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What does the acronym ERIC stand for?

Education Resources Information Center

Who uses ERIC?

ERIC has five main user groups: academics, researchers, educators, policymakers, and the general public. See our PDF on ERICWho Uses ERIC infographic for more information on ERIC’s user groups.

Do I need a subscription to use ERIC?

The ERIC website is offered for public use by the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education. There is no membership or subscription required.

Can ERIC help me write an education research paper?

ERIC is widely used by students, researchers, faculty members, and others who are responding to course requirements or developing reports for their work. This video below gives step-by-step instructions on how to narrow your topic, use search filters, and take advantage of the ERIC Thesaurus to target specific resources.

Does ERIC have an API?

Yes. ERIC implemented an API to help researchers, developers, and third-party providers gain flexible access to ERIC metadata. You can search the ERIC database at and export the metadata to a variety of programs for analysis and data display or download to a database. The API provides a range of options for using ERIC’s freely available metadata. For information on the many uses of the API, and how to access and use the API tool, see our recorded webinar.

For a short overview of the ERIC API, see the following video.

How do I cite an article from ERIC?

See the video for guidance on how to cite materials in the collection.

How can I get permission to use an article in my research?

ERIC does not hold copyright to the materials indexed in the collection. Contact the copyright holder for further assistance. For additional information, see the ERIC Copyright Policy and the following video that provides greater detail on copyright in ERIC.

How can I get in touch with a publisher or author in ERIC?

ERIC does not maintain a directory of authors, but you can typically find publisher contact information in the ERIC record, through the Direct Link available in many article records, and through the author links to third-party sites that are now available in a growing number of ERIC records.

Can I embed ERIC on my website or Libguide?

Yes – and to make this easier for users, we have created a widget you can embed on your site:

Does ERIC include materials for education policymakers?

ERIC indexes a wide variety of free, peer-reviewed, full-text materials that can help support the work of policymakers. This webinar explains what policymakers need to know about ERIC, including the kinds of relevant full-text resources that are available and how to find these materials easily on the free ERIC website.

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 PDF on ERIChere. This list will be updated periodically to reflect any new documents made available online through the PDF restoration process.

Where can I find additional information on ERIC?

The Multimedia page has links to a wide variety of videos, infographics, and recorded webinars on ERIC. The PDF on ERICERIC Product Guide provides a quick overview of ERIC’s support products, and the PDF on ERICERIC Year in Review 2019 infographic depicts recent improvements and enhancements. Students, professors, and academic librarians might also be interested in the following video on the support products developed with their needs in mind.

What are the fields in an ERIC record?

ERIC provides an infographic and a webinar on the ERIC record fields. The PDF on ERICGuide to the ERIC Record depicts the record structure and provides a description of each field. The recorded webinar below presents an overview, takes a deeper look at fields that are not self-explanatory, and answers frequently asked questions.

How do I stay in touch with ERIC?

For general updates, you can sign up for our emailed Newsflash. 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, email us at The ERIC help desk would be happy to provide general search assistance, tips for using the ERIC website, and to answer any questions that you may have about ERIC.

What is the history of ERIC?

ERIC was founded on May 15, 1964. PDF on ERICLearn more about the history of ERIC here. For basic information about ERIC, see the video.