Western Kentucky University

Guide to ERIC

ERIC Collection || ERIC Database || How It All Fits Together || What Is ERIC


What is ERIC?

The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) is a national information system designed to provide users with ready access to an extensive body of education-related literature. ERIC, established in 1966, to improve American education by increasing and facilitating the use of educational research and information on practice in the activities of learning, teaching, educational decision making, and research, wherever and whenever these activities take place. It is supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, and the National Library of Education. One of the major products of the Center is the ERIC database.


The ERIC Database

With over 850,000 abstracts, the ERIC database is the largest collection of education-related abstracts. The abstracts are for those items that are indexed in Resources in Education and Current Index to Journals in Education. Access the database from the EBSCOhost or FirstSearch services or from the ERIC web site.


The ERIC Collection

The full text of the ERIC documents (EDs) may be found in a microfiche collection to which the University Libraries subscribes. They are located on the second floor of Helm Library in the Periodicals and Micoforms area. It is possible to make paper copies from the microfiche.

The full text of the journal articles may be found by identifying the title, volume, and specific issue of a journal in the source field of the record. The next step in retrieving the article is to determine whether the libraries subscribes to the title. Search our online catalog, TOPCAT, by title (t = name of journal) to find out our holdings.


How It All Fits Together

Check out the ERIC web site if you have any questions about the database or other services that are provided by the Center. Among the information available at the site is a more detailed explanation of the database and records.

 Last Modified 6/25/14