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ERIC Database - Search tips: ERIC basics

Not finding what you want in ERIC? Try these tips for more success.

Where am I?

You are searching ERIC if you see the green and blue EBSCO logo and the "Searching ERIC" database information.  EBSCOhost is NOT the database, ERIC is.

What's in ERIC?

ERIC is a database for education that includes citations for over 1.3 million items.  It is maintained by the U.S. Department of Education, and includes material from approximately 1965 to the present.  There are two general categories of material in ERIC.

Citations for journal articles

  • Designated by an EJ number in the citation
  • Some may have a link to the full text in the citation, others may have a 'Get It' button to find the item in another UST database


 Citations for documents

  • These can be any of a variety of other material (eg. a research report, a curriculum guide, a conference presentation, a statistical report, or even a citation for a book)
  • Recent documents (since 2005) should be available in full text. 
  • For older items, check with a librarian if you run into trouble retrieving the item.
  • Designated by an ED number in the citation.

A journal citation looks like this

A document citation looks like this

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Conrad Woxland
Charles J. Keffer Library | MOH 206F
Subjects: Education, Psychology