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If you see "Download Full Text" in the grey box to right after you search, then ERIC has permission for you to download the article for free. To only see these articles, make sure the "Full text available on ERIC" box is checked when you search.

“PDF Release Pending” means that the document is temporarily unavailable due to concerns about personally identifiable information in some of our older documents. Almost all of the PDF pending release documents should be released by July 2014. If you do not see either option, it means that ERIC does not have permission to release that document. You can get access through your local or university library.

The article I want says “PDF Release Pending”. What does that mean?
“PDF Release Pending” means that we are unable to release that document electronically at this time due to concerns about personally identifiable information in some of our older, non-peer reviewed documents. We are currently analyzing each document and are returning documents to ERIC on an ongoing basis. We expect this project to be complete in July 2014. In the meantime, the articles may be able to be retrieved through interlibrary loan and via microfiche.

If full text is not available through ERIC, how can I see the article?
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How can I get my journal to be indexed in ERIC?
ERIC has recently revised its selection policy and developed a list of newly approved journals and non-journals. Twice a year we will review new potential sources. To be notified when the review period begins, please sign up for our emailed Newsflash.

What journals are indexed in ERIC?
The list of currently approved journals can be found at: and the approved list of non-journal sources can be found at

What is the selection policy and why is it being reviewed?
The current ERIC Selection Policy establishes the standards and criteria for selecting materials for the library. To view the selection policy, see here:

What is a dead term?
A dead term is a thesaurus descriptor that used to be included in ERIC, but is no longer a current term. If you are looking for historical material, you may find it helpful to check the box.

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