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Education Related Sites

The research informed practice site (TRIPS)
This site offers access to research findings for teachers, governors, parents and all those who support them in the education of school age students. Grouped under themes such as Assessment and Gender, this site provides digests of research.

Research of the month (RoM)
This website presents a series of topics, geared towards the interests of teachers. For each topic, a team from the Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE) has appraised, selected and summarised one or more published research studies and presented teacher case studies to illustrate the findings. Each RoM is presented and structured according to a series of questions, which are designed to bring out the messages for teachers.

CERUK is a free internet database, sponsored by NFER, DfES and the EPPI-Centre (The Evidence for Policy and Practice Information Coordinating Centre), which aims to include all recently completed and ongoing post-graduate or equivalent educational research in the United Kingdom

EMIE at NFER supports the exchange of information between local authorities on issues concerning education and children's services, encourages the sharing of expertise and effective practice. The site includes a research update page which disseminates findings of recent research projects which have relevance for the management of local authority education and children's services.

On the web
Ontheweb is a monthly current awareness service, produced by the National Foundation for educational research library. It highlights recent reports, publications and useful documents from prominent educational research and Children's Services related websites which are available to download or view without payment.

Educational Evidence Portal
The Educational Evidence Portal Project is run by a consortium of bodies. The consortium was originally coordinated by the National Educational Research Forum (NERF) as part of its investigation into ways of improving access to high quality educational research. Since 2006, this role has been taken on by CfBT Education Trust. The portal helps find educational evidence from a range of sources using a single search. It is designed for both professional and lay people interested in education

EPPI- Centre
The Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre) is part of the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London. The website includes an online evidence library containing systematic reviews of research evidence across a range of topics. The centre also develops and maintains databases of other research evidence, including primary research and evidence reviews, many of which have been used in EPPI-Centre systematic reviews.

Centre for the use of research and evidence in education
CUREE works to support and develop effective use of research and evidence in education in order to improve practice and policy and to help raise standards. The website includes access to the evidence bulletin for the National Education Research Forum (NERF). This involves sourcing, testing, appraising and digesting research from a range of areas across the educational spectrum and presenting the findings in ways which will enable practitioners to engage with the evidence.

British Education Internet Resource Catalogue
The British Education Internet Resource Catalogue is designed to help people with a professional or scholarly interest in education or training to identify useful internet resources. The Catalogue provides descriptions and hyperlinks for evaluated internet resources within an indexed database. The primary audience comprises researchers, teachers and students in the field of education in the higher and further education sectors of the United Kingdom

The educational resources information centre (ERIC)
ERIC provides free access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials and, if available, includes links to full text. ERIC is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences.

Social Related Sites

Social Science Research Network
The SSRN is composed of a number of specialised research networks to encourage the early distribution of research results. Their eLibrary contains abstracts of over 114,000 papers and over 86,000 full text documents (as well as a number of fee based publications).

ESRC Society Today
ESRC Society Today is a research tool produced by the Economic and Social Research Council. The website aims to bring together information about ESRC funded research and its outputs, with a variety of other data sources.

Evidence Network
This is the website of the ESRC’s UK Centre for Evidence Based Policy and Practice (EBPP). The site aims to be a national focus point for EBPP and includes a reference bibliography, links to some databases and gateways in the social sciences, downloadable working papers on EBPP and information about their journal Evidence and Policy.

Social Care online
Social Care Online is a free database of social care information, covering areas such as Benefits and personal finance; Criminal justice, law and rights; Education, training and employment; Government and social policy; Health and health care; Housing and environment; Social work and social workers. Content is drawn from a range of sources including research briefings, reports, government documents, journal articles, and websites.

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
IBSS is one of the largest social science databases in the world with coverage dating from 1951 onwards.

General/Other Sites

National Statistics Online
The website offers summaries, reports and detailed data on Britain’s economy, population and society at national and local level.

Research in practice
Research in practice is a children and families research implementation project which aims to promote positive outcomes for children and families through the use of research evidence. The websites includes Research and Policy Updates which are intended to help agencies keep up to date with national research and policy developments. The RPU will be useful for anyone working in children and family service agencies and Children’s Trusts in local authorities and voluntary organizations. The EvidenceBank is a database of research reviews with content that relates to the Every Child Matters agenda

ChildData is the National Children’s Bureau database. It gives access to the Library’s four databases covering policy, legislation, practice and research, from current thinking to background and historical work; together with information about national and international child care organisations; press coverage of issues affecting children and young people; and details of all the major child care conferences and events.

This is an international database containing citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, book and technical reports, as well as citations to dissertations in the field of psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines, such as medicine, sociology and education.