Introduction to ERIC

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Introduction to ERIC

  1. 1. Introduction to ERIC<br />Presented by<br />Monique Flaccavento<br />OISE Library<br />University of Toronto<br />August 25, 2009<br />
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  3. 3. Information Literacy Outcomes for the workshop<br /> What is ERIC?<br />How do I access ERIC?<br /> Search Strategies (Boolean operators, truncation, phrase searching, etc.)<br /> Narrowing your search <br />
  4. 4. Descriptors vs. Keywords – using the <br /> ERIC thesaurus<br /> ERIC help and tutorials<br /> Finding the item in the University of <br /> Toronto Libraries / ILL<br /> My ERIC (save your citations and <br /> searches) <br />
  5. 5. What is ERIC?<br />ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is a free, “online digital library of education research and information”<br />http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/resources/html/about/about_eric.html<br />
  6. 6. “ERIC provides unlimited access to more than 1.3 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials” including…<br />http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/resources/html/collection/about_collection.html<br />
  7. 7. Books<br />Conference Papers<br />Government Documents<br />Theses & Dissertations<br />Directories<br />Bibliographies<br />And more…<br />
  8. 8. http://www.eric.ed.gov/<br />
  9. 9. Accessing ERIC through OISE<br />
  10. 10. Faculty of Education Class 1918-1919<br />OISE / UT Collection<br />http://www.100years.oise.utoronto.ca/popup2.php?id=4<br />
  11. 11. What is a Descriptor?<br />A standardized word or phrase used to describe the subject / topic of a work<br />Each index or database will have its own set of descriptors – those in ERIC are education-related<br />The list of standardized terms is included in the thesaurus<br />
  12. 12. How is a Keyword Different?<br /> Any word found anywhere in a bibliographic record <br /> A keyword may or may not represent the topic of awork<br /> Imagine a keyword search for the word child…<br />
  13. 13. Author Name: Child, Alan J.<br /> Journal Title: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry<br /> In the abstract: “Courses in child development are offered for high school students”<br />Article title: Child Care and Child Nutrition<br /> Descriptors: child language, child rearing, child abuse<br />
  14. 14. http://www.eric.ed.gov/<br />
  15. 15. Paired Activity<br />You have been assigned a paper on “sexism in elementary education”.<br />1. Using the advanced search screen, perform a keyword search for journal articles on sexism in elementary education, published from 2000 – 2009.<br />2. How many results did you obtain? How relevant are your results?<br />
  16. 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?<br />4. Using the advanced search screen, perform a descriptor search for journal articles on sexism in elementary education, published from 2000 – 2009.<br />5. How many results did you obtain in this search? How do your results compare to those in question 2?<br />
  17. 17. ERIC Help and Tutorials<br />
  18. 18. Tutorials<br />Keyword vs. Descriptor Search (1 min. 23 secs.) <br />Combining Descriptors (1 min. 4 secs.) <br />Finding the Right Descriptor (2 min. 12 secs.)<br />
  19. 19. Today’s PowerPoint presentation is available online at http://www.slideshare.net/mflaccave/introduction-to-eric<br />
  20. 20. We’re here to help!<br />In person: at the Reference Desk<br />By phone: 416-978-1860<br />By email: askeloise@oise.utoronto.ca<br />Via live chat: askON<br />Or, book an in-depth reference consultation<br />
  21. 21. We really want to help…<br /> We offer many other workshops<br /> A number of Online Research Guides are available on the Library’s homepage<br /> For the latest OISE Library news, follow us on Twitter<br />
  22. 22. Questions?<br />
  23. 23. We Appreciate Your Comments!<br /> Please take a moment to answer the following two questions:<br />What is the most important thing you learned in today’s workshop?<br />What questions do you still have about ERIC?<br />
  24. 24. Thank you!<br />

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