Looking for education research? ERIC has over
1.5 million records of journal articles, reports, and books related to the field of education,
including many peer reviewed and full-text materials. ERIC is a free resource funded
by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. The search engine at
eric.ed.gov uses powerful and intuitive discovery tools to deliver relevant, recent content
without the need for complicated searches. The easy-to-use search returns quality matches
for your terms across a set of key ERIC fields including: title, author, source, abstract,
and descriptors from the ERIC Thesaurus. The results will include all records with
your search terms or their variants in the key fields. For example, if you search for
the term “read,” you will also pick up records that include “reading,” “reads,”
and “readers.” You can get relevant results with a simple
search. Rather than using Boolean operators, such as “AND” and “OR,” try putting
multiple terms in a simple string. ERIC combines terms in a way that reduces the need for quotation
marks or advanced search logic. Search results are sorted based on the most
relevant matches. In this example, the search results are timely and the search terms appear
in the titles, descriptors, and abstracts. Check the box “Peer reviewed only” to
retrieve only peer reviewed journal articles and peer reviewed non-journal materials from
the Institute of Education Sciences. To see only records with full text, check the box
for “Full text available on ERIC.” You’ll find limiters on the left side of
the results page to help narrow your findings within the most frequently searched fields
in ERIC. The number to the right of each limiter represents the number of matching records
in your results. For example, there are six peer reviewed, full text records from the
National Center for Special Education Research in the results from this search. You may add
multiple limiters to your search criteria. While the majority of research needs can be
easily accomplished with a simple ERIC search, there are some cases when a direct field search
is useful. One example is when you are looking for records
by an author with a last name like Young, which is also a common term in education.
If you search for “technology young,” you’ll get records on technology for young
students, as well as records by authors named Young.
A field search by author, however, using the format “technology author:young,” will return
only records by authors or co-authors named Young who wrote journal articles, reports,
or books about technology. Note, however, that you can typically obtain
better results by not limiting your searches to specific fields.
If, for example, you are searching for author Ruth Curran Neild’s work on high school
dropouts, searching with “author:“Ruth Neild” AND descriptor:dropout” produces four results.
However, the basic search “Ruth Neild dropout” yields the same four articles, as well as
three additional articles that are relevant to your search.
These additional results mention Ruth Curran Neild’s related work in the abstract, but
aren’t retrieved when the search is limited to the author field. The new results include:
a summary of research on dropouts that features her work, a book in which she wrote a chapter,
and a reference to a companion research report that she co-authored.
Using ERIC’s powerful and intuitive search engine will allow you to easily and productively
search the 1.5 million education-related materials available at eric.ed.gov – your free, online
path to relevant, recent content without the need for complicated searches.
For questions, or to provide feedback, contact the ERIC help desk via email or phone.
For more from ERIC, visit us on Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.