Information Literacy Outcomes for the workshop What is ERIC? How do I access ERIC? Search Strategies (Boolean operators, truncation, phrase searching, etc.) Narrowing your search
Descriptors vs. Keywords – using the ERIC thesaurus ERIC help and tutorials Finding the item in the University of Toronto Libraries / ILL My ERIC (save your citations and searches)
What is ERIC? ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is a free, “online digital library of education research and information” http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/resources/html/about/about_eric.html
“ERIC provides unlimited access to more than 1.3 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials” including… http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/resources/html/collection/about_collection.html
Books Conference Papers Government Documents Theses & Dissertations Directories Bibliographies And more…
Faculty of Education Class 1918-1919 OISE / UT Collection http://www.100years.oise.utoronto.ca/popup2.php?id=4
What is a Descriptor? A standardized word or phrase used to describe the subject / topic of a work Each index or database will have its own set of descriptors – those in ERIC are education-related The list of standardized terms is included in the thesaurus
How is a Keyword Different? Any word found anywhere in a bibliographic record A keyword may or may not represent the topic of awork Imagine a keyword search for the word child…
Author Name: Child, Alan J. Journal Title: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry In the abstract: “Courses in child development are offered for high school students” Article title: Child Care and Child Nutrition Descriptors: child language, child rearing, child abuse
Paired Activity You have been assigned a paper on “sexism in elementary education”. 1. Using the advanced search screen, perform a keyword search for journal articles on sexism in elementary education, published from 2000 – 2009. 2. How many results did you obtain? How relevant are your results?
3. Search the thesaurus for the word sexism. Which descriptor should you use to search ERIC? Which descriptors could you use to broaden your search? 4. Using the advanced search screen, perform a descriptor search for journal articles on sexism in elementary education, published from 2000 – 2009. 5. How many results did you obtain in this search? How do your results compare to those in question 2?
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