ERIC Adds RSS, Journal Updates and More
Oct 05, 2008
ERIC is pleased to announce several significant updates to the www.eric.ed.gov website which build on the major site redesign released in August, 2008. These updates are: ERIC RSS, a downloadable list of currently indexed ERIC journals, updates to the Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors, as well as additional tutorials.
With ERIC's new RSS feature, researchers can define and subscribe to custom feeds which are based on their search criteria. This feature provides both end-users and education website owners with a means to identify and access fresh content matching their interests as it is added to the ERIC Collection.
ERIC has expanded journal indexing from 547 titles in 2005 to more than 825 titles today. The new up-to-date downloadable journal list provides the ISSN, type of coverage (comprehensive or selective), and peer-reviewed status of each currently indexed title.
The Summer 2008 update to the Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors includes more than 40 new Descriptors. In addition, two terms have been reinstated. The update also includes term records amended to clarify usage, and adds new synonyms (i.e., non-postable terms) that guide users to the appropriate Descriptor(s).
Seven new tutorials have been added to the eight released in August to assist both regular and first-time visitors to the ERIC website. The new tutorials address locating full text, narrowing searches, and understanding and using Thesaurus Descriptors in searches.
ERIC values your feedback. To suggest candidates for addition to the journal list or Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors, or topics for future tutorials, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.