Guide for new education students
The library is housed within Fountains. There is a range of
'physical' resources available, including books, journals, DVDs and
Finding your way around
Check out the virtual tour to get
used to the layout of the learning centre.
Resources are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal
Classification system. You will find most education books and
journals in the number range 370-379, but it is better to locate
them accurately using the library catalogue, as useful titles may
be found in other areas (e.g. Child Development or Management).
Other useful collections
You will find items in the
David Hope RE Centre on the catalogue
(location RE Centre). This is a separate collection, designed to
support anyone involved with religious education. It incorporates a
range of resources, including Artefact Kits; themed, bookable and
borrowable collections of artefacts from various religions. It is
on the second floor of Fountains.
The School Library is located on the first
floor of Fountains and all of the items in the collection can
be found on the library catalogue. It is designed to support
students on school experience and contains various children's
books, textbooks and other resources, such as big book packs.
Languages Resource Centre houses materials for the
teaching and learning of modern foreign languages. It is on the
second floor of Fountains and all material within it is listed
on the library catalogue.
The library provides access to many electronic education
resources. Some of these mirror the print resources, others are
only available electronically.
Education subject area
The library website contains an area devoted to Education. Here you will find information
tailored to your subject, including; links to databases of journal
articles and conference papers; links to key, reliable websites;
links to education resources provided by other agencies (e.g.
Governmental documents); links to the key journals in your subject
area at York St John.
Use the Library
Catalogue to search for and locate items in the learning
centre, search for eBooks and some journal articles and manage
your library account (e.g. check which books are due and renew
Use the Library
Catalogue or the Electronic
Journals by Title to determine whether York St John has access
to a particular title electronically. It is a database containing
all of the title information and links to all of the electronic
journals to which we subscribe, as well as those which are freely
If you need to search for journal articles or conference papers
on a specific topic within Education, the best resources to use are
bibliographic databases. The library website contains a full listing of all
available databases, covering all subjects. You will also find
help documents to guide you through the process of searching on
Help and advice
Advice on how to use any of the resources in Fountains, or
provided via the library website, is available throughout your
course and via a number of routes.
Your academic support librarian
Every degree programme has a dedicated librarian. For the
Education programmes, your librarian is Clare McCluskey. She is
available for one-to-one support and advice, via email or
face-to-face. To book an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The library has a service dedicated to answering queries. You
can ask for advice on anything from finding a book on the shelf to
creating an advanced search strategy for your dissertation.
service in person, via email or on the telephone.
Information skills sessions
You will receive workshops from your subject librarian on
searching for information and resources as part of your degree
programme, tailored to the assignments you are set.