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British Education Index (EBSCO) Quick Start Guide: Welcome


British Education Index covers all aspects of educational policy and administration, evaluation and assessment, technology and special educational needs, searchable by educational level and age group. 

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Available from the library web site:

  • and choose ATU Sligo
  • Databases A-Z
  • Choose British Education Index (EBSCO) from the list

You may need to enter your ATU Sligo user name and password:

Students: and ATU Sligo Password 

Staff: and ATU Sligo Password 


On the search screen, enter the term  problem-based learning  
(The system automatically provides you with a series of similar terms from which you may choose.  To ignore the suggestions and retain the word(s) you entered, Click the cursor in a blank portion of the screen) 

The Search Options allow you to use a number of different search modes.  For example:   
Boolean/Phrase                                 problem based learning AND teaching practices  
Find all my search terms                   digital story telling efl english as a foreign language 
Find any of my search terms               digital story telling teaching practices  
Smart text searching                                    
This allows you to type a sentence or more and the database will interpret it for you.  For example, “Is problem based learning appropriate for students with special educational needs?” 

Another option available when searching is to use a wild card *.  For example, searching divers* will retrieve results including diversification, diversity, diverse etc. 

Note: An important option is PDF Full Text.  This will limit the results of your search to those items which include a pdf of the full text of the article.  

When you have entered your search terms and selected your options, ClickSearch 
Your results are displayed. To ensure most recent items display at the top of the list, Click the drop down menu at Relevance at the top of the list and choose Date Newest.  

When viewing a list of articles a number of options are shown at the left of the screen to narrow your results:  For example: 
●    Peer Reviewed will limit your results to material of an academic nature. 
●    You can also limit your results by Publication Date

To view an individual item, Click on the title or the HTML or PDF link. 

Combining Search Terms


Click Advanced Search just under the search box.  This brings you to a search screen which provides you with a series of boxes allowing you to create a more complex search.  For example, you could specify that all your search terms should appear in the titles of articles, or, you could search the subject headings assigned to articles.  (Note: Clicking Clear removes previous terms from the search boxes)

Example 1


Example 2


British Education Index has many other features which you can explore as you become more familiar with the database.  

Extra Help

You should use the various help features available in the databases.  Check out the ? icon at each stage of the search or click Help at the top of each screen.