Answered By: Gina Bolger
Last Updated: Dec 06, 2016     Views: 1160

About ERIC

The ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) database is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide extensive access to educational-related literature.  ERIC provides coverage of journal articles, conferences, meetings, government documents, theses, dissertations, reports, audiovisual media, bibliographies, directories, books and monographs.

ERIC #s

Each ERIC record is assigned a unique accession number in the collection. These are also known as the ERIC Document Number (ED Number) and ERIC Journal Number (EJ Number).

EJ Numbers – Refer to articles published in education journals

The journal title is listed as the source and can be found in the Miller Library print collection, online using our Journals List, or through interlibrary loan.

ED Numbers – Refer to education documents such as teaching guides, research reports, bibliographies, issue papers, instructional materials, and test and evaluation instruments.
ED Numbers are classified as levels 1-3.

- Level 1 - Reproducible in paper and microfiche; and, since 1993, in electronic format; materials issued from January 1993 - July 2004 are available at no cost through - http://www.eric.ed.gov
- Level 2 - Reproducible in microfiche; full-text is no longer available through ERIC, but records remain part of the database.  Available through Miller Library.
- Level 3 - Not reproducible; records remain part of the database

ERIC through eric.ed.gov or the Miller Library Website

ERIC can be accessed either through the Department of Education website (http://eric.ed.gov) or through two Miller Library article databases, CSA and First Search.  Miller Library’s article databases provide access to 40% of the indexed journals which the DOE website does not.

Accessing ERIC through the Miller Library website (http://www.cornerstone.edu/library)

- Go to cornerstone.edu/library > Subject Guides > Education > ERIC
- Select CSA or First Search
- Use ERIC Thesaurus for best results
- For full-text click on the links after each citation
- Export to RefWorks feature

Finding Articles in ERIC

1)      See if it is located full-text in the database, by clicking on the  Full-Text (in CSA) or  ERIC Full Text (in eric.ed.gov) link.

2)      Check the ERIC #.  If it is an ED Number between ED233000 and ED483004 (years 1981- 2003) it is available in Microfiche at Miller Library.

3)      If not located full-text in the database, use the “Find it at Miller Library” tool to see if it is located in another database.  In CSA, click on.  In eric.ed.gov, click on Find in a Library, then (eric.ed.gov).

4)      If the “Find it at Miller Library” tool does not yield any results, do a “Journal Title” search.  In CSA, click on Check Your Catalog.  In eric.ed.gov, click on Find in a Library, then Search for full text.

5)      Request the article through InterLibrary Loan, click Submit an ILL request.