Information & Library Services. Australian Education Index, British Education Index and ERIC. Sally Giffen August 2006. Dialog DataStar hosts: AEI: contains more than 130,000 documents relating to educational research, policy and practice.
Australian Education Index, British Education IndexandERIC
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