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Guide to Early Childhood Education and Care: Books, E-books and Reference

Our guide to ECEC - helping you make the most of the library

Finding books and e-books

Your first stop to find books and e-books is our library catalogue.

The catalogue will tell you:

  • whether we have an e-book or a print book
  • where you can find a print book on our shelves using the shelfmark
  • how many copies we have and - if they’re out on loan - when they’re due back

To only see e-books in your search results, choose ‘Refine your search options’ (may display as + on some devices) then choose ‘Internet’ under ‘Library Location’.

When you’re connecting to an e-book you may need to log into OpenAthens before you can open it.

Using reference sources

Encyclopaedias, dictionaries, handbooks and other reference sources can help you find your way into your assignment reading or research. They're also great if you need a quick definition or an overview of a subject.

Printed reference sources

Many of these sources are in our Reference section on level 1 of the library.

Online reference sources

Links and search boxes for our key online reference sources are available below. If you are not on campus, you may need to sign in to OpenAthens to use these resources.

Shelf locations for ECEC

Early years education and care 372.21
Child development 305.231
Child development - psychological, cognitive, social 155.4
Child development - physical 612.65
Children and society 362.7
Early Childhood Research 372.21072
Emotional difficulties of school children  371.94
Leadership and management 372.12011
Multicultural and bilingual children 371.97
Outdoor education 372.1384
Psychology - general 150
Psychology - education 370.15
Reflective practice 372.21
School children guidance and counselling 371.4
Sociology - education 370.19
Special needs and advocacy 371.9
Study skills 378.17
Theories of early childhood education 372.2101

Recommended Early Years e-book