Answered By: Coe Library Help Desk
Last Updated: Jul 11, 2017     Views: 12

ERIC is an important resource for tracking education literature. ERIC indexes not only journals; it makes available the full text of research reports, conference papers, and other non-journal items. However, in 2013, ERIC discovered that many documents it had digitized a decade ago revealed private information. ERIC removed most documents from the Web and has been restoring them. Most information is now available but it still an ongoing review process.

In the meantime, you have several options if you receive the ERIC error message:

Avoid the ERIC documents in your database search.

  • Use the Education Full Text database, which focuses on journals.
  • Use ERIC, but limit your search to journals. Select journals under search options or source types. Marking the peer-reviewed box is another option.
  • In the library catalog, switch to a subject search. Ask a librarian if you need help finding the subject heading for your topic.

You may need to include ERIC documents for a thorough literature review. If so, here are some strategies for getting them.

  • Many of the documents are available from other organizations. Try a Google search for the item's title.
  • The library has many pre-2006 documents on microfiche. ERIC microfiche are on Level 1 of Coe Library and arranged by document (ED) number. Library staff can assist you in reading the microfiche and making copies. If you are off-campus, use Request It.
  • The documents may be available through other libraries. Use Request It and interlibrary loan staff will try to track down the document to get a copy for you.
  • ERIC is in the process of restoring the documents. Use their request form to give your needed document priority.

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