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  • 1. Introduction to ERIC
    Presented by
    Monique Flaccavento
    OISE Library
    University of Toronto
    August 25, 2009
  • 2.
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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
  • 5. What is ERIC?
    ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is a free, “online digital library of education research and information”
  • 6. “ERIC provides unlimited access to more than 1.3 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials” including…
  • 7. Books
    Conference Papers
    Government Documents
    Theses & Dissertations
    And more…
  • 8.
  • 9. Accessing ERIC through OISE
  • 10. Faculty of Education Class 1918-1919
    OISE / UT Collection
  • 11. 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
  • 12. 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…
  • 13. 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
  • 14.
  • 15. 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?
  • 16. 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?
  • 17. ERIC Help and Tutorials
  • 18. Tutorials
    Keyword vs. Descriptor Search (1 min. 23 secs.)
    Combining Descriptors (1 min. 4 secs.)
    Finding the Right Descriptor (2 min. 12 secs.)
  • 19. Today’s PowerPoint presentation is available online at
  • 20. We’re here to help!
    In person: at the Reference Desk
    By phone: 416-978-1860
    By email:
    Via live chat: askON
    Or, book an in-depth reference consultation
  • 21. We really want to help…
    We offer many other workshops
    A number of Online Research Guides are available on the Library’s homepage
    For the latest OISE Library news, follow us on Twitter
  • 22. Questions?
  • 23. We Appreciate Your Comments!
    Please take a moment to answer the following two questions:
    What is the most important thing you learned in today’s workshop?
    What questions do you still have about ERIC?
  • 24. Thank you!