIC Institute of Education Services - ERIC is an online library of education research and information, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

Masters in Educational Practice Research Library - This is a searchable collection of teacher-led, classroom research projects conducted as part of the Masters in Educational Practice (MEP).

Monash University Research Repository - The repository and specifically the Faculty of Education papers collection is an open access digital archive of downloadable research publications.

OAPEN Library - The OAPEN Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of humanities and social science.

Open Book Publishers - OBP publish high-quality, open access academic research in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

OpenDOAR - Open DOAR is a directory of academic open access repositories

ORCA - ORCA is a digital repository of Cardiff University's research outputs. The full text of publications is made freely available where possible.

ORO – Open Research Online (ORO) is the Open University repository which contains over 30,000 research outputs.

Springer Open - Springer Open offers researchers from all areas of science, technology, medicine, the humanities and social sciences a place to publish open access in journals and books.

The Learning Exchange – EWC-hosted site provides practitioners with access to a searchable database of regional, national and international learning opportunities for the STEM, ICT and Computing subjects.

Wiley Open - Wiley Open Access is a programme of fully open access journals.

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EBSCO - online access to education journals

As an Education Workforce Council registrant, you have free access to the EBSCO Education Source package via your Professional Learning Passport (PLP). EBSCO provides you with access to research and publications which you can use to enhance and inform your professional learning and practice.

The EBSCO Education Source package includes:

Education Source

The world's largest and most complete collection of full-text education journals, this database provides scholarly research and information to meet the needs of education students, professionals, and policy makers. It covers all levels of education — from early childhood to higher education — as well as all educational specialties such as multilingual education and assessment.

EBook Education Collection

This collection features more than 3,300 quality e-books supporting the education discipline. Titles range from introductory texts to more complex and detailed works. Also included are support materials for those working in education from the Foundation Phase to post 16 and work-based learning and informal education, covering topics from curriculum building to student behaviour.

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