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  • 1. WHAT IS ERIC? AN OVERVIEW OF THE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES INFORMATION CENTER DATABASE by MARK HABERTHE COLLEGE OF NEW ROCHELLE, GILL LIBRARY October 2008
  • 2. WHAT IS ERIC? EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES INFORMATION CENTER
  • 3. ERIC Facts Established in 1966 Sponsored by U.S. Dept. of Education Contains both journal articles and documents
  • 4. WHAT ARE ERIC DOCUMENTS?  Papers presented at scholarly conferences  Reports of school districts  Reports of state departments of education  Doctoral dissertations in education
  • 5. Limiting Your Search ERIC Searches can be limited to: Journal articles only Peer reviewed materials Full text materials
  • 6. Controlled Vocabulary Agreed upon term for a subject or concept (in ERIC, these are called “Descriptors”)Phonic method USE PhonicsReading disabilities USE Reading DifficultiesSpeech handicaps USE Speech Impairments
  • 7. Use of Thesaurus List of ERIC Descriptors Scope Note (ERIC’s definition of the term) Other Terms (Broader, Narrower, Related)
  • 8. Boolean Searching Combine Search Terms “AND” narrows the search (retrieved item must have all the terms) “OR” broadens the search (retrieved item can have one or more of any of the terms) “NOT” limits the search (retrieved item does not have the term)
  • 9. Truncation The asterisk * at the end of the root of a word retrieves the word and all forms of the word Teach* retrieves teach, teacher, teaching, etc. Adolescen* retrieves adolescent, adolescence, etc. Read* retrieves read, reader, reading, etc.
  • 10. Retrieving the full text Some articles and documents are available full text Others can be requested at the Circulation Desk Journal articles and ERIC documents that are not owned by CNR can be ordered via Illiad The Arrigoni Library at Iona College (715 North Ave. New Rochelle) also has many ERIC documents and education journals and is available for use by CNR students.
  • 11. Advantages of Using ERIC Contains both journal articles and ERIC documents Comprehensive Thesaurus Boolean Searching