Education-line provides an internet medium through which authors can present early versions of their work and interested parties can keep abreast of topical issues in educational research.
The focus of Education-line is on texts which are relevant to the study, practice and administration of education at a professional level. Texts are supplied for addition to the collection by their authors, often as a result of presentations made at conferences.
The database marries the strengths of traditional bibliographic discovery tools, like the British Education Index, with automatic, online full text delivery of the documents referenced in the collection. The service allows for the identification of texts on very specific topics or within general fields.
The database, initially a project in the Electronic Libraries Programme, was launched in 1997 and received funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee until January 2000. The British Education Index office is responsible for all aspects of database production including the description of the subject content of literature using terms from the British Education Thesaurus. Texts in the Education-line collection are also indexed in the British Education Index.
Education-line is freely available at: