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ERIC Database - Search tips: Search limits

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

#2 Tip

Use the limiting options to focus your search.

Advanced use of limits

In addition to the example provided in the next column, there are several other ways to limit your search. Look around on the search screen for these options.

  • intended audience: administrators, teachers, parents, etc.
  • educational level: adult education, a specific grade level (1-12), high school, postsecondary, etc.
  • publication type: journals, books, dissertations, bilingual materials, speeches/meeting papers, etc.
  • a specific journal title
  • a specific ED or EJ number

ERIC Lingo


Let's pretend your assignment is to find peer-reviewed articles on your topic from the past 7 years.  There are 3 possible ways set limits to your search, and accomplish this:

  1. select options on the basic search screen
  2. select options on the advanced search screen
  3. set limits after you have completed a search, and you are viewing results.


See examples below.

Option 1: Basic search screen

Option 2: Advanced search screen

Option 3: Limit results after searching

This box will appear on the left side of your results list.  Click on the "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" box, and slide the timeline bar to choose the years you wantAs you complete each step, the number of results will automatically be updated.

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