ERIC - Education Resources Information Center

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ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is a national online digital library sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. The largest education database in the world, ERIC contains over 1.3 million citations for journal articles, books, research papers, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers, dissertations, theses, and other materials in the field of education. ERIC provides full text for 328, 266 items. The digital library includes indexing for 1085 journals, 983 of which are comprehensively indexed. A majority of the journals are peer-reviewed. The ERIC online digital library is publicly accessible at


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For help using these indexes see: How do I find an article on my topic?

User tools and features

  • Journal alerts and Search history alerts.
  • Compatible with RefWorks.
  • Saved searches. Free My EBSCOHost account required.
  • A visual search tab allows the user to search efficiently across broad subjects, and then returns a visual map of results, organized by topic.
  • iPhone and Android applications.

Dates covered

1966 to the present.

Updating frequency

Monthly. Records are added weekly to the publicly accessible ERIC, with monthly uploads forwarded to commercial vendors (i.e., EBSCO) supporting the digital library.


Scholarly organizations, professional associations, research centers, policy organizations, university presses, the U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies, state and local agencies, Individual contributors submit conference papers, research papers, dissertations, and theses.

Type of coverage

Citations with abstracts for 1966+ and a continually expanding collection of full text educational documents (i.e. ED numbers). ERIC provides full text for 328,266 records, including materials from non-journal sources, journals, online submissions, and the ERIC microfiche collection (1966-2004). RUL contains the full text of many of the journals cited.

Print counterpart or
related resources

Research in Education(1968-1974); Resources in Education (1975-January 2000); and Current index to journals in education: CIJE (1969-2001). See the for holdings.

Alexander Library also owns a complete collection of the educational documents (ED numbers) available on microfiche. These may be retrieved from Alexander's Current Periodicals/Microforms Room using the ED number. The ERIC database includes the full text of approximately 301,380 of these documents from 1966-2004.

Producer/content provider

ERIC Processing and Reference Facility, Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC)

Vendor/electronic presentation provider


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