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National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)

What is ERIC?

globe fading into a libraryThe Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) is an internet-based digital library of education research and information sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC provides access to bibliographic records of journal and non-journal literature from 1966 to the present. ERIC also contains a growing collection of materials in Adobe PDF format. ERIC's mission is to provide a comprehensive, easy-to-use, searchable Internet-based bibliographic and full-text database of education research and information for educators, researchers, and the general public. Activities that fulfill the ERIC mission are broadly categorized as collection development, content authorizations and agreements, acquisitions and processing, database and website operations, and communications.

What's in the collection?

The ERIC collection includes bibliographic records (citations, abstracts, and other pertinent data) for more than 1.4 million items indexed since 1966, including:

  • journal articles
  • books
  • research syntheses
  • conference papers
  • technical reports
  • policy papers, and
  • other education-related materials

Currently, more than 650 journals are indexed in ERIC. About 500 of these journals are indexed comprehensively — every article in each issue is included in ERIC. A small number (about 150) are indexed selectively — only those articles that are education-related are selected for indexing.

In addition, contributors have given ERIC permission to display more than 400,000 full-text materials in PDF format—at no charge. These materials are generally part of the recent "grey literature" such as conference papers and reports, rather than journal articles and books. Most materials published 2004 and forward include links to other sources, including publishers' websites.

icon of a computer userWho uses ERIC?

ERIC users include education researchers, teachers, librarians, administrators, education policymakers, instructors and students in teacher-preparation programs, parents, the media and business communities, and the general public. The user community conducts more than six million searches each month through the ERIC website and commercial and non-commercial sites.

icon of a laptopHow can I use ERIC?

You can use the ERIC website to:

  • Search the ERIC database using basic or advanced search options
  • Find records of relevant materials
  • Manage search criteria and search results
  • Link to available full-text materials - PDF in ERIC, or on publishers' websites
icon of a questionHow does ERIC work?

Applied Engineering Management (AEM) Corporation operates the ERIC Project under contract to the U.S. Department of Education. The ERIC contract supports development and management of the digital collection, website, and associated technologies, as well as outreach to ERIC users.