SAFER Research Journey

UCL has welcomed students with a list of 11 Things to start your UCL Journey. Fittingly, one of these 11 ‘things’ is getting to know the library.

We realise in the library that the journey of research can be a long and winding road: sometimes exhilarating, surprising and frequently frightening. As Dewey writes (1933), full of ‘troublesome knowledge’.

In the IOE Library, we provide a number of guides to help along the way—over 100 IOE LibGuides—all freely available online covering the digital library, library collections, archives, services and a lot of ‘how to’ advice.

After all the changes in the library this summer, we’re promoting the SAFER route to research that covers the basics of: searching, accessing, finding, evaluating and referencing. If you want the short path, try out the SAFER LibQuiz that reviews all five guides at once.


Another bit of help is IOE LibAnswers, a searchable database of previously asked questions and an enquiry service via email, phone, text or LibChat.

In addition to our online guides and enquiry service, we‘re here in person to help on your research journey. Whether you’re completely lost or just looking for a new direction for searching, stop in at our Help Point.  Our opening hours are here on IOE LibGuides.

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