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 includes citations for journal articles, books, research papers, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers, dissertations, theses, and other materials in the field of education. 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?

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). Includes materials from non-journal sources, journals, online submissions, and the ERIC microfiche collection (1966-2004).

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 QuickSearch for holdings.

Alexander Library also owns a partial 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.

Producer/content provider

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

Vendor/electronic presentation provider


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