ERIC Number: ED345756
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Myths and Realities about ERIC. ERIC Digest.
Stonehill, Robert M.
Ten commonly held misconceptions about the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) information system are presented together with a brief discussion of the facts for each one. These factual responses provide the following overview of the ERIC system. ERIC is a national information system that includes 16 clearinghouses and four support components. In 1991, the system acquired and indexed 30,000 new documents and journal articles, produced more than 200 publications, responded to more than 100,000 requests for information, distributed more than 17 million microfiche, and increased its formal network of ERIC Partners to more than 500 education organizations. ERIC is the world's most widely used education database, with more than 3,000 locations around the world receiving ERIC print or database products. About 900 of these maintain complete microfiche collections and provide search services for clients. It is easy to submit documents to ERIC and authors remain free to submit their work to any journal or publisher. The system has strict quality control procedures that govern the selection of documents; in 1991, approximately 32% of the documents submitted were rejected. Announcing a document in ERIC can be an effective marketing tool, as people are more apt to want an original document from the publisher than a photocopy or microfiche from ERIC. The system produces four reference and referral databases as well as the bibliographic database of ERIC documents and journal articles. ERIC is committed to reach audiences that include practitioners, policymakers, and parents, as well as researchers. Components of the ERIC system responded to more than 42,000 requests from teachers and administrators in 1991, and several recent studies show that not only is ERIC recognized by teachers and administrators, but that its products are used and appreciated. (BBM)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Clearinghouses, Databases, Education, Federal Programs, Information Services, Information Sources, Information Systems, Microfiche, Online Searching, Publications
ERIC Clearinghouse on Information Resources, 030 Huntington Hall, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244-2340 (free while supply lasts).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information Resources, Syracuse, NY.