Frequently Asked Questions
Materials Indexed in ERIC
How do materials get indexed in ERIC?
This infographic walks through the steps an article takes to get indexed in ERIC.
What is the selection policy?
The current ERIC Selection Policy establishes the standards and criteria for selecting materials for the library. It was most recently revised in January 2016.To view the selection policy, see here: http://eric.ed.gov/?selection
How can I get my journal to be indexed in ERIC?
ERIC revised its selection policy in January 2014 and developed a list of newly approved journals and non-journals in May 2014. In November and May of every year we will review new potential sources against the selection policy to see if they would be good fits for ERIC. To nominate a source, please email it to ERICRequests@ed.gov.
What journals are indexed in ERIC?
The list of currently approved journals can be found at: http://eric.ed.gov/?journals and the approved list of non-journal sources can be found at http://eric.ed.gov/?nonjournals
How do I submit my article to be indexed in ERIC?
The ERIC online submission system can be found at http://eric.ed.gov/submit.
I have questions about online submission. Where can I get more information?
I am a grantee and I am confused about what the requirements are for me.
Where is the advanced search?
The search engine was designed to use smart search technology. If you type what you are looking for without quotes or advanced Boolean logic, the most relevant results will appear as the first results. If would like to use more complex search strategies, you can find more information about that here: http://eric.ed.gov/?advanced and learn about our search engine in this video.
Finding Full Text
How do I download full text for the article that I want?
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.
The article I want says "PDF Restoration Pending". What does that mean?
"PDF Release Pending" and "PDF Restoration Pending" means that the document is temporarily unavailable because the existing copy in ERIC was of very poor quality. This document was originally scanned from microfiche. Much of the text was lost in the digitization process and the resulting copy is barely legible. We are working to see if we can make a more readable copy. In the meantime, the document can still be found on microfiche and obtained through interlibrary loan.
If full text is not available through ERIC, how can I see the article?
To find free access to the full text of these articles, please contact your local or university library. They may be able to help you access through interlibrary loan or through one of their databases.
I am looking to weed my microfiche collection. Which ERIC records should I keep?
The documents which are currently available on microfiche, but not online, can be found here. This list will be updated annually to reflect any new documents made available online through the PDF restoration process.
How many terms are in the Thesaurus?
As of October 2015, the ERIC Thesaurus contains a total of 11,721 terms. There are 4,520 Descriptors and 7,068 Synonyms. There are also 133 Dead terms which are no longer used as Descriptors but remain in the Thesaurus to aid in searching older records.
How is the ERIC Thesaurus maintained?
The ERIC Thesaurus goes through periodic updates to reflect changes in the English language. Learn more in this video.
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.
Help and General Information
How do I stay in touch with ERIC?
For general updates, you can sign up for our emailed Newsflash at http://ies.ed.gov/newsflash. ERIC is located under the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
How can I get help using ERIC?
If you have a specific question, you can call the ERIC Help Desk at 1-800-LET-ERIC or email us at ERICRequests@ed.gov. The ERIC help desk would be happy to provide general search assistance, tips for using the ERIC website, and to answer any questions that users have about ERIC. However, we are unable to provide assistance outside of the scope of ERIC and are unable to provide reference services.
What is the history of ERIC?
ERIC was founded on May 15, 1964. Learn more about the history of ERIC here.