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ERIC Number: ED107234
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-May
Pages: 193
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ERIC Newsletters: Their Content, Uses and Users.
Stanton, Vida Cummins
One facet of the information analysis and dissemination program of the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) includes newsletters issued by the ERIC clearinghouses. Seventeen of the 19 clearinghouses operational in 1969 published newsletters; all of the 1969 issues of these newsletters were examined and content analyzed. A great variation was revealed in the inclusion of content categories and in the extent of treatment of those categories. Certain characteristics of the newsletter recipients, the newsletter's effectiveness in meeting users' needs, and the importance which recipients attached to certain features of the publications were identified. Data were obtained from a questionnaire addressed to a sample of the recipients of the newsletters from six of the clearinghouses. Distinct patterns of professional interest emerged for each of the six groups surveyed. The content categories of the newsletters were most frequently "scanned" by respondents; the categories most frequently disregarded pertained to the ERIC system and individual clearinghouse news. The practice of keeping files of newsletters suggested that respondents believed these publications to have a reference value even though they were not indexed. The respondents' access to other ERIC products varied considerably, and the availability of ERIC microfiche collections was quite limited. Responses to questions on various sources of information for keeping up to date on educational research indicated that no one source was always superior. (Author/DGC)
University Microfilms, P.O. Box 1764, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106 (Order No. 73-2757, MF-$4.00, Xerography-$10.00)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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