access to information

Social Science Open Access Repository

Collection of freely available full-text social-science documents.

ChildTrauma Academy

Library of articles for caregivers and professionals, as well as educational resources on the subjects of abuse and neglect, attachment, brain development and neuroscience, child development and early childhood, trauma and PTSD, violence and public health and secondary trauma. Authors have provided these materials to help promote the health and welfare of children.

Third Sector Knowledge Portal

Digital library and web catalogue, developed by the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) to promote and preserve research and information on the work of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors.

Digital Education Resource Archive (DERA)

A digital archive of all documents published electronically by government and related bodies in the area of education. The IOE library has always collected this material in both print and electronic format. Its aim is the permanent preservation of all electronic publications on education.

BioMed Central

BioMed Central is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher of 220 open access, online, peer-reviewed journals.

All original research articles published by BioMed Central are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication.

How can the web support carers

This guide was commissioned by the Department of Health and produced by Crossroads Care and The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, leading organisations in their respective fields, sharing a vision that carers should be recognised, valued and supported.

Survey of information resources on newborn blood spot screening for parents and health professionals : a systematic review

This systematic review was published by EPPI-Centre in 2005. Systematic reviews aim to find as much as possible of the research relevant to the particular research questions, and use explicit methods to identify what can reliably be said on the basis of these studies.

Better info, better lives

This website has lots of information about the social care services and support available to people with learning disabilities. A guide on how to use this website is also available. Website published by the Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability.

SCIE report 15: using digital media to access information and good practice for paid carers of older people: a feasibility study

This report describes a study commissioned by SCIE and jointly funded with the National Knowledge Service. It was carried out by the University of Brighton to explore the feasibility and the appropriateness of digital technologies to support the work of paid carers in residential care homes for older people. Report published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) in September 2006.

Social media in the social services

The web has revolutionised the way the world uses and shares information yet, despite the growing awareness of the value of social networking and social media, people working in the public sector frequently report that access to web-based services is blocked or that their web browser lacks the required functionality to interact with web-based media. This report builds on existing evidence to argue the case for breaking down the cultural and technology barriers that inhibit the use of social media for managing and sharing knowledge in the workplace.