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Searching ERIC

Where can I find guidance on the best way to search ERIC?

ERIC’s intuitive search engine does not require complex strategies to return relevant results. For a brief tutorial on searching the ERIC website, access the following video:

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 by viewing the video below. If you would like to use more complex search strategies, you can find information at https://eric.ed.gov/?advanced.

Are there any tips for searching on the ERIC Website?

Yes, there are a few things to keep in mind when putting a search string together:

  • The default between search terms in the ERIC website is AND (in the API it is OR).
  • You do not need to add a * to search terms to retrieve variations of the search word—ERIC automatically stems terms.
  • You must use straight quote marks such as "term" and not smart or curly quote marks such as “term”.

What are the fields in an ERIC record?

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. Note that the webinar from 2018 includes the Reference Count field, which is no longer in use in ERIC. The webinar does not include the recently added Data File URL field, which is used by grantees and others to enter a link to their Data Management Plan.

How can I find records published in a specific year?

You can search within specific fields using the ERIC field name, which is pubyear for the publication year. Following is an example of the search format – algebra pubyear:2020. See more information on field-specific searching on the Advanced Search page at https://eric.ed.gov/?advanced.

Is it possible to search for records within a publication date range?

Yes. ERIC allows for date range searching. Use the following format – algebra pubyearmin:1990 pubyearmax:2000. See more information on field-specific searching on the Advanced Search page at https://eric.ed.gov/?advanced.

How can I get additional information about IES publications?

For publications produced by IES, ERIC includes a link in the IES Publication field on the record that will re-direct you to the IES website. Here you can find additional information about the publication. The video below explains about the ERIC links and the IES publication page.

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

For material published as a result of an IES grant, the ERIC record includes a link on the grant number that will re-direct you to the award information on the IES website. There 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.

You might also be interested in the joint What Works Clearinghouse and ERIC webinar on best practices for conducting a What Works Clearinghouse systematic literature review. Access the recorded webinar to hear the principles underlying a systematic literature search and how to use ERIC effectively for these types of searches:

This video shows one way that researchers may want to use the ERIC API to conduct a systematic review. It shows how to use the fields in ERIC to capture all relevant research and how to export findings to a spreadsheet.

Why are certain author names a clickable link?

ERIC began including links to author identification information in the summer of 2016, when available. The links are embedded in the author’s name, and they go to third-party sites (e.g., ORCID) that provide information about the author, including additional publications. 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 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. Access the following video for more information on linking from ERIC to the study pages on the What Works Clearinghouse website.