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Does ERIC have an advanced search feature?

The search engine was designed to use smart search technology. If you type what you are looking for without using advanced Boolean logic, the most relevant results will appear as the first results. Learn more about our search engine in the video Searching eric.ed.gov. If you would like to use more complex search strategies, you can find more information about that at https://eric.ed.gov/?advanced.

What are the fields in an ERIC record?

ERIC provides an infographic and a webinar on the ERIC record fields. The infographic 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 can I get additional information about IES publications?

For all publications published by IES, ERIC includes a hyperlink in the IES Publication field that will re-direct you to the IES website. Here you can find additional information about the publication. The video Using ERIC Links to IES Publication and Funding Information provides information about the ERIC links and the IES publication page.

How can I find information on the IES grant that funded a publication?

For all IES grants, the ERIC record includes a hyperlink on the grant number that will re-direct you to the award information on the IES website. You will find background information on the grant, as well as additional publications funded by that grant. Learn more on finding IES grant information in ERIC in the video.

Is there guidance for using ERIC to conduct a systematic evidence review?

ERIC has search tools available on the website to help you conduct this kind of research. Here's a recorded webinar that demonstrates the use of these tools for conducting a systematic review.

Why are certain author names a clickable link?

ERIC began including links to author identification information, when available, to ERIC records in the summer of 2016. The links are embedded in the author name, and they go to third party sites that provide information about the author, including additional publications. The supported sites include SciENcv, NIH eRA Commons, NSF FastLane, and ORCID. See our video to learn about the kinds of author information you can find using these links.

The ERIC record I was viewing has a link to a What Works Clearinghouse study page. What does that mean?

The What Works Clearinghouse study pages break down all of the information in the study, such as the setting, who was studied, how the study was conducted, and the findings, and puts it into a user-friendly website. See the video for more information on linking from ERIC to the study pages on the What Works Clearinghouse website.