ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, is a subject specific database that provides access to education literature and resources. The database provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. The database contains more than 1.3 million records and links to more than 323,000 full-text documents dating back to 1966.
As you search in ERIC you will discover that it provides full text and bibliographic information for a wide range of materials from articles to books to conference proceedings and more. The database distinguishes articles from other formats by assigning an ERIC number to each item (in paranthese) which is placed at the end of its citation information in your results list. The number always starts with an EJ to indicate that its an ERIC journal article or ED to indicate that it is an ERIC document. Documents are any format except journal articles. Many of the documents are available online in ERIC, but if the database indicates that it is only available on microfiche the library has the microfiche collection available in the Periodicals Collection, 2nd floor.
The Thesaurus Authority File is an extensive alphabetical list of terms encompassing a wide range of topical subjects. The Thesaurus is arranged in a hierarchy that permits searching various levels of detail from the most general level to more narrow levels to find the most precise concept. Thesaurus entries include 'Use', 'Broader Terms', 'Narrower Terms', and 'Related Terms'.
The authority file provides flexibility in searching. As an alternative to the keyword search mode, the authority file enables the user to search by subject and to combine one or more terms to create more defined searches. Select the Alphabetical option to position the authority file list to the term(s) entered. Select Relevancy Ranked to order search results according to relevance.
You can browse the Thesaurus by clicking on the link in the upper-left corner of the ERIC database screen. This is a great way to find words or phrases to use as your search terms.
Most of our databases, including ERIC, provide limit options that you can use to help narrow your search. Most databases have at least these two limits:
ERIC and many of our other databases provide additional limits you may want to use such as:
Limits unique to ERIC:
ERIC and many of our databases also offer special searching functions which can be really helpful. When you are in a new database click on Help to see what is available. A couple of the functions to look for are: