Subject Guides include information on subject specific web resources, ebooks, ejournals and helpful classification numbers. Digital and Information Literacy Skills Sessions can be arranged for groups or individuals. If you would like additional help please use our booking form to arrange a session. 

Print books and ebooks are available through the LLR (Library and Learning Resources). The main collection of Early Years print books is located at the Carmarthen campus. Please use our catalogue, to locate relevant items.

If you know the author or title of an e-book, the easiest way to access it would be through the catalogue.  To search for information on a subject, access one of the ebook collections below. Many of our e-resources require you to login using your university IT account.  A full list of e-book packages is also available.

Dawsonera E-Books

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A general collection of e-books covering a wide range of subjects

EBSCO E-book Collection (NetLibrary)

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A general collection of e-books covering a wide range of subjects

 Taylor and Francis E-Book Library

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A collection of psychology books.

A database is an index to journals and sometimes to books and reports. Some provide provide full-text e.g. a journal article; others provide abstracts and references. This is a list of those most relevant to Early Years studies. A full list of E-resources is also available.

Many of our e-resources require you to login using your university IT account. Please see All Resources  for additional help logging in.

Academic Search Premier

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This EBSCO database allows the researcher to search over 13,600 journals. Full text articles are available from over 4,700 journals within the field of education, many of them relating to the field of Early Years studies.

British Education Index

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The BEI provides bibliographic references to information on research policy and practice within education and training in the UK. 

Education Source

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This EBSCO database incorporates Education Research Complete. It contains full text articles from 1,800 journals and over 550 ebooks within the field of education, many of them directly relating to the field of Early Years studies.


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American based equivalent of the BEI


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PsycARTICLES is a psychology database of full-text articles from journals published by the American Psychological Association, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association, and Hogrefe Publishing Group.


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Free access for UK HE and FE to the British Library Electronic Table of Contents database of over 20,000 current journal titles.

The British Association for Early Childhood Education

This is the web site of the leading national voluntary organization for early years practitioners and parents with members and branches in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

Early childhood counts

The consultative group on early childhood care and development.

Early Years Experience

This web site aims to share information and resources for young children. 

Early Years National Literacy Trust

The section of National Literacy Trusts web site relating to Early Years.


A charitable organization which promotes the HighScope Approach to child development and is based on over 40 years of research. This is part of Early Years - the organisation which is based in Northern Ireland

Mudiad Ysgolion Meithrin

Welsh medium education for the under fives.

National Children’s Bureau

An umbrella body for the children’s sector in England and Northern Ireland, which provides essential information on policy, research and best practice.

National Portage Association

Portage is a home-visiting educational service for pre-school children with additional support needs and their families.

Nursery World

The website for the journal Nursery World.

Play Wales

The national organisation for children’s play.

Sure Start

Information on the government web site to support the Sure Start programme.


Information and advice on raising children bilingually.

Wales pre-school playgroups association 

A bilingual site for the PPA which exists to enhance the development, care and education of pre-school children in Wales, by encouraging parents to understand and provide for their children’s needs and to give adults confidence to make the best use of their knowledge and resources, for the benefit of themselves and pre-school children.

Material in the Library is arranged by subject using a classification scheme. These are the numbers you see on the spines of the books. The letters following the number are usually the first three letters of the authors surname but may be the start of the title. Below are some examples to get you started. You can also use Worldcat local to search for specific titles and subjects.

155.4 Child Psychology
155.418 Psychology of Play
155.422 Infant psychology
155.423 Children aged 3 to 5
305.231 Child development
362.7 Social and legal services for the young
362.712 Day care services
370 Education
371 Schools and their activities
371.384 Forest Schools
371.90472  Special education, Social inclusion for the early years
372 Primary schools
372.21 Pre-school education
372.216 Nursery schools
372.241 Infant schools
375 Curricula
379 Public policy issues in education
613.0432 Promotion of health 0-11