(Educational Resources Information Center
) is one of many databases available in the EBSCOhost
platform, but is also available elsewhere as well (see below). Established in 1966, ERIC
is an online digital library of education research and information. It is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. It provides extensive access to educational-related literature, and is said to be the largest education database in the world. It includes more than 1.3 million bibliographic records.
There are two types of ERIC content:
* Journal articles (EJ).
Most are from peer-reviewed journals, and many are available in full-text, depending on the version of ERIC being used (see below).
* ERIC Documents (ED).
These consist of materials from a range of sources, including scholarly organisations, professional associations, research centres, policy organisations, University Presses, the U.S. Department of Education and other U.S. federal agencies, and state and local agencies. They include conference papers, research papers, dissertations, theses, reports, audiovisual media, bibliographies, directories, and books. Many are available in full-text.
Subject coverage includes:
* Adult, career and vocational education
* Elementary and early childhood education
* Education management
* Higher education
* Junior colleges
* Second-language learning
* Special education
* Teacher education
* Tests, measurement, and evaluation
A thesaurus is available to assist with subject-searching.
Charles Sturt Library has access to ERIC
via 2 different platforms/interfaces. In addition to this EBSCOhost version, ERIC
is also available via the ERIC website
. These versions differ in their interface, the frequency of updating, and the amount of full-text content.
ERICs own website includes fewer links to full-text but is updated more regularly and does have extra information about ERIC as a resource.