ERIC Resources for College and University-Based Users
ERIC is a digital library of education research,
sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education
and contains 1.7 million records of journal articles, reports, and books.
This video will help students, faculty, and librarians learn about ERIC’s support products
that can help with their work and studies. These products can be found on the
Multimedia page at eric.ed.gov. This page links to videos, infographics, and
webinars that cover a broad range of topics including basic information, best practices
for searching ERIC and using the Thesaurus, details regarding the ERIC collection, and
how to submit resources for possible indexing. We also have a widget that provides quick
access to ERIC’s most popular resources. Now we’ll take a look at a sampling of resources
that could be helpful for college and university users. Our most popular video, Searching eric.ed.gov, provides tips on the most effective ways to
search ERIC for education research. It walks you through how to find quality results without
the need for complex searches. ERIC’s intuitive search engine returns
relevant records using a simple search. The video covers intuitive searching as an
effective way to find resources, tools available to help focus your results, and instances
when more advanced techniques might work best. We also provide guidance for conducting targeted
searches using descriptors from the ERIC Thesaurus. The video, “Why Use Descriptors in Your ERIC
Search?” can help you understand how descriptors work and why you may want to use them.
The video describes three ways descriptors can help focus your search, including expanding
your results by finding relevant records, narrowing your results when a term has multiple
meanings, and eliminating irrelevant results that might be retrieved in a keyword search.
In addition to basic search guidance, ERIC also has resources that support student and
faculty research. A video for students and others who are new to using ERIC for research
is called “How ERIC Can Help You Write a Research Paper.” This video walks through
the process of developing an academic paper. The video describes how to narrow your research
topic, and provides sample searches that demonstrate how to use filters and other tools to refine
your search results. It also provides guidance on how to select
relevant resources, and evaluate the quality and appropriateness of the
resources you’ve found. There is also a recorded webinar to support
users conducting a systematic review in ERIC. This webinar, “Using ERIC for Systematic
Evidence Reviews,” describes what systematic evidence reviews are, their
importance in education research, and step-by-step instruction on using ERIC’s
limiters, identifiers, and descriptors for conducting this type of research.
A critical aspect of writing research paper, or any scholarly work, involves citing the
resources used in your work. We developed the video “Creating Citations Using Elements
in the ERIC Record” to help users who do not have access to automated citation tools.
This video shows where to find the information you need in the ERIC record to
accurately cite the resources. ERIC has almost 400,000 full-text documents
available for viewing and downloading. However, while working in ERIC
and reviewing the results of your searches, you may find a resource you want to use in your research that does
not have full text. The video “Finding Full-Text Materials in ERIC” can help.
The video explains how our agreements with publishers govern the display of full text
for copyrighted materials, how to tell if full text is available in ERIC, and what options
are available for obtaining the article when ERIC has not been granted
permission to provide it. Many college and university researchers get
grants or contracts from the Institute of Education Sciences to conduct research and
develop reports. If you are a grantee or are interested in submitting your work to ERIC,
you may want to see the videos designed to help you with your submission.
There are three helpful videos, including IES Public Access Policy, Tips for Using the
ERIC Online Submission System, and Tips and Best Practices for Writing ERIC Abstracts.
The IES Public Access video covers the fundamentals of grantee and contractor submissions to ERIC.
It describes who is required to submit their work, what must be submitted, when the submission
should take place, where to find the ERIC online submission system, and why
it’s important to submit your work to ERIC. The video “Tips for Using the ERIC Online
Submission System” provides step-by-step instructions to ensure a successful submission to ERIC. Since all submissions to ERIC require an abstract, we developed the video “Tips and Best Practices
for Writing ERIC Abstracts.” The video describes the purpose of an abstract, the five key elements
each abstract should address including purpose, methods, results, implications, and additional
materials, and provides tips to help you write a high-quality abstract. To help librarians and faculty provide quick access to ERIC resources for students and
others, ERIC developed a widget that links to ERIC’s most frequently used tools. The widget links to ERIC Search, the Thesaurus, and three of ERIC’s most popular support
videos, About ERIC, Searching eric.ed.gov, and How ERIC Can Help You Write a Research Paper.
You can find the widget in the footer of the ERIC website, or on the ERIC Basics
page of the Multimedia page. The ERIC widget, and all of our support tools,
may be embedded without permission in LibGuides, on library websites, and in other electronic resources. For quick look at all of the resources available
for your use, check out our Product Guide which lists all ERIC products on a single
page and includes a link to each resource. The Product Guide, like all of ERIC’s support
products, is available in the Multimedia area of the ERIC website. For quick access to these selected resources,
click on the videos.