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Access to resources
Access to resources

If you're interested in evidence-informed practice, your PLP provides you with 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

To access EBSCO in your PLP, click on the ‘help and resources’ option on the dashboard of your PLP.


There are also a number of open source repositories and databases that offer access to journal articles, books and theses. We’ve listed a number of useful sites to help you:

Aberystwyth Research Portal - Aberystwyth Research Portal is the institutional repository of Aberystwyth University.

Cronfa - Cronfa is the institutional repository of Swansea University.

Digital Education Resource Archive (DERA) - DERA is a repository of documents published electronically by government and other organisations in the field of education, training, children and families.

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).

MESH - MESH aims to connect educators with summaries and sources of educational research.

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.

Wales Journal of Education - Open Access, bi-lingual journal publishing local and international research on education policy and practice in Wales, under academic and practitioner strands.

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

Youthworkwales - Youthworkwales is the leading information resource for youth work in wales. The aim of the site is to provide practitioners, students and managers of youth work in Wales with a range of historical and current information which will help develop thinking and practice.

Please note:

  • Research material is generally made available in the language in which it was originally submitted.
  • The Education Workforce Council is not responsible for the content of external links.
  • Every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of the information in these pages, however, things change from time to time. If you discover any out of date links or you know of other links which should be included on this website, please let us know by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.