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If you’re interested in evidence-informed practice, your PLP gives you access to EBSCO, the world’s largest full-text research database for education professionals covering all levels of education and specialities.

EWC registrants have free access to the EBSCO Education Source package and the eBook Education collection. Both resources are constantly expanding and include:

  • nearly 2,000 full-text journals
  • abstracts for more than 3,500 journals
  • more than 530 full-text books
  • over 2,500 full-text and education related conference papers
  • citations for more than 6 million articles, including book reviews

Make sure you sign up to our mailing list (Meddwl Mawr) to hear about recommendations as soon as they’re published.

It takes two simple steps to access EBSCO:

  1. Log in to your PLP. If you’ve not set up your PLP yet you can sign up via MyEWC
  2. Select the EBSCO tile of the dashboard

We have created a step-by-step video on how to log in to EBSCO, and how to use it, on our YouTube channel.

There’s a series of online guides to support you in using EBSCO, including how to search for books and articles, and saving previously searched for articles.

How to use your research library

Watch our former research group discuss why it’s important to be research engaged.

Jeff Cole, Humanities Network Lead for Central South Consortium

Having been a Pioneer working on the Curriculum for Wales 2022, I have become increasingly interested in the research behind the comprehensive educational reforms taking place in Wales. As I have begun to read more widely, discovering the EBSCO education source, available via the EWC’s Professional Learning Passport, has been invaluable to my research!

As a Pioneer, I welcomed the opportunity to attend the national ResearchEd conference in London, where I was inspired by speakers from schools in England who had been appointed to newly created posts as “Heads of Research”. One was from Eton and leads their Centre for Innovation and Research in Learning – one can only dream! But the others were from state schools and the descriptions they gave of their roles resonated with me as Wales is committed to supporting teachers to become research informed, evidence-based practitioners. The speakers recommended various online research banks such as BELMAS, BERA, and the Chartered College of Teaching, which offers EBSCO to its members. However, most of these organisations charge a subscription fee which is unrealistic for state school to meet for every member of staff and which represent a significant investment for individual teachers. I began to lose heart.

At the same time, as meeting the Heads of Research, I began to transition into the role of a PL Pioneer for Welsh Government and as part of this process I was required to embark on formal Professional Enquiry for the first time in my career. My PL mentors from Cardiff Metropolitan University alerted me to the availability of EBSCO through the Professional Learning Passport. They enthused about it, not simply because it is a highly reputable resource but also because it is free to use for all EWC registrants.

As my role has continued to develop EBSCO has become ever more useful and valuable to me. I now lead a cluster of secondary schools in Bridgend as they take their first steps into research as part of the National Professional Enquiry Project. EBSCO was the first recommendation I made to that group, so that they could resource their learning. More recently, I have been appointed to lead a series of research projects on behalf of the Central South Consortium and again I have ensured that all participant researchers are using EBSCO to conduct literature reviews and to build reading lists for colleagues who want to follow in their footsteps..

As part of this role I am also carrying out a Professional Enquiry of my own for CSC. EBSCO is the foundation stone upon which I can build that research. Being able to freely access educational research from across Britain, Europe and the wider world enables me to find a wealth of knowledge on a multitude of issues, synthesise what has been learnt from all over the globe and use it to present new conclusions to colleagues in my region. Without EBSCO the same piece of work would be harder to accomplish and expensive for me and my school.

We might never have a Centre for Innovation and Research in my school, but we do have EBSCO. It’s a tremendous resource and I would highly recommend it to any professional seeking to expand their horizons and improve their practice

Jeff Cole is the Humanities Network Lead at Central South Consortium.

Find out more about how you can get started with your research tool, EBSCO and get started with your Professional Learning Passport.